1) I don't think people in the U.S. are so beyond redemption that they would rather eat a branded banana than no banana. Bananas are ubiquitous!
I hope you are correct. They certainly are for sale in every supermarket I visit, but there are people who walk right by the fresh produce section and head for the snacks aisle. These are the people who *might* benefit from this. It does seem like the wrong solution to watching too many TV commercials.
2) Why is the banana the "atheist's nightmare?"
Convicted criminal Ray Comfort flaunted his total ignorance with a ridiculous claim that the shape and natural packaging of the banana made it perfect for use as human food. To his pea sized brain this was proof that a genocidal Invisible Sky Monster had intelligently designed the Earth 6,000 years ago.
It is not unusual for stupid people to say stupid things, even if they are convicted felons.