Bananas Are Being Driven To Extinction
Posted on December 03, 2015
When it comes to the world’s favourite fruit, history is repeating itself, with the most popular banana at serious risk from the Panama disease - a fungicide-resistant pathogen that’s crossed continents and breached quarantine efforts to spread across South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia.
According to a new study by researchers in the Netherlands, the across-ocean leap to South America is now inevitable, and that’s a huge problem. This is where 82 percent of the world’s Cavandish bananas - by far the world’s most popular banana variety - are grown, with Ecuador alone supplying over a third of the billion-dollar global export market.