Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Yes, we have no bananas

Did you know that the bananas that we eat now are not the same bananas that our parents were introduced to? In the 1950's the main dessert banana was the Gros Michel variety, but that was wiped out by disease in the 60's. It was replaced by the current banana, the Cavendish.

But now the Cavendish is going to go extinct as well, probably in the next decade. Currently there are no other bananas quite like it. What will we eat? Here is a fascinating story about the search for a replacement, which also touches on the themes of genetic modification against cross-breeding.

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