Skip to comments.Get ready for the banana pandemic to destroy your favorite fruit
Posted on 12/24/2013 2:34:01 AM PST by Daffynition
A highly-contagious form of fungus sometimes called Panama disease has devastated crops in Asia, and has now been found in Mozambique. It sounds like a joke, but this pandemic is deadly serious and could affect the world's fruit supply.
Earlier this month, the scientific journal Nature published an article about Mozambique's efforts to contain the blight pandemic by quarantining fields where it has been found, hoping that it won't spread. The country needs more funds to prevent the spread of Panama disease. Unchecked, this banana pandemic could potentially cut off the global supply of one of the world's most popular fruits, a healthy source of minerals that's used in many cuisines.
I am surrounded by bananas.
I have a large stalk of green bananas just outside my door.
I have not heard of any disease here.
This is serious stuff. You are not effected yet, but you may be.
This is serious — How can we live in a banana republic, if we don’t have any bananas?
i guess people didn’t remember when Gros Michel banana, aka big mike cultivar of banana was almost wiped out.
I remember the angst I felt contemplating what that would do to food all over the planet.
Never heard anything else since then
Not saying this is a hoax or anything, just sayin' we've heard this before.
Next you will claim Global Warming is a hoax.
Yes, not only series but also hugh. Oh the huge manatee!
Not only bananas. The orange crops in Florida are threatened by the spread of Citrus Greening disease.
I'm declaring your reply Post of the Day even at this early hour!
“You are not effected yet, but you may be.”
I will ask if anyone knows of this disease.
Bananas are an every day staple here.
There are various diseases/parasites/predators that affect bees, all of which come under the umbrella term "colony collapse disorder." It affects bees all over the world. I first read about it in the 1990s and have been following it since. It is a topic of heavy research, since much of our food supply depends on bees for pollenization.
That is good, but it is serious. Although I’ve been hearing about this for a while, years in fact.
Plant diseases are BAD.
Wonderful, another threat to our food supply!
Chocolate and bees are also threatened. Bats in the US northeast are dying by the millions from some fungal disease, and various diseases are killing amphibians worldwide. Yes, I know we don’t eat bats and most people don’t eat amphibians, but they still affect our food supply by eating pests.
Global trade and travel are wonderful, and expand the horizons of everyone. But they have a dark downside, and that is that diseases which may be endemic in some small part of the world can be easily picked up and spread to naive populations in other parts of the world. In this context, “naive” means that they have not previously been exposed to the disease and have no immunity to it, so that the disease can be far more severe in that population than it is where it originated.
And its incurable? Yeah, we’re screwed.
I will ask the plant pathologist people here if there is a concern. I have one special lady that sells only small sweet bananas that my 3 yr old likes. It is the only thing that she sells.
So, What’s the status of that particular situation now ??
It's the 21st century. Everything is virtualized. We have a virtual President, virtual healthcare that is not healthcare. We might as well have a no-banana banana republic. ;-)
This is all part of a scheme to drive up the price of bananas with more money going to government inspectors to watch and certify your banana from cradle to grave and drive those small banana producers out of business.
So does this affect *all* types of banana, or just the incredibly inbred “Cavendish” that is currently the only yellow banana on US shelves?
Here in India, I see at least ten different varieties of banana, none of which are Cavendish (and one of which I *really* like, and will miss if I get back to the states). If this disease affects all bananas, it’ll be bad, but if it only ruins Cavendish, then we’ll still be ok (and it might make for a small boom in South and Southeast Asia exporting some different banana varieties).
Right now, I think that a certain percentage of bees are lost every year, and the problem seems to pop up in different geographical areas each year. There are fewer honeybees than there were a decade or so ago. As far as causes go, several have been identified. However, figuring out the various causes is only a baby step towards controlling them.
The problem does not just threaten our food supply, much of which depends on pollenization by bees, but also our source of honey (which, technically, is also part of our food supply). I have seen articles that claim that most honey sold in stores is not genuine honey, that it is colored corn syrup or something. Supposedly, almost all import honey is counterfeit. I do not know how true that is, but I do know that honey supplies have decreased.
America is the Republic - Obama is the disease (parasitic, fungal, deadly)!
“This is serious How can we live in a banana republic, if we dont have any bananas?”
First they came for the Republicans,
then they came for the bananas, ..........
It IS very serious and potentially huge.
Hey Mr. Tallymon, tally me banana.
Reggie and I would go share that except that Moochelle is here
Unfortunately, this strain of Panama disease infects popular banana varieties (e.g. Cavendish) originally bred for its resistant to Panama disease.
It’s part of Obamacare, millions will be saved from slipping on banana peels.
Also, the association with monkeys was racist.
They had to go.
You are all missing the point of the article. Hidden in this one sentence:
“The country needs more funds to prevent the spread of Panama disease.”.........
And guess who will be supplying that money?
I guess declaring the destruction of the cocoa and coffee crops every other year for the last 50 years is passe. Since that hasn’t worked out so well for the press, the MSM has now moved on to banana crop hysteria.
When you grow extensive agricultural monocultures, this is to be expected. Some years ago the EU legislated (and perhaps other Western agricultural agencies, too?) the length of bananas able to be sold within EU countries, so the growers complied. It doesn’t take a horticulturalist to understand that when you grow such large plantations of one type of banana, if it is attacked by any disease or insect, the whole crop will be in danger. The problem is not a failure of market economy, but of governmental control dictating to the market what can and cannot be sold.
I’ve been reading about this problem for about a decade. Initially they were concerned that it would hit before they developed a resistant cultivar to replace it.
I would hope that they are now prepared with a resistant clone so that industry disruption will be minimized. Otherwise....Yes we have no bananas, we have no bananas today....
Surely it must be due to global warming (a.k.a. climate change or the dogma of St. Algore).... every calamity is caused by global warming including frigid temperatures now blanketing most of the US. (sarcasm)
And where would you be? Please tell us. We're dying to know. After all, it's your claim to fame.
There’s a song from the 1940s or 1950s, “I’m sorry but we have no bananas”.
The Gas something bananas, the dominant strain, was wiped out by a disease. Then the new, common variant of today was bred.
If someone is concerned, they ought to stock up on freeze dried banana slices and diced bananas.
There was an article in Science Illustrated about 4 or 5 years ago that discussed the banana situation. Apparently, the Cavendish bananas that are commercially grown all over the world are pretty much genetically identical, so they are all susceptible to the same diseases and could potentially be wiped out. It's happened before with a different variety of banana.
There are other varieties of banana, but they don't all possess the qualities necessary to make a good grocery store replacement for the Cavendish (taste, texture, ability to be shipped and stored, etc.).
Well, ya gotta be flexible. Rather than drinkin tequila sunrises, I’ll switch to gin and tonics.
Uhhh - your choice in baton twirlers is in need of revision.