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It is happening again — World's bananas at risk of extinction

History does repeat itself, and one of the world's favorite fruits is at risk of disappearing, maybe for good. A virulent fungal disease has struck again, jumping continents as it devastates banana crops in its relentless move toward Latin America.

Op-Ed: Will the world have to kiss its favorite banana goodbye?

Guayaquil - For the last six decades, banana crops in Latin America have flourished after nearly being wiped out by a nasty disease. Now there are worries that a more virulent strain of the same disease may wipe out the world's favorite banana — the Cavendish.

Elephant grabs B.C. man's GoPro, snaps adorable 'elphie'

Vancouver - An enterprising elephant grabbed a Vancouver tourist's GoPro camera and snapped an "elphie" with the student. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity for Christian LeBlanc, a University of British Columbia student.

'Super' banana to face first human trial

Sydney - 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.

Disease threatens world's bananas, says UN

Rome - 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.

Some 3,500,000 bananas rotting in ship in American port

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.

Deadly fungus threatens to drive bananas to extinction

The emergence of a deadly new fungus, resistant to any existing treatment, has the potential to wipe out the world’s banana plantations.

Deadly spiders hatch in woman's banana

A woman in the United Kingdom was halfway done with a banana when she noticed some spots on the skin. It ended up being spiders.

Study: Eating blueberries, grapes and apples cuts diabetes risk

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.

Major drug bust leaves zoo stocked with bananas for monkeys

Antwerp - 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.

New spray in development to slow-down banana ripening

Potential good news for those who dislike their bananas over-ripening too quickly. A spray-on coating is in development that consumers could use to delay the ripening of bananas.

EU Agrees to Cut Tariffs on Banana Imports from Latin America

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.

7-Eleven testing new wrapping for bananas

Bananas have a very short shelf life with an average of two days. 7-Eleven is test marketing a new wrapper that will keep a single banana firm and yellow for five days.

Fuel From Banana Waste

Scientists at The University of Nottingham are looking at ways to use banana waste to produce fuel and developing simple methods of producing banana briquettes.

Japanese Go Bananas For Bananas

Japanese are following a new diet craze: the “Morning Banana Diet.” Due to their newfound love of this fruit, the country is running out of bananas.

Students Debut Decadent Banana Dessert at Food Expo

Fresh fruit, three flavors of ice cream and chocolate syrup. Yum. That vision was the subjective basis for a new product developed by a team of Virginia Tech students.

Indian cops go bananas over necklace thief

Indian police forced a thief to eat 40 bananas in a few hours, so that he could excrete a 45,000-rupee gold necklace that he had stolen and then swallowed. I would suggest more ruffage.

Banana Sales in China Falter On Rumors the Fruit Contains SARS Virus

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.

Learning from bananas - a management lesson

Is there a connection between bananas and management? Seth Godin says there is.

In ten years, bananas could slip from the face of the earth!

Two fungal diseases are invading banana plantations.

Bananas: Proof of God?

These guys attempt to prove the existence of God via the design of bananas

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