A super-enriched banana genetically engineered to improve the lives of millions of people in Africa will soon have its first human trial, which will test its effect on vitamin A levels, Australian researchers said Monday.
The United Nations warned on Monday of the potential "massive destruction" of the world's banana crop if a disease affecting the most popular variety spreads from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.
A legal battle is ongoing between Del Monte Fresh Produce and a shipping line from the Netherlands, Seatrade Group, over 110,000 cartons of bananas. The bananas are now rotting in a cargo ship, the Green Brazil.
Eating certain types of fruits, such as grapes, blueberries and apples can greatly reduce the chance of getting diabetes, according to a study. Researchers from Harvard, however, found out that drinking fruit juice can increase the risk.
In an unprecedented drug bust in the region, an approximate €500 million (US$ 650 million) cocaine seize has been made at the Belgian Port of Antwerp. On the plus side, because of this seizure, some animals will be well fed.
A 15-year-long dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) was finally brought to an end in Geneva on Tuesday with the signing of a deal which will see tariffs cut on bananas imported in to the EU from countries in Latin America.
The rumour was started by text message, and quickly spread throughout the country. "Hainan bananas contain SARS virus!" the message read. The subsequent drop in sales has been catastrophic to the Hainan banana producers.