Journey Of Bananas

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Starter
All food types go through different processes on the
journey from origin to plate.
The class has been divided in half. You
each have a stage in coffee’s journey.
Your task it to organise yourselves into the correct order,
to show coffee’s journey from start to finish. Let’s see
which is the fastest group!
Are you correct?
1
Picked
Grown
Dry Milling
Dried
3
4
2
Sorted
Packaged
Transported
7
5
6
Sold
8
Roasted
9
Learning objectives
• To understand the journey of a banana from origin to
plate.
Activity: Where do our bananas come from?
Write a description of
where our bananas come
from. Include continents,
N/E/S/W and specific
countries.
Activity: Going bananas!
• Write numbers 1 to 8 in your margin.
• As you watch this video, list the different stages of a
banana’s journey.
The Journey Of Bananas: From
Land To Your Hand
The Journey of Bananas: From Land to Your Hand
Did you get all the information?
• Banana trees are grown in Costa Rica using cuttings from the previous
year.
• Trees are pruned once the fruit grows, and covered in bags coated
with insecticide.
• High tech choppers spray more insecticide.
• Bananas are cut from the tree one they are grown, and transported by
pully to the processing plant.
• Bananas are sorted (washed, checked for spiders, and shape and size
is checked).
• Bananas are labelled.
• Bananas are transported to the UK by ship in special cool containers.
This takes 11 days.
• Bananas are transported by lorry to the supermarket where they are
stored, then sprayed with ethylene to ripen.
Activity: The story of a banana
• Your task is to create a storyboard to show the journey
of a banana, from tree to fruit bowl.
Each stage of your story must have a picture and
description. Give your storyboard a title. Make sure that
you state which country your banana comes from.
Linking your learning: carbon footprint
• Eating bananas has an impact on our carbon footprint.
Why do you think this is?
At each stage of a banana’s journey energy is being used
and greenhouse gases are emitted.
For example, the machinery spraying insecticides runs on
fuel (oil) and releases CO2 gases.
• Can you think of another example?
Activity: Bananas and our carbon footprint
• Your task is to describe how bananas get to the UK from
abroad, and the energy used or greenhouse gases emitted
during this journey.
You should use the following key words in your description:
Country of origin
Production
Processing
Transportation
Retail
Consumption
Plenary: What if…
What if our climate was suitable to grow bananas in your
garden?
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