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#1    spartan max2

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:08 PM

http://www.nytimes.c.../18koeppel.html


So apparently the Yellow bananas we all know and love may be gone in a decade( the Cavendish banana). A fungus is killing them all and since we mutate bananas to all be clones of each other all the bananas will die unless a solution is found :cry:

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:28 PM

NO.....!!!!....NO.....!!!!

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:36 PM

This sucks. I like bananas! They're cheap and healthy. I mean, smoothies aren't the same without bananas. Hope they find a solution.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:38 PM

I LOVE banana bread. I'm so not happy with this.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:44 PM

The world will be better off without them! They have been bombarding us with radiation since we gave up our ration cards!


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:48 PM

Cucumber sales will go up!


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:50 PM

On the bright side, those spiders which nest in them may go away too.

I jest because I really don't think this is as bad as that "OPINION" piece makes it out to be. Not Every banana in the world comes from clone stock, resistant strains must still be elsewhere in the world.

It does have a point about prices, but those will always be going up anyway for other reasons beside supply and demand.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 09:21 PM

And thus we see the problem with monoculture.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 09:56 PM

Tally man ,Tally man,tally de Banana,daylight come an' I wanna go home.
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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:17 PM

Bananas at $1 a pound; I can live with that.

I don't think that this would affect all species.  Plenty of dwarf banana plants can still be grown.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:18 PM

View Postspartan max2, on 18 March 2014 - 07:08 PM, said:

http://www.nytimes.c.../18koeppel.html


So apparently the Yellow bananas we all know and love may be gone in a decade( the Cavendish banana).
Well it's been almost six years already. That article was Published: June 18, 2008.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:20 PM

Good catch, SW.  I'm still paying less than $0.69 for bananas.   False alarm.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:52 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 18 March 2014 - 10:18 PM, said:

Well it's been almost six years already. That article was Published: June 18, 2008.

I just picked the first article I saw. barley read it myself

I just mentioned it because today my human biology professor mention that in the next ten years the breed of banana we all eat might be gone due to the fungus.


Personally I think its a problem that will be solved but its still interesting.

Edited by spartan max2, 18 March 2014 - 11:05 PM.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:55 PM

here is a more recent one. December 2013

http://www.cbsnews.c...for-top-banana/


Another interesting thing apparently Costa Rico has declared a "Banana emergency"(but it seems to be more from pest then fungus)

http://www.freshplaz...on#SlideFrame_1

Edited by spartan max2, 18 March 2014 - 11:00 PM.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:09 PM

Here is a moe upto date report on this:
https://www.wagening...nanas-again.htm


Our supermarket has plenty of bananas, if 80% of the plantations are now affected, where are all these bananas coming from and are they safe to eat?

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