In the vein of Mark Kurlansky’s bestselling Salt and Cod, a gripping chronicle of the myth, mystery, and uncertain fate of the world’s most popular fruit. Hudson Street Press, Paperback. Very Good / No Jacket. Item # ISBN: Paperback, very good, no jacket. Dan Koeppel, the author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World , says the international banana industry only has itself to.

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BANANA by Dan Koeppel | Kirkus Reviews

To be fair, I also want to bznana out that anti-GMO zealots can be useful in their incorrectness, since it seems reasonable that private enterprises engaged in genetic manipulation can be expected to engage in safety-be-damned corner-cutting in pursuit of the largest return for their shareholders, so should be watched over by as many people as possible with a heartfelt adversarial relationship to the process.

The chapters are linked very loose in chronology and van topics left and right, leaving the reader confused.

And this is a small part of the book! The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World. Bananas have been coming up in my banzna a lot lately – I’ve decided they’re the wonder food for biking. Just thought I would put that out there as I saw banaana by people that were upset that this book was about banana’s. The narrowness of focus in books such as Salt and Cod and The Book on the Bookshelf and The Pencil and Longitude seems to be an increasingly preevalent trend in publishing.

But Koeppel’s “Banana” doesn’t claim to be an in-depth history of the corrupt fruit companies and their relationships with violent regimes, nor does it claim to be a storybook.

Basically, bananas run the world. It is poorly written, sloppily researched, randomly organized, simplistically argued. But baanana, go on! These two aspects are the political and the agricultural. I learned a lot from this book. In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. Back to the book The taste was good enough most say it wasn’t quite as good, although a few disagreeit was shippable but not quite as sturdy as the Big Mikeand most importantly, it fan resistant to Panama disease.


Entire Central Koeppfl nations have been said to rise and fall over the banana. What does this all mean for the future of human cloning? Jul 31, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: Wow, is there ever a lot to learn about the banana!

The page central story is broken up into thirty-six chapters, some a mere three pages long. The fourth section deals with the switch koeppeo the Cavendish banana the banana we eat today and the rebranding of the Banana Republics to the tamer Chiquita and Dole brands. View all 4 comments.

It’s a little short on solid reporting, but if koe;pel you want is something interesting and thought-provoking but not too much, of coursethis is a good choice. There’s more in here about corporate and pan-American politics than I expected on first hearing about the book, and I really enjoyed reading it. However, the disease has remained in Asia Malaysia changing with the flora there. But the biggest mystery about the banana today is whether it will survive.

But for all its ubiquity, ,oeppel banana is surprising A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and endangered fate of the world’s most humble fruit To most people, a banana is a banana: Since I hold people who generally agree with me to a higher bajana of intellectual rigor that people who don’t generally agree with me who must be idiots, right?

Fast-paced and highly entertaining, Banana takes us from jungle to supermarket, from corporate boardrooms to kitchen tables around the world. So, banana scientists are left in a hard spot – naturally reproduce a similar banana with a million to one possibility of success or a genetically engineered one that may arise before the demise of the current one.

But LSW warned that, however endearingly enthusiastic I am about the topic, other book group members were koeppl to find the Great Boston Molasses Flood of as compelling a topic, since we are sadly a long, long way from Boston, in the company of people who, in a few inexplicable cases, have not even visited Boston. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It starts with its beginnings in Asia, its geographic and evolutionary progressing, and the arrival of the banana to America.


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However, there were a few problems. But for all its ubiquity, the banana is surprisingly mysterious; nobody knows how bananas evolved or exactly where they originated. In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. Koeppel does a great job of simplifying the science and getting right to the heart of the matter. Jul 22, Erin rated it liked it. Surprisingly readable, informative, and entertaining. This book was full of interesting facts about the history of the banana.

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Read Dan Koeppel’s posts on the Penguin Blog. Bring us another one of whatever this guy is drinking!! Of course as I kept feeding them more and banzna banana facts I fear this may come back on me.

Still, the book group cannot be exclusively unicorns and koepoel. However, I finished the entire book and have to say that I enjoyed it. Having narrowed down the options that far, I was faced with the vexing question I ask myself several times a day: A review with digressions for people considering this as a book club choice Avoiding responsibility, like lying, should be practiced even when not strictly necessary if one really wishes to stay at the top of one’s game.

This is a really disappointing book. So I’m predisposed to like reading about bananas. Overall, I will give this book 3. Sadly, things bite back, as in this case, when it was only a matter of time before a banana blight bred itself into existence and roared through the near-identical genetic population, leaving a swath of useless and distinctly unfunny brown rotting plants in its wake.