Friday, January 30, 2009

Banana Barcode

I preface this post by stating that it's Friday.

I noticed yesterday that my banana had an individual barcode on it.

That brings up the question of why Dole is barcoding individual fruit? Or was this banana just the lucky one in the bunch, or even the entire crate, to bear the identifying mark?

Apparently, this particular banana came from Costa Rica, as stated on the label (sorry about the fuzzy image). So did Dole tag this banana in Costa Rica, and tracked it's entire movement through their supply chain and found that someone in Cleveland purchased it? Do they know that I ate it? Will they now track the peel through the garbage into the landfill?

Like I said, it's Friday.

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