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 ?

This was uploaded a few days ago, but then taken down after about an hour. Why? (I was only able to watch half the video the first time around.). Was there a factual error, or some piece of information the banana companies found undesirable?

i love banana's, but nothing beats the asian baby bananas. It taste way better than cavendish, but you can only find them in asian grocery stores.

I don't support Dole and you shouldn't either. They spray pesticides on their employees (because it's more cost-effective, hence, more profit for the company), and they use dangerous pesticides that are banned in my country (Canada). Screw Dole and their corrupt company.

Really interesting. I wasn’t aware that people had been gunned down over banana growing/harvesting. Very sad.

Is the old fungus dead by now? Can’t they just switch back

So wait, one single person could bring panama disease to latin america? like in some tainted soil or something? And it would wipe out the entire banana industry?

There is no mention of what fruit eve was tempted with in the bible. To bicker over whether it was an apple or a banana is a new height in stupidity.

United Fruit Co, if y’all white ppl don’t know, has such evil history in Latin America.

It could happen. The farmers are practicing mono culture. That is what happened in Ireland. It could happen anytime in the Midwest with corn or wheat. Or wherever farmers only plant one type of crop over millions of acres.

I was just smacking on a banana today. Omg

just grow them somewhere else

for example on the moon

who is watching this while eating a big banana

Thai bananas are so yummy, and so many other bananas are way tastier than Cavendish.

Actual journalism :O from CNBC :O

Right wing extremist call liberals and Democrats “communist radicals” for their supposed socialist beliefs and ideals the rich white men that have been running this country for centuries are repeatedly exposed nothing changes but the time period and means available to hide things such as worker mistreatment

It’s bananas b-a-n-a-n-a-s

Let me guess, before I even watch this, it’s climate change that’s threatening them?

This is the work of these banana companies raising their prices on bananas

i'm from Costa Rica, and i can confirm that everything in this video is true, it was like the blood diamonds problem,but with bananas.

Will the fungus kills the Minions?


When you hear how bad of a history Chiquita and Dole have you have to question whether if its so bad that they are losing their bananas

15:08 To protect it's banana workers? Doesn't sound like something they'd do

If you were a slave owner, would you allow your neighbor to murder your slaves? Who would harvest your crop for free, then?

I can't believe we are going to loose the banana because a bunch of white liptards watch to many BS anti vac and anti GMO documentary

Yeah it was the Banana that temped Eve without a doubt!

good thing I'm allergic to bananas anyway

once TR4 hits, the world will go Banana!


Not one mention of Sam “The Banana Man” Zemurray?!

time to bring them indoors! hydroponic bananas!

Mmm Banana Daiquiris!

philippines imports Apples Philippines exports Banana. Bananas grows in our backyard

Panama disease can be treated

I just realized I used 22:19 of my like learning about bananas and I will never get that back..

Standard fruit aka dole was stronger in Honduras

Bananas are not going anywhere

Chiquita alone has suffered karma, such is the fact of life of doing business in Latin America. https://mises.org/library/extortion-private-and-public-case-chiquita-banana

I hate ignorant people that are hating on GMOs!

The banana business in Latin America came about by accident, never as real business idea. The company developing train routes was going broke, and the Panama Canal was becoming a reality. Banana plants started being used to feed workers. UFCo was born from this. Your report only states and shows the harm done by the attitude of this company, but it does not show the benefits generated to the local economies, riddled with poverty and lack of jobs. Too one sided for me! Cavendish was developed at the botanical garden of the Duke of Cavendish, Great Britain. I am sure that by the time de disease lands in America, a new variety will be already in the plantations. Regards from Costa Rica!

hey guus ,just a banana ,come o n

Wow they actually covered the US overthrowing democracies so that they would keep producing bananas for us. Not bad

Thanks anti vaxxers

Don't look away from your banana, otherwise it will turn rotten while you're not looking.

AND NOW YOU GUYS COME OUT WITH THIS???!! This has been on my radar for 2yrs. Banana and pineapples history involve bloodshed. Such diseases have wiped out Hawaiis rainbow papaya. And only genetically modified seeds survived however, people are against tampering with genetics...in other words gmo's

I am anti GMO but if thats the only way to stop bananas from going extinct I'd be ok with GMO bananas

The only proper way to eat a banana is with the peel still on it.

Build a wall around the banana fields and make the farmers switch shoes at the entrance.

Whoever peels the whole banana before eating is an idiot.

vaccinate the banana plants!

Never liked bananas .....

A devilish idea fills my mind.

I Like How There's A Banana Biologist XD

I don't even like bananas

Bananas, as all plants, are DRUGS...

After watching this, I don't think I will still eat Chiquita.

CNBC yes it’s cheap found easily and very healthy

+MrAcescore I just care about the tree not the fruit tbh :/

Nah. We have plenty types of bananas here.

yes because I like banana tree.

Maybe the cavendish variety lmao

Power to the Sheeple I wonder why you hate it weirdo I’m allergic to picky eaters like you need to be sliced open for punishment!

Good lord please not the bananas

these reports are better then the usual stuff. make a channel with just these and ill sub

Why did you make a 22 min video about who gives AF banana history when you answered the question in under 3 min?

Nope, I hate bananas

Yes. I love banana milkshakes and banana creampies and sliced banana in my corn flakes. Or even banana pancakes or banana nut bread.

I don't care because I don't like bananas.

I would be honorable for you greengos to give credit to our central american banana republics, that is thanks to us through our land and cheap labor that your first and the world first multinational company was form United fruit company many of our people had to die so you capitalist system could thrive but instead you humiliate us calling us third world ms13 savages. and this is the main reason why this caravan exist your idiotic greedy moraless foreign policy and we still support the US. Nothing in this world is for free eventually you have to pay and the time has come to pay our nations back.



Bananas, as all kind of plants, are DRUGS.

Why do American TV Programs treat there viewers like they are children, the graphics and narration, sound like the program is made for brainless idiots, it is so condescending! If America is so worried about Banana's, why not grow your own, if a little country like Iceland can be the biggest supplier of Bananas in Europe. Then why can't America grow them?

I like the apple banana @ 0:24 So little and so sweet.

I hate that banana so tasteless. Love me some apple bananas, so sweet!

Could they spray the bananas ahead of time to prevent it. The original flavor died out, it seems to happening again

there not ad risk they have differen kinds ready dont lissen to this brain dead women

there are way better varieties than Cavendish

My spoon is too big

When I first clicked on this video, I paused at the add and checked the summary. I was like o ok a fungus is killing crops of bananas and for some reason I came down to read comments. Your comments made me watch the video. I'm like dictatorships? Machine gun nests?? Wuuuuuuuut

well now I want chiquita's bananas to get the fungus

I'd like the Chiquita MANAGEMENT to get it!!!

JUST SAY "NO!" to Dole and Chiquita!!!

People don't even know how good other types of bananas taste. I had some from a street vendor in vietnam and it was the best banana I had ever had.

im from malaysia and i am sorry we did this. we dont have a problem here because we have many tropical species here but I am sure other countries do not have that option.

If it takes out Chiquita and Dole... that would be great!!!

They should use GMO to add resistance to the Cavendish.

No , No, not the banana.......

Just use GMO ez

This is very disheartening. Has America always been so evil?

YES! YES! YES! (But only since the Big Bang!)

We didn't like the cavendish. It was considered the junk banana for the longest time. We used to eat the Gros Michel until it was nearly wiped out by Panama disease and was replaced by the Cavendish banana we eat today.

Cant they just print 3d bananas

How is it this video never mentions Edward Bernays. I already knew he played a big part in marketing for United Fruit Company, causing those wars and tricking Americans into thinking the problem was with these countries, not United Fruit. But the second the video made the correlation between Corn Flakes boxes having coupons for bananas, I knew that was a total Edward Bernays marketing move for both companies products, ending with Bernays getting two separate paychecks for the same scheme. The guy was brilliant and bad. The Stuff You Should Know podcast covered him well. https://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts/live-in-chicago-how-public-relations-works.htm

The banana we know and enjoy today isn't even the same one that existed many years ago. If one crop goes away (still unlikely), it's likely the slack will be taken up in other parts of the world or transition to similar breeds that are not affected. I'm not worried.

This explains why old timey bananas are symbolized as a little fatter and more crescent shaped in fiction and stuff

I thought this was vox for three minutes until I checked the title again

As a Keto Dieter ...they are not healthy. Loaded with sugar. I'd rather eat berries.

Doh! A banana IS a berry!!!

And people still think Venezuela is not about oil........

I'm surprised how much fellow Americans in the comment section, didn't know about the coup and destabilization of Nicaragua for US private 'interests'. US deep state did this to many nations. They're doing similar to Venezuela today.

Thats bad for everyone time to get new breeds and hybrids in market.

La masacre de las bananeras fue una matanza de los trabajadores de la United Fruit Company que se produjo entre el 5 y el 6 de diciembre de 1928 en el municipio de Ciénaga, Magdalena cerca de Santa Marta.

Stupid americans.. Your bananas ambition cause a very famous masacre in Colombia, and it was support by the local government and the US government.

Globalism at work.

Umm one huge mistake about this video is that bananas aren’t fruits, they’re considered as berries

Not CONSIDERED. They ARE berries!!! End of!

I just watched a 22 minute video on bananas. *And I’m proud of it.*

My little brother is gonna have a hard time coping with this...

But God didn't create the banana man did.

does it have something to do with the radio active potassium?

*Haven't ate a banana since I was a kid so I think ill be ok*

there is small variety of banana that have texture of apple tenderness, that is my favorite banana, cavendish I think is the worst of all banana varieties to eat raw but good if you make cake with it

Most banana candy is Gros Michel flavor, in case you were curious.

Banana republic conspiracy brewing.

It's time for Monsanto to get to work!

And we wonder why we're supporting destabilizing Venezuela in 2019

BS lies just like 99% of the time....

I hope my banana tree wont get hurt : (

I didn't exactly know how extreme things got in the "Banana Republics" . It helps shed light on Latin American anger.

And of course the US keeps stocking it's shelf's with food around the world while the rest of the world starves.

Dole and Chiquita are some of history's biggest criminals and responsible for decades of tyranny and murder in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Colombia. The term "banana republic" was coined to describe the horrible outcome of their intercession with local government. They are the supreme example of the horrors of capitalism, and if bananas go extinct due to these monsters' reckless tampering with nature, good. Death to capitalism.

Another man made problem

They want you to worry but I won't because I don't believe them

what's with the cheery background music with this devastating news?

Philippines SABA : eat my chips, turon, maruya, bannaque

They'll just switch to a new variety of banana. This has already happened to the first mono culture banana we imported from south america, the gros micheal or "Big Mike" banana.

is that the new mac book pro i see or what

So, while watching this video, which is amazing btw, I felt the urge to eat our last banana. The store where we buy our bananas has a giant Chiquita display with a singing banana, so I thought... hmmm I guess we eat Chiquita bananas, but the banana itself has a sticker with dole on it. smh.

U guys played donkey Kong music

Aren't global economy and open borders fun?

Bananas go extinct? Ha ha ha ha. That's funny. You mean commercial varieties might go extinct. Who cares? I don't like bananas, or big ag corporations.

Then you will wonder why Monsanto will come out right away with this new banana they try to sell the world that is completely resistant to this disease. Monopoly was not just a game you played as a kid.

What’s a

If I don't get my bananas because of some NON-GMO protester.........the world will BURN!

Thank you CNBC, very informative.

I agree! Excellent journalism!

Revolution we need a fresh clean start humans are destroying this planet! I’m sure the next generation will have a hard time only the very wealthy people might have a comfortable life but the rest will struggle

These are not real bananas they are GMO...real bananas have seeds.....ask anyone from South america....smh

So every cultivated crop is a GMO? Selecting the desirable traits and breeding those plants is manipulation but has also been done for thousands upon thousands of years, since the beginning of agriculture.

I can’t live without them bananas

What you DOING with them bananas, ANNii??? WTF!!!

It's nothing wrong with the bananas everybody in Central America are leaving there's no one to work for the banana plant they just making a lie

Good. Down with globohomo. Eat locally produced foods and end major carbon footprints.

And that’s why banana “flavored” things don’t taste like bananas. The flavor is based on the Gros Michel that died in the 70’s and our thoughts of how bananas should taste are based on the Cavendish. I never liked the taste of the Gros Michel but I do like the Cavendish.

Welp, there goes banana bread.

"Banana Biologist"

Every American is opening the banana on the wrong end :))))

I never want to eat a banana again!

And now we're refusing them refugee status and kidnapping their children when they walk to our border asking for help.

The moment I got hooked: 2:16 - there is a book about bananas?!

It gained the name "El Puto"...

At 03:00 you showed the wrong map of India

so.. no mentioning of India China or Philippines in a banana video report... aren't they world top producers?!!

Clearly a sabotage!

The only thing we want in murica from third world countries is their fruit and cigars, the people can stay on the other side of our amazingly great wall. murica woot !

Why play a video through a laptop? just show it directly.. This is a stupid trend

My mom is starting it grow bananas bc of this

I tend to avoid GMOs in general and mostly consume organic products. The avoidance to GMO is more to avoid the more frankenfoods, particularly where they move genes from a vastly different organism &/or do so in a way that may cause harm/pain to the new GMO organism (1 ex: can’t feel good for a salmon to mature so quickly!) &/or they combine the genetics of pesticides/etc into plants that we and numerous other organisms eat (ex: some kill off bees, butterflies, etc w the offending pests). I’d have no problem eating a gmo banana IF the genetic material gained was from another banana and the original donor’s genes were biologically native and not transferred from elsewhere AND the new banana didn’t harm other organisms! I’d also be fine eating a banana with seeds; especially if those seeds carried extra nutrients beneficial to me/my family.

eatin a gassed bananas cant be fun

wrote a book on bananas.... haha sounds like a story from The Onion where that guy wrote the book on ant-eaters

I want to bring that fungus and travel to Panama and other south America latin then :)

Noooo. I cant live without banana milkshakes or banana creampies:'(

They should make a banana that last longer. And are thicker


United Fruit is still around, it’s just a group of homosexuals... They don’t care about the flavor of bananas, just the size.

Chiquita and dole are horrible companies with terrible pasts that very few people know about

The shit is bananas!

Ain't that just bananas!

I can't believe I watched a 22 minute documentary on bananas

man americans were assholes

Not worried at all. We have a bunch of bananas here in the Philippines.

The Dulles brothers and United fruit....the Dulles brothers and BP/SHELL/STANDARD OIL, the Dulles brothers and US steel, the Dulles brothers and Central American contras...the Dulles brothers and MI6 in Africa.....kind of a theme. Let the white man tell it and all these places are “shitholes” magically!

I honestly hate bananas but love the banana flavored laffey taffey

united fruit company? UFC?

GMO will save it but stupid of Americans and Europeans rather the banana be history.

safeguards +Random Dude

you peel from the side so you can store it in your pocket for later +Andrew Driver

Not really my wife still prefers my banana

This has been happening for decades. In the 90's you saw red bananas and mini bananas at the grocery store. This was because they were trying to see if the public could be transferred to alternates of the Cavendish, then you saw the Gold fingers which was a crossbred alternate with a slightly apple like tartness. Since then there have been cross bred alternates which tastes like the Cavendish so for all we know, they could transition without our knowledge. You don't see visible alternates on the grocery shelves so obviously the panic has abated somewhat, either they have backups to the Cavendish already lined up or they are otherwise no longer concerned. As to myself, I'm not addicted to bananas and would actually like to see the issue come to a head so that the public would become more aware of the vulnerabilities of our current agricultural practices and of course the misdeeds done for corporate interests. If I really want to keep bananas around, you can keep a dwarf Cavendish in a greenhouse or just dig up the corn and bag it in burlap over the winter months, you can even indulge in growing tastier bananas like the blue ice cream named for it's appearance and taste but aren't durable enough for commercial use. Note that keeping the corn dormant wrapped in burlap in the basement allows you to grow the dwarf Cavendish even in Canada, it's just a lot of work to hack down the plant and dig up the corn each fall. Just make sure you don't compost the skins from grocery store bananas if you intend to grow your own or you could easily spread the diseases to your plants.

are you worried that Latin American Democracy will be extinguished by the USA?

no your an idiot.... This happened to the big mike, everything will be fine

No. Surely a huge company like Dole will find a scientific method (gene therapy) to modify their bananas and maybe make the perfect, most durable banana.

+AEtheGOD Actually no there isn't a lot that have the same aesthetics as the Cavendish. You can get smaller You can get brown skinned Or you can go GMO But what will the consumer buy since being conditioned to a specific look for hundreds of years

+purehuman PuroHumano now you scaring me more

Their business is not at risk since people have known about tropical race 4 since the 1980s. There's been hundreds of new varieties created but they're still doing consumer research and field tests to decide which one would be the best replacement. The first one that was released in 1988 was FHIA-01 known as "Goldfinger" 'FHIA-01' was released by FHIA in 1988 as part of their programme to breed bananas with increased tolerance/resistance to major pests and diseases 'FHIA-01' has been classified as susceptible but highly tolerant[18] and as resistant[19][4][12][20][2][5][21] to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense races 1, 2 and 4. http://www.promusa.org/FHIA-01

The massacre in 1928 of banana plantation workers in Colombia has been forever memorialized in the plot of "One Hundred Years of Solitude," Latin America's most famous novel. There's a similar massacre in the novel of banana plantation workers trying to rebel against a repressive regime. So, bananas are quite influential--they even inspired Latin America's greatest author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

More Trumpers should watch this, and fill their empty brains with real information.

Why must every video have annoying background music or some ridiculous intro? Just narrate it and leave it alone.

I can't possibly be the only one who picked up a banana from the kitchen, and started eating it while watching this

LOL. If I had a banana, I would've done the same. :D

All these wars fought over bananas and no one thought to put bananas in their enemy’s rifle?

5:55 : United Fruit Slaughted Innocent Civilians and banana workers, 3000 dead from premeditated mounted sentry gun entrapment.

We would eat other bananas if they made it readily available.

great video, great research, but it shows that the us is still the same, owning with hard power, killing people for money. this is a disease.

I'm gonna pretend to be an ignorant trump supporter and say "Fake News!"

People only care when it's gone. We need Bananas to go extinct, same goes for famous animals, maybe when the last Elephant dies we might actually do something.

that is an odd way to explain preservation, you say the longer it grows or the longer the envirenment the longer bananna? which way do you think? if erosion happens is it because of the deteriorating envirenment as opposed to the preserving bananna? most people would say the chain leads to deciding which one is bought. here to who know and who dont know.

I hate bananas.

Good they are full of poisonous pesticide and fungucide anyway. I am not worried at all about banana there is plenty of wild banana in Asias jungle if you really want them.

We bicker on how bananas should be peeled!

No. They only want to raise the price for bananas

I'm not worried about the Cavendish. There's a lot of wonderful bananas out there.

Awesome production and design. Real journalism. Please please please continue this more NPR route of information.

What the heck, this started auto-playing and I thought I was watching a Vox video. Not bad, NBC.

Only buy healthier, pesticide free organic bananas!

non-gmos... :| I trust in science that we, humans, manipulate nature to prevent a disease from destroying our food. Just gimme that bacteria resistant banana... i could careless if it does nothing bad like a natural version. which it doesnt :|

Good. Bananas shouldn't have british names.

I'm from South East Asia. The birthplace of bananas. I found that the bananas in the USA. Is not the same. Not as tasty. It was big. But it tasted bland. There are other strains of bananas don't let just one strain monopolize the market

I'm literally eating a banana while watching this and you're telling me it got a disease?

I blame Sea Of Thieves for the banana shortage.

We argue over how to eat bananas? Please continue doing these entertaining and factual videos. And fire, immediately the squad of betas that are creating these Vox-like format and editing..

Back in Arbenz government, my grandma told me that everyone had money, and Quetzals (Guatemalan currency) worth more than dollars. People didn't wanted dollars!!! The effects of CIA and the banana empire were way worse for guatemalan people(36years of war and corruption). If that wouldn't happen we would like the Netherlands of America (yeah, that's right, America is a continent, not a country) or some sort of Norway. Many of the great advancements that took place on the country came from that epoch.

And in steps Monsanto with their genetic manipulations, voila fungus resistant glow in the dark bananas... mmmm tasty

Communism IS a real threat in Latin America. It isn't just an excuse.

I don't care about corporations

Kirk Cameron loves bananas.

Why Adam and Eve were painted as white?

it took me 2 minutes to realize this wasn't a vox video

cant they grow it in a lab?

The Banana Chiquita destroyed Guatemala and impeach their president Jacobo arbenz they are very evil. The USA started a disastrous civil war in Guatemala. You can read https://www.scribd.com/doc/106672332/BITTER-FRUIT-The-untold-story-of-the-american-coup-in-Guatemala


Im surprised a us news corp is admitting to the evil conducted by capitalist americans and their military.

get off this capitalist american site which uses american military inspired internet, you left wing parasite.

Lol, watching this while eating a banana split.

Simple solution just change the location you grow them to a different country

Yeah, I won't be buying Chiquita bananas anymore, thank you.

Ya know what, here's a thought, the big companies know this is coming, they knew a long time ago, and they've already replaced their bananas with the modified version that is resistant, and as a result they are hoping the disease spreads so they can take more market share. Just a thought. potentially unrelated, i like the fruit, however about 8 years ago it started to give me an allergic reaction when i'd eat a banana, my mouth gets really itchy, and it sucks because i like bananas, and i can't eat them. :(

humans are next

F. united fruit for what they did to gautamala.

And this is why diversity in the plant genetics is so vital. Cloning & grafting single species = eventual extinction!

Florida Orange caught smuggling Panama Disease into Panama.


The United States created many of the problems in Central and South America that has caused people to seek better lives in the US, including what they've done for cheap bananas. We have people like Trump who have a similar history of exploiting people for their own gains, then turn their backs to them when they are in need.

Hail Hydra,. I mean Chiquita.

Gmo are the future if we want keep are population growing

Can we believe this story? It is from CNBC so the legitimacy has to be questioned.

"The Panama disease hasn't reached latin America". Isn't Panama in Latin America? lol

Gave up bananas a year ago. Don't miss them.

chiquita and dole can shove the bananas up their ass.

Bananas arent even that good. Peaches are much better

For all you sanctimonious hypocrites...you love cheap prices on any product! This story is as old as man! Just the details change! What I am waiting for is for man to make himself extinct!

O dear God, save the bananas them please . Love banana so ....

GMO is not the answer! Eugenics and greed will be the end of this planet lol no seeds and they wonder why there plants are failing. We need to get past eating infertile plants, its not good for the plant and its not good for us.

Alan Brown, that one person who's a banana biologist

Time has changed. This is like a nazi saying: yeah, I might have killed a few jews and taken their factories, but I'm not doing it any more....well...you still got the factories don't you?

It's not a bawinar. It's a baloser. Im not a bananaist. I'm a scientsist.

There's a interesting book/novel written in 1941 by costarican writter Carlos Luis Fallas called Mamita Yunai which is around the banana production and United Fruit Company labor here in Costa Rica, it has even being translated to english, chinese, etc.

It be fun to transplant that fungus to South America

if the stupid scientists were not messing with GMO bananas and have bananas as they are supposed to be with a pit inside, perhaps that would be a problem today

Great... now I know why they call them "Republica bananera", and old expression for those countries


Stop buying cheap bananas

So... the Gro Michel crop is hardier, cheaper/easier to transport and larger - If you have the finance to create GMO Cavanish, would you not gain an advantage over competitors by applying those techniques to the Gro Michel? Still would stand the scrutiny of the anti-gmo movements

Let's grow pawpaws instead, they are native to America and taste a lot like a banana. Also high in potassium.

so why not grow another breed of banana to prepare for this?

I thought they were going to say they are at risk because the #ketodiet was taking over and it strictly prohibited bananas loooollllll

And now, 2019, thousands of Guatemalans (El Salvadorians, Hondurans and Nicaraguans too) are seeking a better life by attempting to immigrate to the US...seems that if they had got a fair shake from the American businessmen and leaders back in the 50s to 70s they may have stayed home. Some of our problems we create ourselves. Makes you wonder what new problems we are creating today for ourselves in the future.

Banana Biologist - what a role

Same thing happened to the previous strain of Bananas back in the sixties

ummm......monoculture bad. when not if.


God damn i hate anti-gmo groups.

bingo the end of united fruit dole and delmonte--no more invasions -maybe they can grow on mars?

Dole bananas are planted in Philippine where Monsanto US companies used genetic modified good and illegal fertilizer to harvest. US has been doing it to slowly wipe out the Filipinos population and yet those Filipinos treated them like King's.

This report is highly inaccurate. If one does their own due diligence they will find out why we have the Cavendish banana in the first place. It's not because we love them. The fact is, it is one of worst tasting bananas that exists. It lacks the sweetness of days gone by. But we are stuck with it because of these fungus's which attack other varieties ferociously. Some islands have even outlawed these other varieties. BTW - If you get into virtual reality (VR), you will discover that most bananas are grown under overhead covers or what amounts to indoors. Gigantic fields of tented crops. Why ? Because the output per acre is much larger. The banana farmers can justify the cost of that covering this way.

Thanks goodness for this information. I had been blaming Trump.

Where are all these Refugees coming from! Oh, I wonder?


if this company massacered 3k banana workers... it is time for this company to be forgotten... be gone.

good Dole helped a dictatorship anyway

The United states earning the hate!!!!!

the fruit of the tree of knowledge couldnt have been a banana or an apple, because God put an angel to guard it from them with a flaming sword and then the flood happened lol duh

plantains are good.....

This is a long video just to say the Cavendish is in danger but there are literally hundreds of varieties of bananas and many of them taste close enough to the Cavendish that no one would notice. I grow bananas. The plants are very resilient and difficult to kill by neglect, pest, or disease. Some varieties even resist New English cold. Bananas are not going anywhere. Clickbait.

America war mongering for profit. A horrible government allowed by a careless population.

your content is addictive

Forget the Anti GMO'ers On This One' This Is Real! We Have The Technology' To Rebuild The Banana! Use The Modified Resistant Gene Hybrid ! Always!! _

We need more varieties of many foods to prevent this type of thing.

because GMO's are debatable. Both left and right support/don't support.

The agricultural practice of monoculture of seedless fruit (the Cavendish is just one) will eventually become extinct but the banana as a species will survive. There is a reason cloning as a method of reproduction is usually not successful in nature for the long term.


What, CNBC, you're not blaming Millennials for killing the banana industry? lmao your reporting is garbage, you neoliberal pigs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsJ2EbQA00Y man. give him some credit.

@CNBC I'm concerned that CNBC refuses to report on the grotesque exploitation of the Southern hemisphere's people by giant U.S. based corporations.

No, because it can be treated. It is not true that once it is infected it will die.

+Rodrigo Rios Lee if thats true why do frozen bannanas taste like ice cream? will ice cream not be delicious in the new milleneum future?

Alexandre Goncalves it's Ma'am!! and Jewish

Not only bananas, almost every living organism will go extinct in the next decades, including humans. Never heard of the 6th mass extinction?

+David James im sorry but i dont know what is a cavendish. good day to you sir and your fancy irish ways.

CNBC Hillary Clinton would have saved the bananas. She still can help. Please send all your money to the Clinton Foundation attention: head banana

Who else had to eat a cavendish while watching this?

i am because i like bannnana smell. I also like spelling bannnana and occasionally wearing yellow hats and shirt combo.

Bananas are inherently evil due to their phallic nature. God cursed them once for it and now it's happening again.

+AEtheGOD Sure, there are different kinds out there but few that have the classic "banana" flavor people want. There are some which are far better tasting but not able to be shipped for one reason or another. Some ripen too fast, some split easily, some have too thin of a peel and some, like the best tasting banana I have had, Paggi, as soon as they begin to ripen, the banana falls off the stem.

No, and the anti-GMO won't hold water. Once the disease wipes out enough of the supply to make bananas not commercially viable, the GMO version will be presented, and it's either eat this, or no bananas for you. We know the vast majority of activists won't persist in their actions once the problem begins to affect them personally, especially financially.

+Omar El Shazli The Cavendish is already a hybrid invented by the British because of the first blight and now the Australians have a GMO. One has to wounder if are we even eating Bananas at this point. lol

no. i eat other type of banana that are so much sweeter than this.

Yes. Genetic diversity is lacking in many commercial crops. I am worried about not only bananas going extinct but other kinds of crops.

er... they dont actually sell bananas.

IVE STOPPED EATING THEM because of the chemicals used to grow them and the environmental effects also the gmo!!!

why didn't you talk about the chemicals killing the workers..and toxic to those who don't wash their fruit??!!!!!!!! CHEMICALS CHEMICALS CHEMICALS CHEMICALS

New Guinea is not a tiny island...

i stopped buying them..used to buy organic

"we can't stop it because it happened before." ...so. they tried CRISPR back in the day?

Good, we can eat any of the other kinds of bananas


I got a banana between my legs.

I live in Hawaii, no need to import bananas, they grow easily and we have much better types available.

Meruca efff ya!!!

So this is the 2nd variety of banana to approach extinction from a fungus.

So the price went up.... Curiously!!!!!!!!!!!!

I always like to buy & ate Long bananas every 3 days one ya! I liked Del Monte Long bananas & in Singapore, we’ve Del Monte & Aloha Brands of Long bananas ya! ☺️

How do we know it isn't being done on purpose as part of the agenda?

Where ever US goes there is violence and war. I was expecting this before seeing the video.

I love

Banana runts rule!!!

I'd love to see more content of this style from networks like CNBC... Much more. Stuff like this is one of the reasons why so many countries are far behind technologically and socially.

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