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Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Uncommon history of a common fruit...

Heard Koeppel interviewed on NPR and ordered this book straight away. Great read, engaging and tells a history of greed, war, fortunes and disasters this common little fruit has brought to the world. Great read!

posted by TJA90 on September 29, 2011

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1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A literary blunder

Mr Koppel's book is fastidiuos with a pessimist and dramatic look on food and business. He states that Bananas are doomed and will disappear in the near future subdued by Sigatoka fungus and the Panama disease but I wonder, why did he not say anything about bana...
Mr Koppel's book is fastidiuos with a pessimist and dramatic look on food and business. He states that Bananas are doomed and will disappear in the near future subdued by Sigatoka fungus and the Panama disease but I wonder, why did he not say anything about bananas surviving thousand of years being a seedless, sterile and perennial plant? why did he not expand on the bananas' food value? Thank God we have hope, for years scientists have study and reserach different ways on how to genetically modify bananas (and other crops) to make them better and resistent to fungus and plagues in aid of world hunger (but then, Koppel diverts focus on the negative and not proven statements of the few who think that genetically modified food could make people ill) What can you expect from a pessimist writer who does not have a Business and/or Agricultural degree and who probably chose the topic not because he likes bananas with his cereal but to make money retelling the dark side story of a Fruit company already exploited by many authors, news papers and magazines. Koeppel's lack of foresight prevents him from writting more details about the positive things the fruit industry is doing now (21st century) and the challenges they have to face against the European Trade. Mr Koppel, keep eating your Cavendish bananas they have potassium, have you ever thought about the food value of bananas? if not google it, do not bother looking for it in your book.

posted by Anonymous on January 18, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    A literary blunder

    Mr Koppel's book is fastidiuos with a pessimist and dramatic look on food and business. He states that Bananas are doomed and will disappear in the near future subdued by Sigatoka fungus and the Panama disease but I wonder, why did he not say anything about bananas surviving thousand of years being a seedless, sterile and perennial plant? why did he not expand on the bananas' food value? Thank God we have hope, for years scientists have study and reserach different ways on how to genetically modify bananas (and other crops) to make them better and resistent to fungus and plagues in aid of world hunger (but then, Koppel diverts focus on the negative and not proven statements of the few who think that genetically modified food could make people ill) What can you expect from a pessimist writer who does not have a Business and/or Agricultural degree and who probably chose the topic not because he likes bananas with his cereal but to make money retelling the dark side story of a Fruit company already exploited by many authors, news papers and magazines. Koeppel's lack of foresight prevents him from writting more details about the positive things the fruit industry is doing now (21st century) and the challenges they have to face against the European Trade. Mr Koppel, keep eating your Cavendish bananas they have potassium, have you ever thought about the food value of bananas? if not google it, do not bother looking for it in your book.

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