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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A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and endangered fate of the world’s most humble fruit

To most people, a banana is a banana: a simple yellow fruit. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. But for all its ubiquity, the banana is surprisingly mysterious; nobody knows how bananas evolved or exactly where they originated. Rich cultural lore surrounds the fruit: In ancient translations of the Bible, the “apple” consumed by Eve is actually a banana (it makes sense, doesn’t it?). Entire Central American nations have been said to rise and fall over the banana.

But the biggest mystery about the banana today is whether it will survive. A seedless fruit with a unique reproductive system, every banana is a genetic duplicate of the next, and therefore susceptible to the same blights. Today’s yellow banana, the Cavendish, is increasingly threatened by such a blight—and there’s no cure in sight.

Banana combines a pop-science journey around the globe, a fascinating tale of an iconic American business enterprise, and a look into the alternately tragic and hilarious banana subculture (one does exist)—ultimately taking us 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  - Lisa - Goodreads

Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of the banana and were afraid to ask. I love bananas and generally eat 1 each day and was sorry to read that there is a bad banana blight that is ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of the banana and were afraid to ask. I love bananas and generally eat 1 each day and was sorry to read that there is a bad banana blight that is ... 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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