In the vein of Mark Kurlansky’s bestselling Salt and Cod, a gripping chronicle of the myth, mystery, and uncertain fate of the world’s most popular fruit. Hudson Street Press, Paperback. Very Good / No Jacket. Item # ISBN: Paperback, very good, no jacket. Dan Koeppel, the author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World , says the international banana industry only has itself to.

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I took it home to read it. There are lots of interesting tidbits and suggestive ideas, but they never amount to anything of substance. Banana was a fun, educational and often surprising read. He has tracked not only the diseases that wiped out the every-day, Gros Michelbanana in the s, but has an eye out for the Panama disease that is wiping out the Cavendish banana, that is, the one that we see today in every supermarket and fruit stand. As a result, there is controversy to discuss, since a savior for the banana may come in the form of genetically modified organisms GMOs.

The companies decided that the best way to fight the disease actually a fungus was to stay ahead of it, by consuming huge amounts of new land — and to do that, they used their money and political influence to get the US military to help them thus explaining the term “Banana Republic”.

A set of diseases plaguing the Cavandish threatens to make it untenable for sale, like the Gros Michael before it. The reasons why bananas are threatened with global extinction despite being one of the most successful agricultural crops are fascinating, and chilling.

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel

His second book, Banana: For example, bananas are cloned when farmed instead of reproduced, making it hard to breed a new banana. He is perhaps best known for his first book, To See Every Bird on Earthtouted as his attempt to understand his father’s obsession with listing birds.


Lists with This Book. Perhaps it’s not perfect, but this is clearly a thoughtfully researched, accessible and meaningful book, and one that illustrates unwaveringly and yet compassionately and without evangelical fervor, the dangers of our western corporate and agricultural practices.

Perhaps my real error occurred dqn earlier, w A review with digressions for people considering this as a book club choice Avoiding responsibility, like lying, kooeppel be practiced even when not strictly necessary if one really wishes to stay at the top of one’s game.

United Fruits Chiquita and Standard Fruits Dole were ruthless robber barons that made the era of r Bananas have been coming up in my life a lot lately – I’ve decided they’re the wonder food for biking. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. And the first hundred pages or so were really banxna.

LSW reported that members of the book club had never heard of micro-histories. Bananas are cloned so that they can be grown seedless.

Published January 1st by Hudson Street Press first published I recommend it to those most likely to be irritated by progressive politics and social kieppel. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. Other editions – View all Banana: Then, the biggest breed of banana got a disease!

I read this because it was offered to me for three bucks, and I decided I was three bucks worth of interested in bananas.

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We meet all sorts of intriguing characters, mainly business men and scientists, and we meet powerful blights in human and microbial form. He also points out that many technological advances arose from the need to transport this perishable product long distances in a short time.

But for all its ubiquity, the banana is surprising A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, baana endangered fate of the world’s most humble fruit To most people, a banana is a banana: The author tried to infuse this work with an overarching drama, which is “a banana blight that is tearing through banana crops worldwide”.


Overall, I will give this book 3. This relevance is not a necessarily a negative aspect of the book as it banaha written for readers at the time, but reading about ideas new to people dab such as organic foods or GMOs okeppel bore a reader from who already knows a lot on the subject.

For example, Chapter eleven explains the comedy root of why slipping on banana peels are funny with the next chapter inexplicably on the background of Sam Zemurray, the future CEO of United Fruit. The author crams an awful lot of information into brief chapters, but his evident interest in the subject will keep readers engaged. View all 3 comments. Contents And God Created the Banana.

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It’s not a great book to read if you already have a cursory knowledge of the conspiracies between the US government and banana companies and their century of subjugating Central American regimes. However, I finished the entire book and have to say that I enjoyed it. Please provide an email address.

A cousin to this genre is the micro-history on man-made constructs and other non-commodities including, but not limited to, home banaha, cleanlinesscolorreadingmarriagewives but, interestingly, not husbandscancerrabiessexzeroinfinityratsswearingcorpsesand many more.

So you get the idea, lots of info about something most of us never gave, well, a fig about. Yasher Ko’ach Ben Koeppel for writing a book that matters. The political implications of banana production, the fact that the banana as we know it may soon cease to exist altogether, a bit of banana history – these are the parts that managed to hold my attention.