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Discussion in 'Environment' started by Sax, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. Sax
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    Interesting article from The Week:

    https://theweek.com/articles/778917/real-cost-bananas
     
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    I'd need a new food group if bananas went off grid. I practically live on those things.

    Every day in the news I read something else environmentally horrible. I particularly despise fish farming, especially the salmon farms here on the west coast. They're just not doing enough to protect the fish, and other marine life that's impacted. It makes me sick that they continue to get licenses to farm...if you can call it that.

    Kudos to Seattle for banning plastic straws and utensils, recently. It should've been done decades ago. In fact, didn't we use wooded utensils and paper straws way back when? I'm quite sure we did when I was a kid. It was way more green in those days, despite littering and other ignorant human habits we had back then. We didn't have a fraction of the technology e-waste, and hardly any plastic waste either a few decades ago. Our garbage was also way more biodegradable then.

    One could compare the human race to a parasite that sucks it's resources from its host - the Earth.


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  3. Lou
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    When you are old like me, you don't get too crazy about bananas. After all, we geezers have seen this before. Back in the 60s our banana, the Big Mike went extinct from the Panama disease. The Cavendish was just the second-best banana back then.
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entr...ish-panama-disease_us_565eb2d3e4b08e945fed671

    I am more concerned with chocolate and coffee. I can live with the third best banana. I'm not sure I want to live in a world without chocolate and coffee. With chocolate, just like bananas, there is little diversity in the plantations. Most chocolate plants are clones of the same chocolate plant that was selected over 80 years ago. and now is under attack by a fungus.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/science/cacao-fungus-chocolate.html

    Coffee is just another crop that may be in danger from climate change. Plus the coffee growing practices may prove to be unsustainable.
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982214006009

    And now for a little PSA. Human rights are important too. Make sure your coffee and chocolate is slavery-free. Look for a Free Trade Sticker on your coffee and chocolate labels.
     
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    Good advice, but I indulge in neither. I don't boycott chocolate, but it doesn't really interest me; not like it does with some people. Coffee, I just don't drink.

    Bananas on the other hand, I must have. I love em!

    Sounds like you have a few years on me, Lou. I was around in the 60's, but too young to remember Big Mike bananas.
     
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    @ Veganite.
    Mostly I remember my parents complaining about the new-fangled cavendish bananas. Supposedly the song, "Yes, We Have No Bananas" was inspired by the end of the Big Mike.

    And you inspire me. I didn't know people didn't require chocolate and coffee. So there might still be hope for me in the climate change Dystopia

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    Once again, the ecological doomsday bell has been set to tolling, this time by folks fearful of the imminent demise of our favorite fruit, the banana. In January 2003, a report in New Scientist suggested bananas could well disappear within ten years thanks to two blights: black Sigatoka, a leaf fungus, and Panama disease, a soil fungus which attacks the roots of the plant.

    Bananas aren’t about to be swept from the face of the earth by a deadly pestilence poised to wipe them out (and more than ten years has elapsed since that original report, yet bananas are still with us). There are several hundred different varieties of the fruit, and the reported fear applies to only one of them, the Cavendish. Granted, the Cavendish is our banana of choice and accounts for the overwhelming preponderance of banana exports and purchases, but it isn’t the only banana out there. Even if the Cavendish were lost to us, we would still not be singing “Yes, We Have No Bananas.”
    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/banana-peal/
     

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