The Huff Post’s Food For Thought blog reported this week on a banana fungus and banana-loving insects that are threatening the global supply of one of the world’s most loved fruits. From the produce aisle to the candy aisle at the supermarket, you can’t go far without running into bananas or banana-flavored products. And to underscore the banana’s popularity, Prospector’s food ingredient database for North America includes over 750 listings that contain the keyword banana.
The article states that “according to Scientific American, strains of a particular soil fungus — Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense, or Foc — have struck a key variety of banana grown for export in Mozambique and Jordan. Scientists fear that if the banana fungus spreads further, the popular Cavendish banana could become critically threatened.” While the fungus could potentially wipe out the Cavendish variety of banana, the insect threat, which is focused in Costa Rica, does not render the bananas inedible.
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