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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For example, bananas are cloned when farmed instead of reproduced, making it hard to breed a new banana. The very meticulous accounts of every aspect of banana breeding and cross-breeding and growing and on and on and on I can do without. The chapters are linked very loose in chronology and switch topics left and right, leaving the reader confused. Since they’re all genetically identical, they are very susceptible to disease. Fuck you, banana book.
In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. This page was last edited on 8 Novemberat The book is well researched and well written.
Being a father of four curtain climbers, and a large consumer of banana’s, I found the book very interesting and easy to read. Latin America is prime here, with many tales of corrupt agricultural corporations, such as United Fruit now Chiquita ioeppel their machinations against local governments. The last 16 pages were a timeline that went over it all again. Aug 21, Sarah Ioeppel rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s on my list of books to pick up next time I’m stationary.
Yes, we have no academic tome here. It’s quite remarkable that bananas are cheaper than apples, considering that bananas are a highly perishable fruit that only grows in tropical regions and has to be shipped in at great speed in refrigerated vessels. A seedless fruit with a unique reproductive system, every banana is a genetic bananna of the next, and therefore susceptible to the same blights.
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Cultivation of mutated forms eventually yielded sweeter, bigger fruit, and the crop became a staple throughout Southeast Asia, Malaysia, southern China and the Philippines. He is much more comprehensive and provides more solid research arguments.
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 baanna — 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.
To be fair, I koeppe, want kofppel point out that anti-GMO zealots can be useful in their incorrectness, since it seems reasonable that private enterprises engaged in genetic manipulation can be expected to engage in safety-be-damned corner-cutting in pursuit of the largest return for their shareholders, so should be watched over by as many people as possible with a heartfelt adversarial relationship to the process.
That was the Gros Michel, the Big Mike, which arrived around the ‘s.
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I had completed my doctoral The book also suffers from a strange sort of bibliographic ADD: Hanya karena kesalahan penerjemahan bibel saja membuat orang awam jadi mengira buah yang menggoda Hawa itu adalah buah apel. It got lots of glowing reviews, but I was consistently frustrated by it. I am all for it on one level, since I like delving into the abstruse and wallowing in details that leave most people I know colder than a penguin’s butt in the middle of the Antarctic winter; but on another level, I want to stop these publishers before they koeppeo again with books inadequately edited and organized.
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In the section after Zemurray, the book talks about a famous song about bananas in the s another weird chapter transitionbut the author goes on a tangent to talk about different popular music at the time made by the same record label. Jul 22, Erin rated it liked it. Something similar could happen today, and so the author talks about attempts to develop new types of bananas that could replace the Cavendish.
Normally, I refrain from discussing this topic because, well, I am a liberal in the American political sense, and like all of us now tend to socialize with the like-minded.
What does this all mean for the future of human cloning? Some grit and adversity is required to generate conversation. The loss of our American favorite banana, the Cavendish, from grocery shelves will be an inconvenience at most; the fact that two major American corporations are, double-handedly is that a word? Mar 01, Eric rated it it was ok Shelves: Please try again later.
In short, this book exceeded my expectations spectacularly. But my favorite genre is the history micro-history, where a single event spiders out in all directions, often with interesting banaja consequences. Published January 1st by Hudson Street Press first published From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rich cultural lore surrounds the fruit: Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined.
Fast-paced and highly entertaining, Banana takes us from jungle to supermarket, from corporate boardrooms to kitchen tables around the world. Our breed Cavendish is facing a similar disease.