No more bananas?

Bananas are by a long way the most popular and most eaten fruit in the world today! However, did you know that soon there may be no more bananas in the world as we know them today? Scary thought isn’t it? Think about it, which would mean no more banana bread, no more crisps, no more banana shakes, generally no more bananas… FULL STOP! As it happens, the Cavendish breed of bananas is going extinct and fast. History is repeating itself!

Bananas are by a long way the most popular and most eaten fruit in the world today! However, did you know that soon there may be no more bananas in the world as we know them today? Scary thought isn’t it? Think about it, which would mean no more banana bread, no more crisps, no more banana shakes, generally no more bananas… FULL STOP! As it happens, the Cavendish breed of bananas is going extinct and fast. History is repeating itself!According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN almost 50% of all bananas grown worldwide are the Cavendish banana variety… bad news for us as these are the one exported to us in Europe, which means if they are gone, there is nothing to export 🙁

So what is responsible for this incoming doom?

Well, apparently it is all due to the so called Tropical Race 4, a fungus that attacks the roots of the banana plants just like the Panama disease did before, which ended up wiping out the Gros Michel type of banana back in the 50s. Now the fungus is back and it’s coming for our Cavendish.

So what’s next?

I have no idea personally but I hope that someone smart will come up with a solution and come up with it very soon as I really like bananas.

Reading up on the subject it looks like we have two possible ways to go… option 1: contain the fungus (highly unlikely and very hard to achieve in reality) or option 2: create a new breed of banana which will be able to resist the fungus (most likely the preferred way to go). But this would mean that we will only have genetically modified bananas on the menu at all times 🙁

Don’t panic I am not suggesting that there will be no more bananas in the shop by tomorrow but it will be in the near future if we don’t find a solution (no one can say with certainty how much time we have to enjoy them). They will become slowly become rarer and rarer and thus inevitably much more valuable… until we have sometime new, let’s call it banana 2.0.

I like bananas and I wish there was something I could do to save them… both the banana itself and the livelihoods of the 1000s of people working with them in the industry… but I can’t so I had better go and have a banana whilst they are still here and I can afford to buy some.

Do you like bananas?

Will you be sad to see them go?

20 thoughts on “No more bananas?

    1. There is no need for electronics, because the majority of banana varieties will just patch the hole left by the most popular banana variety. With eventually the extreme cold weather varieties of banana plants able to help. So Texas and California could both grow bananas if demand grew enough, as just less common varieties of bananas.

  1. Wow, you’d think if bananas were going to go extinct there would be more of this story on the news. Bananas are an every day staple food to so many all around the world

    1. Your bananas will only be slightly changed, while both the flavor and appearance will remain mostly unchanged. From the perspective of most people, this will go unnoticed because they perceive something of a general shape and experience. So this is not something to truly worry about.

    1. That is only, bananas as we know them. Not the all possible manifestations of the concept, of one enjoyable fruit.

    1. Those large corporations will just get a new variety of banana developed, so the appearance and flavor will just change slightly. So do not worry, because this is only history repeating itself.

    1. I also enjoy rare things, as a matter of acquired taste. With Brazil Nuts being one of those things, along with difficulty being such I no longer pursue those Brazil Nuts being ordered.

    1. Banana varieties are as cherry blossoms, appearing for a brief time. Then to be scattered as evidence of what once was, cherry blossom petals and genetic samples alike.

  2. I saw how these were being grown in St Lucia, which exports majority of its crop to Sainsburys. It was fascinating, and I certainly would miss all that banana-y goodness!!!

  3. Bananas are a nice thing, so just keep those items coming. With the mono-cropping culture being what creates these disasters.

  4. It’s so funny that you don’t even consider how much you like something until it’s suggested to you that it might be about to disappear. I would so miss bananas if they weren’t around any more! I know what I’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow. xx

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