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ISBN: 0739497952
Author: Dan Koeppel
Publisher: Hudsen Street Press (2007)
Category: Agricultural Sciences
Subcategory: Science
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Dan Koeppel has written an informative fast-paced book detailing the rise and fall of the global banana industry, bringing us. .

We start at the very beginning since some believe that the Garden of Eden was the place to grow bananas and not apples. Bananas were transformed in the 19th century from a local fruit to a global market by some adventurous, ruthless, and clever entrepreneurs who overcame issues of distance and spoiling to put cheap bananas in every grocery store in the.

Banana plantations, as well as growing the fruit, may also package, process, and ship their product directly from the plantation to worldwide markets. Dan Koeppel, author of the book Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World Scientific American, April 2008

Banana plantations, as well as growing the fruit, may also package, process, and ship their product directly from the plantation to worldwide markets. Dan Koeppel, author of the book Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World Scientific American, April 2008. Transcript at: Scientific American. Edmunds, Joseph . Shillingford, Clayton (2005).

Read Dan Koeppel's posts on the Penguin Blog. A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and endangered fate of the world's most humble fruit To most people, a banana is a banana: a simple yellow fruit. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. Read Dan Koeppel's posts on the Penguin Blog. A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and endangered fate of the world's most humble fruit. To most people, a banana is a banana: a simple yellow fruit.

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A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and endangered fate of the world's most humble fruit.

A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and. But for all its ubiquity, the banana is A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and endangered fate of the world's most humble fruit.

This book really surprised me. The effects this fruit has had on domestic and international food systems and the politics . The effects this fruit has had on domestic and international food systems and the politics surrounding them is more fascinating than I’d imagined. I looked around online and kept running into the book Banana by Dan Koeppel as what clearly seemed to be the preeminent source for the history of America’s most popular fruit.

Fantastic book and study. The scientific name he gave to the sweet, yellow banana was Musa sapentium, from a Latin term meaning "wise" (as in the tree of knowledge). Thanks Dan for all the effort! Loved your NPR interview. English (UK) · Русский · Українська · Suomi · Español. The green banana -our plantain- was called Musa paradisiaca, "the banana of paradise. Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World. 6 December 2016 ·. Hooray!

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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 In this fascinating and surprising exploration of the banana s history, cultural significance, and endangered future, award-winning journalist Dan Koeppel gives readers plenty of food for thought.

A Fascinating and surprising history of our most ubiquitous fruit, Banana is as tasty a treat as its subject.

Comments:

Otrytrerl
I read some articles recently about the potential extinction of the banana and I went to get a better understanding of what is really going on. After reading this book, I know more about the banana, it's many varieties, and the blight of Panama disease that affects this food around the globe. I now know that a banana is technically an herb and that the ubiquitous Cavendish banana outsells every variety of apple and orange combined. Banana cultivation and trade has also had a significant impact on world history. I learned about all of that and more in this well-written, easy read of a book. Mission accomplished.
Forcestalker
Dan Koeppel has written an informative fast-paced book detailing the rise and fall of the global banana industry, bringing us along over decades of conflict over land ownership, labor's share of profits, rights of owners of capital, property rights, and self-governance. We start at the very beginning since some believe that the Garden of Eden was the place to grow bananas and not apples. Bananas were transformed in the 19th century from a local fruit to a global market by some adventurous, ruthless, and clever entrepreneurs who overcame issues of distance and spoiling to put cheap bananas in every grocery store in the US. Today the descendants of these pioneering plantation managers, railroad tycoons, and shipping magnates run Dole and Chiquita and still supply us with bananas.

Any venture this large and profitable will undoubtedly lead to arguments over the division of profits. Central American politicians and farm workers were not in agreement with the share taken by Chiquita. The international banana companies (Chiquita had eliminated most of its competition through punitive trade wars and acquisition) felt their property rights, capital, and technology were at risk. In Honduras, Guatemala, and Ecuador this became a real fight in most cases as politicians brought in the military and covert forces to figure it all out.

The other interesting sections here deal with the inherent difficulties in growing and breeding bananas as they are seedless (we would not care to eat them as much otherwise) and sexless (they dont reproduce as much as grow into an adjacent plant). The first bananas to be globally commercialized were the Gros Michael, which ultimately was replaced by today's Cavendish. The Gros Michael disappeared due to Panama disease and other ailments despite the industry's efforts which included endless replanting, field flooding, and application of enough chemicals to turn workers blue.

For many years various researchers have worked on the next generation banana, as the Cavendish itself is subject to the same diseases that ultimately did in the Gros Michael. The Cavendish was selected as it was less suspectible but Keoppel claims its days are numbered as well. Only in certain especially forelorn sections of impoverished Africa (such as Uganda where the economy is banana based) are genetically modified bananas grown. Those of us in the west may ultimately need to eat GM bananas or no bananas.

This is a good informative book for both the general audience and the trade. Koeppel is an experienced writer who knows how to break down concepts like how bananas propogate and how diseases spread. He is especially talented at tying in the historical and political content. His evidence to support the impending demise of the Cavendish hypothesis is a bit weak. His bias against big powerful industry shows at times but that is probabaly healthy.
Saithi
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is a very informative book that gave a very thorough history of the banana. I learned a lot of new facts about bananas that I did not know beforehand and it opened my eyes to what is currently going on with bananas. The book was also very easy to understand and Dan Koeppel was able to convey all of his thoughts and information effectively to his audience. All of the scientific concepts and the historical events that were mentioned were understandable to those without a lot of scientific or historical background. This book also addressed important topics that are discussed today in regards to agriculture, such as genetic modification and GMOs. I really appreciated this because he brought up common misconceptions and fears that the general public has regarding GMOs. He cleared up these misunderstandings and explained in pretty simple terms the actual process of genetically modifying plants. One aspect of the book that I was not a personal fan of was how in depth he went with the history of the banana. While I do agree that the history is an extremely important part of learning about bananas, I think the extreme emphasis on it was a little unnecessary. I would definitely recommend this book to others because it is really informative and easy to read and understand for those well versed in science and history.
Qwert
The author does a fine job with this history of banana-business rivals United Fruit (now Chiquita) and Standard Fruit (now Dole). Interspersed with the details of corporate development are scientific details on the banana, the diseases that afflict it, the people that rely on it, the governments that are (or have been) ruled because of it and the issues it faces.

Something I didn't know before I read this book: Bananas are not grown from seeds. Cuttings are taken from existing banana plants and nurtured into yet more banana plants from which cuttings will eventually be taken et cetera et cetera et cetera.

The book would have benefited tremendously with the addition of more pictures and maps, plus a list of every known banana type and the odds of anyone getting his or her hands on one. Although the author mentions various banana varieties, he typically does not show you what they look like. Color plates of the top bananas (pun intended) along with their region of origin in the caption would have enabled a further grasp of how different some bananas really are from others. That creamy purple Tahitian one is something I'd like to check out. Sounds tasty. Wish I knew what it looked like.

At the end of the book, there is a short timeline of the banana and the people, countries and companies involved with its business or scientific development.

All in all, very interesting and informative. Left me wanting more. As another reviewer complained, by the end of the book, you're really not sure how much longer the currently consumed (yet endangered) supermarket banana (the Cavendish) has before extinction. Maybe no one really knows.

Worth a look if you've ever been curious about the banana.

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