Have you heard about the disease threatening to kill off our narnies? It's a sad sad time for all of us narna lovers in what is being called 'bananageddon', which kind of reminds me of that
Have you heard about the disease threatening to kill off our narnies?
It’s a sad sad time for all of us narna lovers in what is being called ‘bananageddon’, which kind of reminds me of that episode of The Mighty Boosh ‘Nanageddon’ where that evil, evil nana was conjured by black magic and killing everyone off, well it’s pretty similar to that really but killing off our curved yellow fruit. Anyway, a disease what is known as Panama Disease Tropic Race 4 (TR4) has travelled from South East Asia to Africa and is now on a one way trip to Latin America, where the disease is endangering the welfare of vast plantations of the Cavendish variety (the most commonly known narnie) which accounts for a huge, huge 95% of bananas that are exported globally, including the UK with a trade worth £5.4bn. A loss this big would be disastrous for the economy and also for our banana suppliers.
With bananas lacking seeds and the ability to propagate, it means that nearly all banana plants are clones of one another. This meaning that if one little narna gets sicks it’s very easy for it to spread and for all of the bananas to get sick, which is what has happened here with Panama Disease. But, this isn’t the first time such disease has dared to take away our beloved bananas. In the 1950’s the same disease wiped out the Gros Michel plantations worth over £2 billion and again in 1990’s.
According to panamadisease.org scientists are putting all of their effort in to research on crop protection, food security and innovation to help manage the deadly fungus and sustain the bananas and livelihoods that depend so much on the banana.
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE bananas, I love them in my smoothies, on my toast, in my cereal, post gym, pre gym, they are just an all round great snack, good brain food, high in potassium and super healthy. If you’re bananas for bananas you can show your support at panamadisease.org and become a BFF (banana friend forever).