Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 27, 2007 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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In the vein of the bestselling Salt and Cod, a gripping chronicle of the myth, mystery, and uncertain fate of the world’s most popular fruit

In this fascinating and surprising exploration of the banana’s history, cultural significance, and endangered future, award-winning journalist Dan Koeppel gives readers plenty of food for thought. Fast-paced and highly entertaining, Banana takes us from jungle to supermarket, from corporate boardrooms to kitchen tables around the world. We begin in the Garden of Eden—examining scholars’ belief that Eve’s “apple” was actually a banana— and travel to early-twentieth-century Central America, where aptly named “banana republics” rose and fell over the crop, while the companies now known as Chiquita and Dole conquered the marketplace. Koeppel then chronicles the banana’s path to the present, ultimately—and most alarmingly—taking us to banana plantations across the globe that are being destroyed by a fast-moving blight, with no cure in sight—and to the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes, in a race to save the world’s most beloved fruit.
  

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Review: Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

User Review  - DD - Goodreads

You know NOTHING about bananas.... The banana you eat today (the "Cavendish" banana) is genetically the same banana that you ate last week, last month, or anytime in the past 46 years. Bananas ... Read full review

Review: Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

User Review  - Robin - Goodreads

Don't ask me why, but I was really looking forward to reading this book. Mostly, I liked it. And I learned some interesting new things, like there are many, many kinds of bananas, and bananas grow ... Read full review

Contents

The Worlds Most Humble Fruit
PART I
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
PART II
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 21
CHAPTER 22
CHAPTER 23
PART V
CHAPTER 24
CHAPTER 25
CHAPTER 26
CHAPTER 27

CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
PART III
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 17
PART IV
CHAPTER 18
CHAPTER 19
CHAPTER 20
CHAPTER 28
CHAPTER 29
CHAPTER 30
PART VI
CHAPTER 31
CHAPTER 32
CHAPTER 33
CHAPTER 34
CHAPTER 35
CHAPTER 36
A BANANA TIME LINE
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Dan Koeppel is a well-known outdoors, nature, and adventure writer who has written for the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Audubon, Popular Science, and National Geographic Adventure, where he is a contributing editor. Koeppel has also appeared on CNN and Good Morning America, and is a former commentator for Public Radio International's Marketplace.

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