This just made me facepalm: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361666/Del-Monte-packaging-Bananas-second-skin.html
Basically Del Monte is starting to package individual bananas in small plastic bags, and selling them at a premium price.
So, aside from it being nearly insane to buy bananas one-by-one, protecting a fruit that already comes in a very insulating skin is a tremendous waste of resources and source of trash. Here's the kicker:
While the trial may seem bizarre at a time when big businesses are under pressure to reduce packaging waste, Del Monte insists the addition of a clear plastic bag is actually a green measure. The company claims that the bag contains 'Controlled Ripening Technology' - which extends the shelf-life of the banana by up to six days. The banana is put into the plastic bag when it is green and, according to the manufacturers, goes on to ripen more slowly than if it had been left in the open air.
So my question is... I could see how if several bunches of bananas sit together in a store, they might speed each others' ripening. BUT, I would also think keeping 1 banana in a small bag would ALSO speed its ripening. Any other skeptical thoughts on this ripening process? Is Del Monte full of crap about this method extending shelf life?