Another call for Chiquita boycott

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Tobias Gourlay

BY TOBIAS GOURLAY

Another call for Chiquita boycott

EthicalOil.org urges Canadians to stop buying Chiquita bananas after the company said it would not use Canadian tar sands oil

Another call for Chiquita boycott

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Chiquita's decision to stop using oil from Canada's tar sands has prompted EthicalOil.org to release a radio advertisement encouraging listeners to boycott Chiquita bananas.

The advocacy group for Canadian tar sands has also set up a website, ChiquitaConflict.com, for the same purpose.  

Last week, Chiquita agreed to stop using oil from Canada's tar sands to move its bananas from Latin America to the US.

In response, Jason Kenney, a minister in the Canadian government, tweeted over the weekend: "I gather that Chiquita Bananas has no problem with Iranian oil, but is boycotting Canadian oil. No more Chiquita bananas for me."

The fruit giant was the target of a media campaign to stop using tar sands oil by US-based environmental group ForestEthics, but since committing to desist it has attracted the ire of Canadian organisations including the Alberta Enterprise Group, which called its decision "misguided greenwashing".

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