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The Banana Epidemic

banana-plantation-150.jpgTropical Race Four is a soil-borne illness that affects the most commonly grown variety of banana, the Cavendish, that has nearly wiped out entire populations of the fruit in Asia and Australia. Experts are keeping their eye on Latin American plantations, the source to America's banana supply: "Americans are snookered. They'd better wake up and realize it, or they're not going to have any bananas to eat." [New Yorker, subs. req'd via -E-]