Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk

Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk

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Americans. Love bananas, we, eat more of them than any other fruit we, even bicker about the proper way to eat them it's, not brown what. Is that color oh that. Crunch right there. Basically. We've gone bananas for, bananas. Specifically. We like this banana the, Cavendish there. Are hundreds, of varieties of bananas, but, the Cavendish, is the only one widely available in, the u.s. in. 2018. Alone the u.s. imported, about 2.2, billion dollars worth of the Cavendish or about, ten point five billion pounds, but. There's a problem a deadly. Fungus that, targets the Cavendish is spreading, around the world the. Fungus and the disease it causes go by a few names most often tropical, race 4 or TR, 4 and Panama, disease but. Whatever you call it the result is the same the, fungus actually infect through the roots gets, into what's known as that corn which is a big bulb at the bottom and then gets into the vascular, tissue and. The first symptom is it's usually a very characteristic yellow, leaf just one leaf, very quickly after that the plant dies bang-bang. Indeed, no Cavendish, plant can survive once, infected with Panama disease it. Hasn't yet arrived in Latin America the region that supplies the u.s. with 97%, of its bananas, but, experts agree that it's only a matter of time it, is spread across oceans to continents. And if, you look at the map it's coming to Latin America there's no question, about that all. It takes is one person to transfer, this on their shoes and then we've got an epidemic and, it's gonna sweep through the American, production, system like, fire this. Is troubling, news for banana fans and for the three American, companies that dominate global, banana, sales as of, each company's, most recent, public filing bananas, comprised significant. Portions, of their sales but. The worst part we can't stop it we, know this because Panama, disease has, already destroyed the banana industry once, before. Bananas. Are like the most boring mundane. Object. On earth like, it's just a banana this is Dan Koppel, author of this book about bananas, yet. Behind, the banana is this amazing, fascinating. History it's like science it's its culture. Its its, its bloodshed, its murdered, it's music, that's everything, we'll, get to all that but. Let's start here how. Did a tropical, fruit become so popular in places where it hardly grows the.

U.s. Imports, the second largest number of bananas behind, the European Union, but banana agriculture, barely exists, in either place a dwindling, amount in Hawaii and a moderate amount in the Canary Islands to, understand, bananas, improbable domination. We have to go back to the beginning. Bananas. Were first cultivated here, on this tiny island 3,000. Years ago they, migrated, with humans across Asia the, Middle East and Africa becoming, a staple everywhere, they went Arabic. And European, scholars even bickered, over whether the famous fruit that tempted Eve was not an apple but a banana, bananas. Arrived in the Americas in 1516. When a Spanish priest brought them from the Canary Islands to the Dominican, Republic from. There they spread throughout the rest of the Caribbean, bananas. Are fragile and rot within a week of being picked in the early half of the 19th century the, small amount that managed to make it to the US were sold as an expensive, luxury food, but. After the Civil War bananas, became a huge craze between. 1871. And 1901. The value of the bananas imported, to the US increased, from 250. Thousand dollars to 6.5 million dollars, and in the ten years after that US consumption of bananas nearly tripled from 15 million to 40 million bunches, so many. Banana ships arrived at these docks on Manhattan's, Lower East Side that they became known as the banana docks this. Shift is thanks to these three entrepreneurs by, 1899, they had formed a banana importing, business called United, Fruit Company that. Might not sound familiar but, its modern name will, Chiquita. But. Back then it was United, Fruit and, huge so. Huge that it gained the nickname el Pavo or the, octopus, for the stranglehold it developed on Central America so. Huge that the US government, repeatedly brought antitrust, action against it so. Huge that understanding, bananas in the first half of the 20th century means understanding United. Fruit. United. Fruits business model relied on economies, of scale I mean the banana really is an impossible, export, fruit I mean it's fragile you, know it ripens quickly, it gets rotten fast and the way to do it is to, make it so cheap that, your money is made on volume, keeping. The retail price low meant keeping the costs to produce those bananas, very low but, transporting, a delicate tropical fruit across thick jungles, or hurricane, stricken oceans was not a recipe, for rock-bottom, production, costs, United. Fruit managed, this by tightly, controlling every aspect of the supply chain first. United. Fruit acquired huge, swaths of land in Latin America in exchange, they constructed, railroads, and telegraph lines. Infrastructure. That locals could use but that remained, under company control, during the, heyday of its operations. It was generally, the largest landowner. In any of these countries at, one point it. Controlled, almost. 20%. Of, all arable, land in Guatemala, for example second. United, Fruit squashed, competition, with price wars or buyouts, becoming a virtual monopoly by the early 20th, century the. US government, brought antitrust, lawsuits, against, United Fruit multiple, times in 1909. The government, forced the company to sell the 50% of shares it owned of one of its last remaining competitors, the. Company's previous owners, regained control and later renamed their business Standard fruit remember. That name it later became dole, but. The most controversial, aspect, of united fruits early history was its treatment of local plantation, workers in. Order to produce a bananas, very profitably. You. Have to keep wages extremely. Low, and so, the, plantations. Historically, have resorted to extremely, repressive labor, conditions, in order to suppress, wages, workers, often protested. These conditions, but United, Fruit took drastic measures to squash rebellion, measures, that often involved military, action, either from local governments, or from the u.s. itself, in. 1928. Workers, from united fruits plantations, in colombia went on strike United. Fruit encouraged. The government of Colombia to suppress the strike that, December the, workers were told they could meet with the regional governor in the town square to discuss their demands then instead the. Colombian, army mounted, machine gun, nests, on all the surrounding, buildings and, gunned. Down it's. Estimated up to 3,000. Civilians in cold blood including, and many women. And children and elderly people and so the national, governments, are the ones that were, mainly involved. In the suppression of strikes but, they were acting. Very, much, at, the behest, of United, Fruit and when, local governments, couldn't or wouldn't step, in the u.s. itself did. The. US Marines, landed. Repeatedly. In Central, America the US government, was determined, to prevent any sort of communism, from taking hold in the Americas, when, banana workers on united fruit plantations.

Protested. For unions, or rights it raised fears of communism fears, that many historians argue, were more of a convenient excuse, than a legitimate threat sure. The accusation. Always, flung at union organizers. Or human rights activists, was, that they were acting, under communist, auspices, it was a very convenient, way of. Dismissing. Those movements and rationalizing. Extreme, political, and military measures, against, them they, sort of lost sight of the fact that they were a banana company, and not sort of the political, communications. Arm. The anti-communist. Campaign, I mean it sounds crazy but it's really true perhaps. The most notorious example. Is that of hawk oboe Arbenz in, 1950. Arbenz won the presidency in Guatemala, on a promise, to redistribute, unused, United, Fruit land to poor Guatemalans, the, company sounded, the alarm which quickly reached the White House thanks to a few well-placed company. Executives, Allen. Dulles who, was a lawyer, worked for United Fruit the board member of United Fruit was, the brother of John Foster Dulles who was the, Secretary of State in the Eisenhower administration, and. So. When, United, Fruit perceived. Its interest to be threatened. In Guatemala, there was a direct communication of, that threat from united. Fruits managers, on the ground in Guatemala, to Allen, Dulles in turn, to his brother in turn. To, President. Eisenhower who. Then directed. CIA. To. Lead a disinformation. And. Destabilization, campaign. Against our vets one which, resulted. In his being overthrown and exiled and and which, ushered in literally, two generations. Of military governments. Extremely. Repressive governments. In, Guatemala. United, Fruit called this a decidedly, favorable, development, in its 1954. Annual, report. Chiquita. Declined, to comment on these allegations. However. The company released a corporate social responsibility. Report that, acknowledged, allegations. Of the company's participation. In the Arbenz coup and other events they, noted that this casts, a shadow even today over, the company but that times have changed and so has our company. If. This, seems like a lot of work for bananas that's because it was but, back in the US they, were becoming an extremely, popular snack, the, American, public was largely unaware, of United fruits tactics, abroad but at home they fell in love with bananas, thanks to the company's extensive advertising. Efforts to. Name just a few in 1924. The company, added coupons, for bananas, to boxes of cornflakes to encourage consumers to eat the fruit with cereal, in 1939. The company distributed, free, books to grade schools filled, of course with information, on bananas, in, 1944. They unveiled their most iconic marketing. Success miss. Chiquita. You. Know the big question is why like. What, Andrew Preston the founder of United Fruit what made him think this like easily. Rotten expensive. To ship, weird-looking. Fruit. Could. Be sold for almost nothing to people, who didn't know what it was how, to eat it that weird-looking, fruit, was gold for United Fruit in 1920. The company had net profits, of 33, million dollars or about. 419. Million in 2019. Dollars I mean. It was just just, a miracle a miracle that was you know bought obviously, in blood and and horror but it was absolute. Marketing, genius there's no question, about it. In short bananas, kicked off lawsuits, advertising. Innovations, protests. Who's in violent, suppression but. These bananas, were not today's Cavendish. These, are gros michel, bananas, a related, species that is bigger and tougher than the Cavendish and with a slightly different taste they're. Also the first banana rendered, commercially, extinct, by Panama, disease before. We get into that some, science gros, michel bananas were all genetically, identical the, same is true of today's Cavendish, which is why bananas look the same no matter where you buy them, business-wise. Identical. Products are good companies, can standardize transport systems and cultivate loyalty and Trust among consumers but.

Biologically. They're, bad. Monoculture. Is is always an issue in agriculture. The problem is is that if, you're growing all the same material, all of these are going, to be susceptible to the same disease so. When the deadly fungus first, appeared in Panama, in 1903, it made short work of United, and standard fruits products, over, the next 57 years Panama, disease wiped out virtually, every gros michel plantation, in Latin America both, standard, and United, Fruit knew of the disease since the early 1900's, but they dealt with it differently United. Fruit clung to the gros michel hoping it could outrun the disease by starting new plantations, on fresh land demand. For bananas was skyrocketing but. The ability to grow bananas in South and Central America was, declining, the disease was actually creating, this avaricious need for land that. Method only worked for so long by. The early 1920s banana, shortages, were such a noticeable, problem, that musicians Frank, silver and Irving Cohn wrote this hit song in which a fruit stand vendor repeatedly. Informs his customers, that he's out of bananas. By. The 1950s. The grow Michelle's future, looked grim even. The strategy, of stealing. Land as the, disease was chasing was was, running out of gas because, there was not, enough land to meet the, demand for bananas United, Fruit went into freefall from, 1950, to 1960, annual, revenue fell from 66, million to 2.1. Million, meanwhile. Standard, fruit couldn't afford to constantly, buy new land so in the late 1920s, it began searching for a banana with the taste look and resistance. To Panama disease to replace the dying grow Michelle it, eventually landed on you, guessed it the, Cavendish. Standard. Fruit grew the first commercial, Cavendish, in 1953. On a plantation, in Honduras, it spent the rest of the decade figuring, out how to transport, them Cavendish. Is very fragile but a grow Michelle was never shipped in boxes it was just thrown in bunches in ships but, by boxing, them and using gas to preserve that to keep their ripening in check they, were able to ship. This and grow, them at, low prices, this puts standard fruit leagues ahead of United, Fruit when the latter finally, adopted the Cavendish in the early 1960s.

In That time just that ten year span standard, fruit which became dull had, managed to get a 50% market share so Chiquita, never really recovered, to this day other, than chiquitos decline the switch to the Cavendish went smoothly enough nearly, 60 years later most, Americans, happily, consumed the Cavendish unaware, of its lost predecessor, for, the next few decades the industry, hummed along much as it had before just. With a different banana, standard. Fruit became dole and United, Fruit became Chiquita, together. With Delmont a and the Irish based company, fiefs they dominated, global banana exports, controlling, two-thirds in the 1980s, but the many problems faced by banana workers continued, more, than can be detailed here notably. In 2007. Chiquita, admitted, to paying a violent Colombian, terrorist, group to protect its banana workers from 1997. To 2004, and in, the mid-1990s, Chiquita. Kicked off a trade war with the year Union over its legislation, that favored bananas from former EU colonies. Chiquito. Lobbied the US government, to file a complaint with the newly formed World, Trade Organization, the ensuing, trade war called the worst transatlantic. Economic, dispute since world war ii by a 2005. Harvard, Business Review article dragged. On until 2012. Even. With all this nothing, changed for American, consumers bananas. Reliably, appeared, on supermarket, shelves around the nation for dirt cheap prices, an average, of about 55, cents per pound since 2000, but this. Brings us back to the beginning of this video Panama. Disease. In. The 1980s the banana industry's, old foe reappeared, banana. Biologist, Randy plotz first identified, it in the early 90s. The. Strain of the fungus that wiped out the gros Michel was called tropical race one or tr1, Cavendish. Is immune to that but, it isn't immune to a different, strain of the same fungus, tropical. Race 4 or, TR 4 think. Of them like different, strains of the flu this. Is very much a surprise people. Thought that animal, disease would not be a problem on condition, it. Is foreign. Teen efforts contained the fungus in Southeast Asia for a while but, it soon spread, historically.

This Has never been a, really. Great strategy I mean if you've ever been to a banana, plantation there's thousands, of vehicles going in and out all day long there's there's no effective, quarantine, method that we've ever seen that really worked for now Latin, America is safe its oceans away from the fungus but, experts agree that the fungus is arrival, is a matter of when not if hopefully. It'll take many. Many years, but it could happen tomorrow, there's, no way to really put a timeline, on this, part. Of the danger is due to how the industry, has changed the. Giant corporate owned banana plantations, of the gros michel era have been replaced by many more exporters, operating, on much smaller plots of land in, ecuador for instance, the number of registered, banana exporters, jumped from 181. In 2011. To 333. In 2012. Experts. Worry that the logistics, of implementing, protective measures across so many plantations. Will allow Panama, disease to spread rapidly it's. Very difficult, to make a thousand, different family, farms, do clean farming, compared to one big factory, farm I think what's possible. Is that someone's, going to get into the field and then keep it a secret. And. That that would be a disaster because once it gets in waterways, and soil that sort of thing that spread some kind of an insidious manner and this, time there's no readily available replacement. No known banana has the correct taste or durability, they, dodged the bullet in the, 1950s. By, identifying, a, variety. Cavendish. I think. If there, was something out there that would have found it by now I know they put a lot of effort into screening. Material, and looking at material, and, so far they don't have a replacement even. If they did the, entire infrastructure. Network for transporting, bananas, would have to be replaced once again the entire banana supply, came from the moment the, the plant litter is planted in the ground -, the moment you, start, to peel it is designed. Just for the Cavendish, banana it's almost as though a cavity, shaped pipe from, Central America comes. To your house and it doesn't really, fit, another, banana this. Could explain why until, recently the big 3 banana companies seemed unwilling to recognize the problem I think, they're still not quite, cognizant. Of the fact that they've got this same problem happening, again, CNBC. Reached out to dole fresh, Delmont a and Chiquita, for comment a fresh. Delmont a spokesperson wrote, that Delmonte takes Panama, disease very, seriously we, continue to work diligently with.

Other Banana suppliers, and local authorities, to prevent the spread of disease also. Significant. Resources, are being dedicated for research aimed at identifying long-term, solutions, a Dole, spokesperson. Wrote we, certainly are aware of the potential danger to our supplies and vigilant, in efforts to contain the threat thus, we have worked together with, other stakeholders, in efforts to combat this problem and raise awareness of its seriousness. Chiquita. Declined to comment breeding. A Panama resistant, Cavendish traditionally. Or by genetic modification, is likely, the best hope for the bananas future but each has their drawbacks, traditional. Crossbreeding, of Cavendish, bananas is difficult, because of their tiny seeds, people. Have been selecting, bananas, for for thousands, and thousands, of years haste on seedless, no, one particularly. Wants, seeds, in their bananas, and. Now we, have some residual, fertility, in it but it's very difficult, to produce seeds, in, bananas, genetically. Modifying, bananas, has proven more successful, in 2015, Australian, researcher, James Dale engineered, a Panama, resistant, Cavendish, banana we've, taken a, resistance. Gene from a wild, banana that occurs in Southeast, Asia and, he's naturally, resistant, to tropical race 4 we've moved that gene into Cavendish and that's how we generate, a resistance, but, any genetically, modified, banana will face strong resistance from anti GMO groups in both the US and the EU but. The Cavendish is more important, both for global economies, and food security than, the gros michel ever was. In. 2013. The, world banana, forum under the United Nations created. A task force specifically. To combat Panama. Disease. Structured. Response, to this threat of knowing. That the regions where tr4. Has not yet arrived but may arrive if nothing is done that. Not, sheriff they're exporting in their economies, and demand. Continues, to rise from, 2017. To 2018, global. Imports, of bananas, increased, by two percent to over forty point three billion pounds over. A quarter of that went, to the US but. If Panama disease takes, hold in Latin America, it will decimate the industry, Cavendish could no longer grow, in the quantities, needed to satisfy the world's, and especially the us's love, of bananas, it. May already be there we're. Just not aware of it but once it's once it's there it's kind of like the horses out of the barn type, thing so once the past established, that's all she wrote for English. You.

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Who created this disease ? Long time ago no such disease

Typical big business and US government....I won't eat another banana

the best banana strain I had was from canary Islands but they don't grow em any more, they had brown sticky spots all around

Probably for the best the bananas are wiped, ends the corporate greed, low wages, suppression, or anything else still going on with those companies.

Yes! We have no bananas today!

Ppl in Portugal wont have this problem tho. our supermarkets always have 2 varieties. one of them is from an arquipelago off the coast called Madeira . These bananas are smaller, sweeter and just plain better. Although ppl comunly refer to them as bananas from Madeira I think the scienfic name is - Musa (meaning muse)

CNBC putting out half way decent content? Is this real life

Panama Disease... Panama Papers... nothing good comes from Panama.

Nooo the bananas

I’d always wondered why banana flavored things didn’t taste like banana. Is that because they were developed when gros michel was king? And therefore taste more like Gros Michel and not cavendish?

Leviticus 19:23-25 King James Version (KJV) 23 And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of. 24 But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the Lord withal. 25 And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the Lord your God. 1 Timothy 6:10 King James Version (KJV) 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. Isaiah 24 King James Version (KJV) 24 Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. 2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. 3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word. 4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. 5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. 7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. 8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. 9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. 10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. 11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. 12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. 13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done. 14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the sea. 15 Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea. 16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously. 17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. 18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. 19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. 23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Banana company: Hey head of NBC, we play golf a lot and friends. My banana business isn't selling as much. Would you run a story on the potential banana plight so people will rush out and buy my bananas? NBC head: Ok


I got my ass BEAT

Someone call F r e e l e ASAP

Those few pioneering entrepreneurs also had us government support to overthrow a peaceful government in Guatemala.

A banana republic can't save Bananas!

When u spent ur whole life researching on bananas

The Bible never said was an apple by the way xD

Bananas are f@%$ing delicious.

The fact that most people didn’t know about this prior to this video is more alarming. This has been big news for the past 10 years.

Bananas used to grow"upside down", which would actually look right side up, because they used to grow that way. I find it hard to believe that no mention of how bananas are growing upside down now. lol Whatever, never mind if you don't already know what the heck I'm talking about, if you do, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for the video, a lot of interesting information, so bad how corporate interests always out way the simple needs of our fellow humans in places where they have no protection or recourse. We need to remember what the true cost of shopping at the Lage 3 Corps that sell to the average American. We talk about trigger words, while in China there are people making phones and junk against their will, without their consent, with terrible living conditions. Slavery is still Slavery, even if you can't see your slave suffer, or are even aware enough to know that is what is going on, it always has unfortunately.

I tried explaining that bananas may go extinct but I got made fun at for it.

I clicked because of the way they hold the bananas in the thumpnail

Cavendish good for nothing.

Today I learned why they call them banana republics

Got to be a loser to complain about how someone complains about the way you eat a banana

Bananas are boring until you are starving and there is nothing else to eat but bananas.

Del Monte Bananas

So technically, a person could bring an infected banana to a latin-american banana farm and ruin the whole industry?

Now at 30 cent per pound where I live, they are virtually free.

Who here can eat a banana in one bite, I can!

when you think you're watching Vox but it's actually CNBC

Good propganda ..just like against coconut oil and mustard oil

Tbh, thoes civillians were complete savages and needed to be treated as such because if we had too many uppetty people walkinng around, no one would want to be a poor, dirty, feild, worker.

I’m more of an Apple Kinda person! Death to the Banana! Haha

Always something sinister with USA.

Is “banana girl” here

We'll just stop eating bananas, big deal.

Cavendish bananas are so bland and thick skinned compared to other local varieties that naturally grow here in Southeast Asia. Not to mention the amount of insecticides and other chemicals used.

No! Not my nanas!

So, as usual, the anti-science jackasses are the only ones standing in the way of an trivial genetic solution.

US fruit companies been running all those banana republic countries. Now US cried foul when they revolt.

Like I said Americas wealth is built on the backs of immigrants. Without them America is nothing. Shame on anyone who thinks otherwise.

I thought I was watching a Vox video till I noticed the CNBC logo (๑˃‿˂).

Shame on America for profiting on the backs of Central Americans.

Try an apple for a change..much more ethical

Is that a banana in your pocket or are you glad to see me?

Btw, been following this story since Scishow did a video years ago.

Yet all of our banana flavors in the US dont use the Cavendish flavor but the Gros Michel.

The history of the Cavendish is even more interesting......John F. Kennedy's sister was a Cavendish as well as Fred Astaire's sister. It is a great story on how the Cavendish banana came to be.

I dont like bananas

Can anybody explain to me what this video is about? Eating bananas cause trouble in health called panama disease? Why this?It s a problem of the tropical land as i understand?Actually,we cannot eat anything without being afraid of it s quality!

monsantos chemtrailing disease to wipe out everything including your mom and kids............THE END !

Interesting report

White men bad ! Black men have high i.q and are the true world leader .

This is why I buy fair trade bananas. Forget these companies

WTF? So monopolies were and are bad.. but non monopolies are bad. SOOO I'll eat grapes

It's not at risk morons they'll just use a different species

My family & I live in neighborhood in Central FL, have had no problems growing our own bananas in the back yard. We also have orange trees. Hoping that dreaded deadly fungus doesn't strike central America, nor the USA. We want to spend our lives eating bananas as benefits good diet. Healthy fruit.

Dijo el cipitio :El guineo majoncho es el mejor

Jesus Christ, Bananas, how hard is it to just get vaccinated?

You talk as if Adam and Eve were real and not a fairytale

Panama Disease is nothing but karma. Over 100 years of exploitation of the poor Guatemalan people.

2:53 here . Where ?what was the name of the island ?

Do you realize that bananas are not grown from seeds? They are cloned, so your assumption that they will cross breed them from seeds is absolutely stupid...

Ehh, a GMO banana is not going to be the worst thing I eat all day. I don't know what the fuss is all about. GMO activists and anti-vaxxers exist on the same vein anyways.

When I lived in USA, I always wondered why I only saw one kind of banana everywhere. Now I live in my native India and I have access to many kinds of locally grown banana. Some times I see Dole branded Cavendish banana in some expensive shops, but I avoid it. Local stuff is tastier and lot cheaper.

I don't hate bananas I just had it alot when I was younger. Not the biggest banana fan at all.

Let bananas go extinct

This sounds like a vox video

I always hated banana. Good riddance

The blue vanilla ice cream banana would be fine and probably be very profitable.

How long would it take for the disease to spread?

Bananas are nasty Mushy I rather just have banana flavoring and plantains

Hey random person scrolling down the comments.. Have a great day! :)

Why do you import banana

My favorite banana is a shorter, fatter type that I can only find in Chinatown. The scent is more pronounced, meat is not as homogeneous, and there's a slight sour streak in the banana that makes it tastes more interesting.

What nooooo!!! I NEED MY BANANAS!!!!

I don’t see a problem with GMOs. There have been multiple studies that claim they are just as healthy or healthier then non GMOs.

I ate three bananas while watching this video

These and more are reasons I have boycotted bananas (and dole/del monte whenever possible)for years. Ever wonder why banana flavoured candy doesn't taste like our worse tasting fruit banana? Because our fruit bananas *aren't real bananas !!* Buy Local ;]

I’ve thought they are gonna blame global warming before I clicked on video. I still can’t believe it’s not true...please dig deeper, I am sure you can connect it to global warming somehow, please.

Me:alright im going to sleep now that was the last video Also me at 2:06 am in the in the morning:*watching this*

Banana arrived into America in 1942 when Cristovao Colombo Arrievde into America in Island of Bahamas...my great great great great Grand Father from Angola was the one who carry Bananas into America because he was part of Crew ..was Diogo Cao who said to Crstovao Colombo to take him into America because he was a great Sailor...he was with Vasco Da Gama in Kerala India

Arabic and European scholars. Arabic, not Arab? Really CNBC?

It's possible the world's food supply is being attacked by retrovolving humans again forming brutal empires.

I hate the smell and taste of bananas.

What our governments are already doing to us could be applied to bananas too. 1. They could always GMO a potato becoming a banana and grow it in North America, don't forget add a depop gene. 2. Stop eating banana and prevent climate change, yay. 3. Enforce vaccination on all banana plants under the auspice of herd immunity.

Does anybody else not like bananas

good to know about why bananas are in trouble wait why are they going into banana history

Good riddance, these companies deserve this

US: *Makes sure the farmers are paid minimum wages to increase profits* Farmers: *Starts migrating to US for better pay* US: *Surprised pikachu face*

There’s always money in the banana stand...

I’m not eating anymore bananas

Couldn’t pay me to eat a banana. More sugar than a candy bar. Sincerely, an American who isn’t fat

A kingdom for a banana.

It sounds bananas

Are you worried that bananas will go extinct?


I’m worried that humanity will become extinct.

How about the Jesuit priests killed by American Marines. War is a racket.

I am worrired about your research if you referr to New Guinea as a "tiny island"

La Matanza de las Bananeras a little history lesson of the United Fruit Company (which became Chiquita) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_Massacre

No. Cuz non Cavendish bananas are widely available in my country


Nope. They’ve actually already got save guards against this stuff because we’ve already lost certain banana types. Your channel just doesn’t do real research

I sure am

@CNBC Not at all! Dole sprays airborne pesticides whilst the employees are working to save money and to maximize profits. Why do they spray pesticides on their employees knowing that they'll get cancer? Because they can and it saves mega money (huge profits). They care not of any morals. Thanks to corrupt laws that cater to the rich, the Dole employees/slaves that get cancer and die will NOT receive ANY compensation.

Lol, no these are man made food. Not even real bananas. We weren't meant to eat these.

No, once it becomes a problem, the banana industry will pay silicon valley to genetically engineer the banana tree.

Word on the street is that Major brands have been making them in labs for years now.

Not extinct.... Just a 20 fold price increase.... "Bananas on sale this week !"... $19.95 per banana, 2 for $37.00...

Well now I am...


CNBC lol no I’ll just move back to El Salvador and eat bananas

Why are we hoping from a disease to extinction so quickly? There’s time to prevent the spreading and many ways to prevent extinction.


Is this #MEASLES to the #BANANAS?


CNBC no but more so tired of government monopolizing something they don't bother to buy or protect.


No. The mistreats of people and it had created problems for the people who live in Latin Americas. There are many bloodshed because of banana.

I'm worried that your mom will go extinct.

These companies utilized American soldiers to overthrow Guatemalan government and control their lands for banana cultivation

No my mother will save em

+Andrew Driver peel from the bottom.

No, because if people like bananas soooooo much, trust me, they'll find a way.

You are peeling them from the wrong end.

Chiquita has a lot of blood on their hands for that banana. GOOD RIDDANCE!!! I've had sweeter pink bananas in Africa.

Yes for commercially available bananas because we use monocultures and don't change it up because we're afraid of seeds.


no because there are several different types of bananas that will replace the cavandish. but you already know that but you tryna use scare tatcis and wow facotr to get views. when all we have to do is stop cloning the same banana.

Kinda it’s good for u

Good thing communism tookover Cuba so now they can enjoy $15 month salary, but not some evil capitalism

Well, if the anti-GMO idiots want GMO free bananas in the future, they can have all the non-GMO bananas the fungus leaves alive. Which the gros michel tellls me would be none.

i don't care if bananas go away. There seems to be a surplus of pineapple this year, and I can eat pineapple everyday

So... GMO bananas. It works. Now if only anti GMO groups would budge... sigh...

You are supposed to peel it from the bottom then you don’t get that stringy stuff stuck to it. It’s how some monkeys eat them in the wild.

"On this tiny island" points to New Guinea the SECOND LARGEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD.... That was so painfully american...

I've tasted different bananas throughout the world. Latino bananas are my fave tho.

Fear mongering to drive up banana prices globally. Leave it to nbc to spread the propaganda

Very informative

Americans still fear communism doesn't matter if it is communism or not.

Rip Aho Girl

La Matanza de las Bananeras a little history lesson of the United Fruit Company (which became Chiquita) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_Massacre

What if... Panama disease was actually engineered in a lab by South American patriots, to destroy the stranglehold of United Fruit in their country? I think there's an action thriller in this... But seriously, how is this any different from the wars that American waged in the middle-east recently, over oil? How is no one aware that America is the most evil country in the world? People hear these stories of America's evil past and somehow convince themselves that we've moved past it. Well, how? Why? When? What exactly do you think has changed? Government is a man with a gun to your head. Until that changes, these atrocities will never end. Anarchy is the only true freedom. Patriotism is a form of Stockholm Syndrome.

Awas pocong

How is this when something similar already happened and all we so is recieve a genetically modified version????? There are no seeds!!!

I don’t even like bananas but I like plantains and the chips of the plaintains but my family eats them so I’m scared


0:01 whos tf opens a bannana like that?

This whole video can be summed up into why they want to push GMO bananas on the populace. I say hell no.

Sounds like oranges all over again. You'd think these companies would be smart enough to grow more varieties than just 1...but nope.

Actually, this problem of monoculture is only in the US.

I work in produce at a major grocery store and people can't get enough bananas.

This feels like a Vice mini documentary...

00:36 so uncomfortable

What the hell next !? Ya, take my bananas

Chiquita is a move in ping pong

So the way to save the Cavendish is to genetically modify them, which is safe, but people oppose it?

Maybe if they didn’t purchase there governments back in the 1890s this wouldn’t have happened.

thank god i’m obese and i don’t eat fruit

Americans love bananas. What an old fashioned way to start a commentary.

"That crunch right there" dude that thing is not even ripe.

I learned most of this from Sam O’Nella already.

Everyone’s going to go bananas

Ok. Genetically modify the gros michel. Transport solved

I’ve been cavendish re-occuring nightmare

I think black women are just super critical of everyone

GMO please

1 comment = 1 banana saved


Thank you CNBC I recently just ate 3 bananas RIP

Del Monte ftw

They'll figure it out.

11:30 big Mike?

Baloney, stop this nonsense crap for God sakes. There will be no fungus killing banana trees,

Now we know the historical background to the destabilisation of central american countries and ultimately the migratory movements towards the southern border of the united states.

I never buying bananas again and nobody should if you gotta don't buy dole or chachtita

Banana republic 2.0 ?

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