Check it out for yourself. Go to www.thekitchn.com (and no, smart ass, there’s no “e” in “kitchn”) and search for “Are bananas going extinct?” posted by food writer Emma Christensen in 2008. “The beloved banana may be no more,” Christensen says. “Some scientists are saying that the extinction of the banana as we know it is inevitable and irreversible."
Of course, other scientists say things aren’t so bad. “We also hear that these stories are grossly exaggerated, that the scientists will take care of it, and life (with bananas) will proceed without a hitch,” according to Christensen. What’s all the fuss about? Almost all of the billions of banana that we consume are of the same type, the Cavendish, meaning that they have the same genetic make-up. This makes all of the Cavendish crops worldwide extremely vulnerable to diseases, including a fungus called Panama disease that wiped out the popular Gros Michel banana in the 1960s and now threatens to do the same to the Cavendish. In 2005, writer Dan Koeppel published a book on the subject called Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World.
If human beings are dumb enough to lose the banana, we deserve anything else bad that happens to us. And what am I going to cut up and put on my Cheerios?