The end of the banana market.. brought on by a crazy lethal fungus. *sigh*
This is the problem with monoculture.
If you go to the supermarket you can see at least 5 different types of apples, 3 different tomatoes etc.. problem is you only see 1 type of banana and that's because we only grow Cavendish for market. Why? Because we are so obsessed with perfect look, how it ships, how big it is that we forget about things like taste, assortment, choices!
So this fungus is spreading through Asia and Australia but what if it spreads to Latin America? Since that's where most of our bananas are grown it could and would completely wipe out the supermarket banana.
How can we stop this? Well in short we cant. The fungus can spread so easy.. catch a ride on someones dirty shoe, a single plant brought over from Asia, anything really and that's what scares the crap out of myself and many other people!
My stand is to find and buy as many different types of banana plants I can and grow the crap outta them! Maybe transform my entire front yard into a banana forest!! Well... maybe that's a little much but I'm going to get A LOT..!! : )
Don't have room to plant a banana? Stock up on bananas now.. Mash them up and FREEZE! maybe in 3 years banana bread will be a delicacy and you'll still be able to bake up a batch!