This is not new. I am from Colombia and the banana industry has been a nightmare and a curse for the country side workers. US fruit companies, allied with government workers, and paramilitary armies have terrorized hundreds of workers. Serious suspicions of massacres of workers have been registered since 1928 until present days. Big companies such as Dole and Chiquita have been accused or condemned for sponsoring violent practices to impede the creation of worker unions in their Latin American plantations. Every single cheap banana in the US is somehow tainted with the blood and suffering of hundreds of Latin American workers.