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A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth mystery and endangered fate of the world's most humble fruit To most people a banana is a banana a simple yellow fruit Americans eat bananas than apples and oranges combined In others parts of the world bananas are what keep millions of people alive But for all its ubiuity the banana is surprisingly mysterious; nobody knows how bananas evolved or exactly where they originated Rich cult. Cruel enemies are stalking the world s bananas and have been for decades Who knew Apparently Dan Koeppel He has tracked not only the diseases that wiped out the every day Gros Michel banana in the 1930s but has an eye out for the Panama disease that is wiping out the Cavendish banana that is the one that we see today in every supermarket and fruit stand There is yet another mortal enemy to the banana in the world called Sigatoka And the up and coming threat is from a disease called Bunchy Top which sounds like a character from Sesame Street or Carrot Top s heftier cousin than a lethal virus No one knows what effect it might have on our ability to add some slices of the world s favorite fruit and fourth largest crop to our morning cereal image from the NY Times by Vincent Tullo There is a lot to learn about the impact of the banana on the world And I would bet that all or surely most of it is in this book Banana was a fun educational and often surprising read There is a lot of information to take in and while you may know some of the info here it is certain that there is a bunch you do not Did you know that the banana tree isn t properly a tree but a very large herb Neither did I Or that the bananas we eat are considered berries Say it ain t so How about the notion that the banana was the fruit referred to in ancient texts about the Garden of Eden The climate in the Fertile Crescent was not conducive to apples And there is some softness in the translations of ancient writings The forbidden fruit was called a fig which is also what the banana was called And really doesn t it seem a fitting shape for the job Which makes it all the ironic that bananas are essentially asexual They do not breed The fruit we eat today came from cloned plants Mass consumption bananas have always come from plants that do not propagate themselves but reuire man s intervention There is a hybrid grown in Asia that is high in beta carotene promising an easier way to get vitamin A into picky children Koeppel even traces the linguistic trail of the banana as it made its way around the world noting similarities in local names for the fruit in diverse languages He peels back the layers of time to reveal the banana s place in history Latin America is prime here with many tales of corrupt agricultural corporations such as United Fruit now Chiuita and their machinations against local governments He also points out that many technological advances arose from the need to transport this perishable product long distances in a short time So you get the idea lots of info about something most of us never gave well a fig about It is a fun read and you will find yourself saying or thinking if you don t want to make the person next to you on the subway slowly edge away I did not know that Given that there are existential threats abroad to the common banana and that we are not yet ready with a cross bred version that is resistant to those threats we should probably do what we can to appreciate the banana before itumsplitsMarch 14 2017 This article from Wired is worth checking out Humans Made the Banana Perfect But Soon It ll Be Gone by Rob DunnAugust 4 2017 NY Times Annie Correal pulls back the veil that has long hidden the banana s journey from freighter to table The Secret Life of the City Banana Don t let this article slip pastJune 1 2018 but first seen 31719 Aeon Bananas have died out once before don t let it happen again by Jackie Turner

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Banana The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

Ellow banana the Cavendish is increasingly threatened by such a blight and there's no cure in sight Banana combines a pop science journey around the globe a fascinating tale of an iconic American business enterprise and a look into the alternately tragic and hilarious banana subculture one does exist ultimately taking us to the high tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes in a race to save the world's most beloved fru. Random Read 23 HistoryA fascinating look at the history of the banana from its spread as a wild fruit across the globe to its cultivation and sale If you ve never thought about bananas before this book will be a real eye opener Did you know that all bananas cultivated and sold by companies are sterile clones of each other This is why they re so easily devastated by crop fungus such as Panama disease and Black Sigatoka and also why it s so difficult to breed resistant bananas they don t reproduce Did you know there are many varieties of banana such as the Gros Michel across the globe Gros Michels taste pretty good but they aren t planted and sold on a massive scale any because they re so susceptible to disease Fun fact the song Yes We Have No Bananas is based on the fact that banana shortages were a common thing due to intermittent fungal destruction of banana crops The history of American banana cultivation is a cruel one exploitation of workers government intervention assassination clear cutting and land grabbing And since a century of doing things this way hasn t taught banana companies any lessons they continue to work this way plant crops until Panama disease or another rot infects that soil and then move to yet another razed section of land Writing in 2008 Koeppel believes that the banana most familiar to us the Cavendish is doomed in the near future just as the Gros Michel was dropped when disease nearly wiped it out He might be right But whether or not banana companies can continue with their exploitation model their history is enthralling The men who founded what would become Dole and Chiuita literally changed the world innovating refrigerated cargo ships and making an exotic tropical fruit as common and beloved as the American apple Yet as inventive and prescient as they were their colonial mindset blinded them to the dangers of short term dominance

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Ural lore surrounds the fruit In ancient translations of the Bible the 'apple' consumed by Eve is actually a banana it makes sense doesn't it Entire Central American nations have been said to rise and fall over the banana But the biggest mystery about the banana today is whether it will survive A seedless fruit with a uniue reproductive system every banana is a genetic duplicate of the next and therefore susceptible to the same blights Today's y. Wow This is a Feb 2019 update I just read an article that confirms that the banana is at great risk I thought the author of this book was trying to give a dramatic spin to his work but apparently it s all very serious Here is the article I loved looking at history through banana colored lenses Dan Koeppel did a really nice work here He did a lot of research went around the world to interview experts and managed to write a book that focuses on the history and science of the banana The book kept my interest uite high from beginning to end The structure organization is not linear at all it would be best visualized with a firework explosion but in a sense it works even better this way it s like sitting down in a pub with one of the top experts on bananas getting him completely drunk and listening to him rant away The result is a narrative that jumps around gets distracted goes back has sudden moments of humor and unexpectedly moving paragraphs but it all kind of fits together nicely I really liked it that way Despite the large amount of facts and trivia the book is a light read The author tried to infuse this work with an overarching drama which is a banana blight that is tearing through banana crops worldwide This is a fact however there seem to be some solutions in place and at least several alternatives In any case some chapters end with sentences like this is why the banana you eat today might be the last of its kind you eat Ever Hilarious But please go on Bring us another one of whatever this guy is drinking Koeppel spent many chapters on the history of United Fruit the modern Chiuita I knew it was a history of violent colonialism but I didn t know to what extent The history of the banana republics of Honduras Guatemala Panama etc is fascinating dark and disturbing Guatemala in particular with the CIA orchestrated conspiracy coup that was very much related to United Fruit and bananasOne minor flaw the focus seems to be almost entirely on American bananas and their history only a little bit on South East Asia and almost nothing on Africa The book would have been complete if it expanded a bit on Africa and what the fruit meant for African history too In the end the author recommends us to buy fair trade bananas to help plantation workers and he gives us a bit background without pushing that agenda too much Devoted to Drew y. Wow This is a Feb 2019 update I just read an article that confirms that the banana is at great risk I thought the author of this book was trying to give a dramatic spin to his work but apparently it s all very serious Here is the article I loved looking at history through banana colored lenses Dan Koeppel did a really nice work here He did a lot of research went around the world to interview experts and managed to write a book that focuses on the history and science of the banana The book kept my interest uite high from beginning to end The structure organization is not linear at all it would be best visualized with a firework explosion but in a sense it works even better this way it s like sitting down in a pub with one of the top experts on bananas getting him completely drunk and listening to him rant away The result is a narrative that jumps around gets distracted goes back has sudden moments of humor and unexpectedly moving paragraphs but it all kind of fits together nicely I really liked it that way Despite the large amount of facts and trivia the book is a light read The author tried to infuse this work with an overarching drama which is a banana blight that is tearing through banana crops worldwide This is a fact however there seem to be some solutions in place and at least several alternatives In any case some chapters end with sentences like this is why the banana Marriage by Deception you eat Ever Hilarious But please go on Bring us another one of whatever this guy is drinking Koeppel spent many chapters on the history of United Fruit the modern Chiuita I knew it was a history of violent colonialism but I didn t know to what extent The history of the banana republics of Honduras Guatemala Panama etc is fascinating dark and disturbing Guatemala in particular with the CIA orchestrated conspiracy coup that was very much related to United Fruit and bananasOne minor flaw the focus seems to be almost entirely on American bananas and their history only a little bit on South East Asia and almost nothing on Africa The book would have been complete if it expanded a bit on Africa and what the fruit meant for African history too In the end the author recommends us to buy fair trade bananas to help plantation workers and he gives us a bit background without pushing that agenda too much


10 thoughts on “Banana The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

  1. says:

    Cruel enemies are stalking the world’s bananas and have been for decades Who knew? Apparently Dan Koeppel He has tracked not only the diseases that wiped out the every day Gros Michel banana in the 1930s but has an eye out for the Panama disease that is wiping out the Cavendish banana that is the one that we see today in every supermarket and fruit stand There is yet another mortal enemy to the banana in the

  2. says:

    Rating 3 of five2019 UPDATE Climate change bids fair to deprive us of a childhood icon says this bookOne step closer to realityThis is yet another entry in the single subject world of non fiction The narrowness of focus in books such as Salt and Cod and The Book on the Bookshelf and The Pencil and Longitude seems to be an increasingly preevalent trend in publishing I am all for it on one level since I like d

  3. says:

    Do you ever get to the middle of a book and think to yourself Why on earth am I reading this? I generally manage to avoid t

  4. says:

    Bananas on Bennies I’m a big fan of “commodity histories” books on how everyday objects and products have become interwoven into our daily lives It's odd that while many educated Americans know the year the Titanic sank for example scarcely any of them know the provenance of the items on their breakfast table – the coffee in their cup

  5. says:

    Wow This is a Feb 2019 update I just read an article that confirms that the banana is at great risk I thought the author of this book was trying to give a dramatic spin to his work but apparently it’s all very serious Here is the article —I loved looking at history through banana colored lenses Dan Koeppel

  6. says:

    A review with digressions for people considering this as a book club choiceAvoiding responsibility like lying should be practiced even when not strictly necessary if one really wishes to stay at the top of one's game Still the inability to bi locate leads to occasional and unavoidable assignment of responsibility in one's absence l

  7. says:

    If you liked the book Salt you will probably find this book just as engrossing There's in here about corporate and pan American politics than I expected on first hearing about the book and I really enjoyed reading it The reasons why bananas are threatened with global extinction despite being one of the most successful agricultural crops are f

  8. says:

    Random Read 23 HistoryA fascinating look at the history of the banana from its spread as a wild fruit across the globe to its cultivation and sale If you've never thought about bananas before this book will be a real eye opener Did you know that all bananas cultivated and sold by companies are sterile clones of each other? This is why they'r

  9. says:

    This is one of the most fascinating books I've read recentlyThis book covers the history and future of the humble banana It starts with its beginnings in Asia its geographic and evolutionary progressing and the arrival of the banana to AmericaBananas are incredible the popular ones have no seed and reproduce asexually Since they're all geneti

  10. says:

    This is a really disappointing book It got lots of glowing reviews but I was consistently frustrated by it It is poorly written sloppily researched randomly organized simplistically argued The book's most egregious

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