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maurvir Steamed meat popsicle
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https://www.nationalgeographic.com/envi ... ng-future/

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A fungus that has wreaked havoc on banana plantations in the Eastern Hemisphere has, despite years of preventative efforts, arrived in the Americas.

ICA, the Colombian agriculture and livestock authority, confirmed on Thursday that laboratory tests have positively identified the presence of so-called Panama disease Tropical Race 4 on banana farms in the Caribbean coastal region. The announcement was accompanied by a declaration of a national state of emergency.

Wow. Good thing we have moved to avocados as the exotic plant that people eat for some reason.
macnuke Afar
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grown in mexico.... no future there.
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i assume the millenials are to blame
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Betonhaus posted:
Wow. Good thing we have moved to avocados as the exotic plant that people eat for some reason.


Wait... bananas were exotic? :roll:
Well they don't grow here.
macnuke Afar
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phallic symbol.. therefore "exotic"
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Betonhaus posted:
Well they don't grow here.

3/4 of the world's produce grow in the tropics. But I suppose we can all go back to carrots and potatoes.
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Gosh, it's almost as if the global banana producers move to a single strain of bananas was a bad idea.
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It's interesting.

I've noticed that the quality of bananas(and the size of bananas sold) has gone down really significantly over the past several years.
Pariah posted:
Gosh, it's almost as if the global banana producers move to a single strain of bananas was a bad idea.

While it certainly was, supposedly a big part of the problem from this particular fungus is that there are few species (none of them commercially viable) that resist it.
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Betonhaus posted:
Wow. Good thing we have moved to avocados as the exotic plant that people eat for some reason.


Wait... avocados are considered exotic?




I may make a business out of selling the ones that grow in my backyard.
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Yup. You should eat poutine and steamed hotdogs drenched in maple syrup on a bed of kraft dinner like normal people, not that exotic crap.
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Mmmm...poutine...
My understanding is that a blight obliterated another banana type many decades ago and the current one is all there is left to work with. Perhaps because the fruit is not a seed there are difficulties in propagating different types.
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Pariah posted:
Gosh, it's almost as if the global banana producers move to a single strain of bananas was a bad idea.



They moved to the Cavendish due to the previous variety (Gros Michel) getting wiped from a bactertial wilt.

Another compounding issue is the means of the plant reproduction being asexual rather than a sexual reproduction, which means it is tremendously difficult and slow to produce or augment new strains.
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The other difficulty is the need for the variety to be commercially viable. That means tough enough to withstand transportation distances and storage.
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When a cavendish is transported, it has the consistency of a stick. If it doesn’t snap in half when bent, you reject the shipment as too ripe.
Maybe it's time to re-think the availability that non-tropical regions demand of tropical foods.
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Ribtor posted:
Maybe it's time to re-think the availability that non-tropical regions demand of tropical foods.


we just want the cheap foods. not the people that grow them.
Rice is fine though. It keeps.
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