Popular Science asks the burning question, "Can this fruit be saved?"
It’s an article that is actually quite interesting… about bananas. Did you know that 99.9% of the bananas sold commercially are clones of just one variety, called "Cavendish"?
That sameness is the banana’s
paradox. After 15,000 years of human cultivation, the banana is too
perfect, lacking the genetic diversity that is key to species health.
What can ail one banana can ail all. A fungus or bacterial disease that
infects one plantation could march around the globe and destroy
millions of bunches, leaving supermarket shelves empty.
A wild scenario? Not when you consider that there’s already been one banana apocalypse.
A banana apocalypse? oooo, they should make a movie about that!