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Devastating Banana Fungus Arrives In Colombia, Threatening The Fruit's Future : The Salt : NPR
One of the biggest fears of the fresh fruit industry just came true.

A fungal disease that has been destroying banana plantations in Asia has arrived in Latin America.
NPR  monoculture  fruit  agriculture  bananas 
4 days ago by pierredv
When New Yorkers Were Menaced By Banana Peels (Alex Mayyasi, Gastro Obscura - 24 July 2019)
“Slipping on a banana peel is a cliché, a vintage vaudeville gag. But its origins weren’t just slapstick comedy. Before it became a comedy trope, banana peels menaced New Yorkers for decades.”
article  history  food  sanitation  bananas  NYC 
27 days ago by donutage
Gene editing: how agritech is fighting to shape the food we eat
February 9, 2019 | Financial Times | by Emiko Terazono in Norwich and Clive Cookson in London.
agriculture  agribusiness  bananas  biologists  Crispr  farming  food  fruits  gene_editing  monocultures 
february 2019 by jerryking
Doctors Once Thought Bananas Cured Celiac Disease. They Saved Kids' Lives — At A Cost
(republishing from my old G+ post ... I want to keep it)

"At that time, around 30 percent of children with celiac died. Parents were instructed to drop their children off at the hospital for six months," says Fasano. If the children survived and thrived on the banana-based diet, the parents could then "pick them up and take them home."
medicine  science  celiac  history  bananas 
january 2019 by emkay

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