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Banana : The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World (Reprint) (Paperback) (Dan Koeppel)

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Read Dan Koeppel's posts on the Penguin Blog.In the vein of the bestselling Salt and Cod, a gripping chronicle of the myth, mystery, and uncertain fate of the world’s most popular fruitIn this fascinating and surprising exploration of the banana’s history, cultural significance, and endangered future, award-winning journalist Dan Koeppel gives readers plenty of food for thought. Fast-paced and highly entertaining,Banana takes us from jungle to supermarket, from corporate boardrooms to kitchen tables around the world. We begin in the Garden of Eden—examining scholars’ belief that Eve’s “apple” was actually a banana— and travel to early-twentieth-century Central America, where aptly named “banana republics” rose and fell over the crop, while the companies now known as Chiquita and Dole conquered the marketplace. Koeppel then chronicles the banana’s path to the present, ultimately—and most alarmingly—taking us to banana plantations across the globe that are being destroyed by a fast-moving blight, with no cure in sight—and to the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes, in a race to save the world’s most beloved fruit.
In the vein of the bestselling Salt and Cod, a gripping chronicle of the myth, mystery, and uncertain fate of the worldÂ's most popular fruit

In this fascinating and surprising exploration of the bananaÂ's history, cultural significance, and endangered future, award-winning journalist Dan Koeppel gives readers plenty of food for thought. Fast-paced and highly entertaining, Banana takes us from jungle to supermarket, from corporate boardrooms to kitchen tables around the world. We begin in the Garden of EdenÂ?examining scholarsÂ' belief that EveÂ's Â?appleÂ? was actually a bananaÂ? and travel to early-twentieth-century Central America, where aptly named Â?banana republicsÂ? rose and fell over the crop, while the companies now known as Chiquita and Dole conquered the marketplace. Koeppel then chronicles the bananaÂ's path to the present, ultimatelyÂ?and most alarminglyÂ?taking us to banana plantations across the globe that are being destroyed by a fast-moving blight, with no cure in sightÂ?and to the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes, in a race to save the worldÂ's most beloved fruit.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 281
Genre: Business + Money Management, History
Sub-Genre: Industries / Agribusiness
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Dan Koeppel
Language: English
Street Date: December 30, 2008
TCIN: 11321708
UPC: 9780452290082
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-1347

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