Looking at the past, present, and future, we would see that a banana’s travels could once again change because of a fungus.
Echoing what happened during the 1950s, banana problems with a spreading fungus mean we will again need a new kind of banana.
Threatened by a rapidly spreading fungus, our banana supply will have to change or it will massively shrink.
Because our banana supply could be obliterated, we will have to adjust to a replacement that might taste somewhat different.
With the arrival of a banana fungus in the Americas, we should start to worry about the survival of one of our most popular fruits.
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At my local supermarket, bananas are 69 cents a pound while Red Delicious apples, grown much closer to home, are $1.49 per pound. As banana writer Dan Koeppel points out, “That bananas have long been the cheapest fruit at the…