Posted on June 25, 2008 Comments (1)
I posted on the threat of extinction for bananas. Dan Koeppel has written an excellent book, Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World. He also has a great Banana blog with serious and fun posts:
The urgency of this cannot be overstated. Uganda and the nations surrounding it absolutely depend on bananas as a staple foodstuff. Millions rely on bananas for survival. And the spread of BXW into Kenya is yet another indicator that this deadly disease is on the march. As with Panama Disease – the wilting fungus that threatens our banana, the Cavendish – BXW (a bacterial malady) is incurable. The difference between the two is that BXW moves faster and threatens, right now, food supplies in nations with fragile governments.
First, banana diversity. In order to mitigate the spread of disease, the number of kinds of bananas being grown needs to be increased.
Second, genetic engineering: It is time for the general public to recognize that working at the DNA level is not always a corporate trojan horse into destroying local agriculture and contaminating the environment. This isn’t all about Monsanto. While consumers in the suburbs and Whole Foods stores protest against all GMO foods – while barely knowing what GMO is – they bluntly prevent out legitimate public research that might stop hunger. Time learn that everything has nuance, the disease that are killing the bananas: they work in just two modes: off – and on.
The photos is from a fun post: Baboon Prefers Bananas over Kittens. Thank Goodness.