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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. 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

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Banana The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

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. 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

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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. 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 a


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

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    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

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    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 this feeling by choosing my reading material wisely but this one managed to slip through somehowBananas Do I care? Sort ofI found about half of this book to be incredibly interesting The political implications

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    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 or the banana sliced onto their cornflakes And this is a shame really for it

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    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

  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 like when the book club while I was at work recently assigned me to choose a book for the coming reading season

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    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 fascinating and chillingKoeppel does a great job of simplifying the science and getting right to th

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    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 w

  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 genetically identical they are very susceptible to disease In fact today's banana th

  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 fault is that it hints at interesting and important ideas on the biological political economic and social im