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Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World (urspr publ 2008; utgåvan 2007)

av Dan Koeppel (Författare)

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From its early beginnings in Southeast Asia, to the machinations of the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica and Central America, the banana's history and its fate as a victim of fungus are explored.
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Titel:Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Författare:Dan Koeppel (Författare)
Info:Hudson Street Press (2007), Edition: First, 304 pages
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Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World av Dan Koeppel (2008)

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I loved the subject matter but didn't really love how the writer approached it. Still, I was able to pick up some interesting information about this familiar fruit. Also, I was a little bothered about how it seems the book considers Genesis to be part of History, even including it in the timeline at the end...Weird. And for the record: Brazilian bananas are the best ;) ( )
  ladyars | Dec 31, 2020 |
Everything you need to know about bananas and how they influenced world politics. Very interesting. ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
I walked into the front doors of my local library, and there was this book. It was one of the featured books on some library summer theme. I couldn't resist picking it up.

I had completed my doctoral thesis on Guatemala, a country considered to be one of the Central American Banana Republics, and was well aware of United Fruit's horrendous involvement, with U.S. government complicity and support, in Guatemala's insurrection, war, genocide, and corruption. United Fruit is now Chiquita and, for the most part, it is a vastly more ethical conglomerate than it was before. Still, it's known underhandedness in establishing relationships with brutal rebels and dictators continued into the late 1990s. (I remain skeptical that the underhandedness has abated.) Building from Bitter fruit: The story of the American coup in Guatemala (Schlesinger, Kinder, & Coatsworth, 2005), Banana more greatly details how American preference for the popular, cheap fruit is responsible for lots of poverty and death that Americans easily dismiss for the convenience of having the fruit in our markets. It is not lost on me that the fruit is now a staple in convenience stores selling for around $.78 per banana (!!) when a whole pound of bananas costs about as much. I can guarantee 7-11 does not share that huge profit margin with the Central American growers. As Koeppel concludes, unless we can tear ourselves away from convenience in support of locally grown and seasonal produce, Banana Republics will continue to exist.

I also had a less moral, more personal reason for picking up the book. My Grandson adores the fruit. He is a very picky eater though he will eat almost any fruit you put in front of him. Bananas are his favorite fruit and, at only 1.5 years old, will easily eat three bananas for breakfast unless we intervene to fight an egg or cereal into his mouth. Bananas were actually a prominent theme of our recent Hawaiian vacation. Our family visited the Dole plantation and pointed out the banana trees much to his delight. At another plantation we ate a delicious banana-apple variety that he found absolutely scrumptious. We even tried to buy a bunch still on the stalk so Grandson could pick them himself (we never located one). Finding Banana filled in the gaps between plantation and state-side supermarket. It was interesting for me to learn how bananas are grown and how fighting plant infections are extremely difficult. I am now my Grandson's personal banana expert.

Don't expect a great, personal revelation or resolution about the apparent conflict between Banana Republics and my Grandson's tummy. I don't have one. I am certain my Grandson would be fine enjoying local produce if bananas disappeared from our groceries. But, it is hard not to buy them when he reaches for them from his perch in the shopping cart. At the moment, I hope as consumers we can insist our businesses act more morally and ethically even while I understand with that hope I am slipping on a proverbial banana peel. With that hope I am essentially passing the buck directly into the pockets of Chiquita and Dole. ( )
  Christina_E_Mitchell | Sep 9, 2017 |
Probably have 2 copies of this.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
An interesting book, with an odd conclusion. A lot of info about bananas, both the growing of them and the selling of them, and how the business of selling bananas has affected events on the political and physical levels. The diseases of bananas have reshaped the politics of much of Latin America. The author does seem to be fascinated by weird deaths - suicide and murder are lovingly described, in extreme detail in some cases, and referred to over and over. The aspect that he deals with most, though, is that commercial bananas are basically a monoculture, and as such are very vulnerable to various diseases. The obvious solution is to breed different bananas, that are resistant to the diseases that are devastating the current variety (there's really only one, at least in the US and most of Europe). But bananas are difficult to breed, because they're basically sterile - seedless. So he concludes that the actual solution is not to _breed_ a better banana, but to _create_ one - using direct genetic manipulation, and genes from other organisms. So the last couple chapters are mostly about how people are afraid of GMO crops and why they shouldn't be because bananas are so important (not so much the commercial ones, but the many varieties that are the basic food for a lot of people who don't have much other food) and besides they're sterile and besides... He gets a bit ranty, in those last chapters. I learned a lot about bananas, and more about US (companies, and government) interference in other countries because of bananas. It was interesting, though he didn't quite convince me (for one thing, bananas don't make seeds, but (according to what he said earlier) they do make pollen - so yes, GMO bananas could cross out to other varieties. One lie I caught makes me wonder what I didn't catch...). Still, very interesting, and I learned a lot. I wish I could taste a Gros Michel... ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Apr 19, 2017 |
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