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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LSW reported that members of the book club had never heard of micro-histories. Kkoeppel are experiencing technical difficulties. Open Preview See a Problem? But the biggest mystery about the banana today is whether koeplel will survive. To ask other readers questions about Bananaplease sign up. I had completed my doctoral View all 54 comments.

Something also important to note with this book is that its information has aged in the 11 years since it has been published.

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

I learned a lot from this book. Hardcoverpages. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Yasher Ko’ach Ben Koeppel for writing a book that matters. It was an eye opener into how our food system started on a global perspective and how certain places have had the ability to grow non-traditional foods. Dan Koeppel did a really nice work here.

At points, I wondered why on earth I was listening to an eight hour book on Bananas. United Fruit later Chiquitafounded inentered with other companies koeppel an ever-deepening cycle of exploitation, violence and revolution in Colombia, Honduras and Guatemala.

Don’t let this article slip past. Moreover, he ignores kosppel fact these issues could be resolved with the local food movement. Read it Forward Read it first. You will recognize monoculture and blight from his discussion of the potato. But please, go on! There was a problem adding your email address.


Of course, I thought this was a first on the topic, but after reading the book, I learned there were probably much better, more comprehensive, books on the topic. Koeppel you want something with some real meat and substance, though, pick up the Kurlansky titles on Salt or Cod. Koeppel spent many chapters on the history of United Fruit, the modern Chiquita. A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and endangered fate of the world’s banxna humble fruit To most people, a banana is a banana: I banama it was a history of violent colonialism, but I didn’t know to what extent.

He also points out that many technological advances arose from the need to transport this perishable product long distances in a short time.

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

Be the first to discover new talent! The third section follows the Gros Michel bananas’ sold s extinction from the Panama disease, while United Fruit and Standard Fruit look for a replacement banana or cure. By using bananaa site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

That being said, the sample was fascinating. 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. This is a really disappointing book. I feel like a review of this book is sort of unnecessary. Something similar could happen today, and so the author talks about attempts to develop new types of bananas that could replace the Cavendish. But for all its ubiquity, the banana is surprising 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: Bananas must have human help to reproduce, they’re essentially exactly the same genetically, exact replicas of each other, which is why a disease can wipe out acres of banana plants in a few weeks.


BANANA by Dan Koeppel | Kirkus Reviews

Basically, bananas run the world. The result is a “narrative” that jumps around, gets distracted, goes back, has sudden moments of humor and unexpectedly moving paragraphs, but it all kind of fits together nicely.

The last 16 pages were a timeline that went over it all again. It’s the 4th largest crop grown in the world, after wheat, rice and corn. In others parts of the world, bananas vanana what keep millions of people alive.


Which makes it all the more ironic that bananas are essentially asexual. There is yet another mortal enemy to the banana in the world, called Sigatoka. Some readers are disappointed that it’s not narrative enough or doesn’t go deep enough into the politics, and a lot of people seem frustrated with the way the book is organized.

First, the book is poorly organized. Today’s yellow banana, the Cavendish, is increasingly threatened by such a blight — and there’s no cure in sight.

I had no idea that beforeAmericans didn’t eat bananas at all. So, banana scientists are left in a hard spot – koepepl reproduce a similar banana with a million to one possibility of success or a genetically engineered one that may arise before the demise of the current one.

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In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive.