Those of you have been following me know that I am a “natural” nut. Our farm and gardens are all grown using natural methods. We do not like or use chemicals, nor do we care for hybrids (as most will not produce viable seeds for the next year growth), or GMO’s. We grow mainly heirloom fruits and veggies, and we try to encourage the natural vegetation for our area (Even the bindweed as long as it stays out of my gardens. It passes that line, and I feel I have a right to use all the salt, vinegar, and soap as necessary.).
I also subscribe to emails from the Smithsonian, and the Health and Science section of the Washington Post. (Nothing with politics as it stops me from sleeping.) The email I received on 10/12/17 got me all upset. This was the headline:
BANANAPOCALYPSE: The race to save the world’s most popular fruit.
had heard about a month ago, the threat of a disease to the crops in South America. I also know that is where the US gets the majority of its bananas. I am a self-proclaimed banana-holic. I love the darn things in so many different ways:
- Banana bread (the obvious choice)
- Strawberry-banana smoothies (Grandsons favorite choice).
- Frozen Bananas dipped in chocolate (These were called “Monkey Bars” at a long-gone little drive-in, in Wisconsin, called the Tinker-Tot.).
- Bananas sliced on cereal with milk cold.
- Bananas sliced in oatmeal with a bit of honey and milk.
- Banana malt (milkshake to most, however, I prefer the malt flavor best).
- Just plain old bananas.
They have got to be my most favorite fruit, and they help keep up my potassium levels (bonus!). So I am very saddened to hear of this latest epidemic. I hope you all read and share the full article, then pray for a natural miracle.
I did not read in anywhere in the article if they have discovered where the TR4-resistant strain (disease) originated? My first thought was if you know what it is, and you know what it does to the target plant (in this case my lovely bananas), then why wouldn’t you spend the scientific time and money to figure out how to kill the fungus in its tracks? What good is all their GMOing if it just the fungus just catches on and comes up with its own new tweaked version of attack?
I do not want my amazing bananas to go away completely nor forever, but I also am not thrilled about the method the people in the know are taking to try to help. I do not believe that in the long run, splitting and splicing, mixing and matching, is not the answer. They knew that this first appeared as TR1 discovered in the 1950’s, found a unique variety in China and cloned it – why haven’t they been working on a cure for the fungus since then and not just a disease resistant temporary fix banana?
To me, it is like using makeup to cover up acne. The condition maybe masked but it is still there, and without the proper medication it will continue to thrive.
Then again, we still do not know how to cure a common cold – oh well.
Thank you for allowing me to share my soapbox with you.
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