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http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2016/08/18/devastating-plant-...

What will I do without my favorite phallic fruit???
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Paint Cucumbers yellow and pretend.
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cucumbers? Dammit slater angry
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(sigh) cucumbers aren't a fruit.

They're disgusting.

Unless pickled, of course.
 
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(sigh) cucumbers aren't a fruit.

Do not let your biology teacher hear that or you may need to repeat the class : http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/09/what-is-the-...
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They need to come up with a GMO variety resistant to the disease(s). I'd assume they have a backup variety but in the short term bananas could become VERY expensive. I love Golden Delicious apples same thing could happen to them...
 
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They need to come up with a GMO variety resistant to the disease(s). I'd assume they have a backup variety but in the short term bananas could become VERY expensive.


But that's just it: current bananas are the backup variety. Cavendishes were the backup after the Gros Michel was mostly destroyed by the same fungus.

(You can still get Gros Michels in a few places in southeast Asia; I've had one, they're creamier and sweeter than the bananas you're used to).
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Welcome to the world mono-crops for agriculture.
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Incidentally, they have been predicting the eradication of the Cavendish for a while - and as MGK indicated, this has happened before.

What will likely happen is that you will see a transition to a different variety - and definitely highlights the dangers of uber specialization.
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That doesn't sound like a very intelligent design.
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Plantains and other members of banana family still exist + SCIENCE! "Yes we could have no bananas" for a while but in the long run we will. They might not be the same as we have today. If there's money in it a new hybrid isn't far away.
 
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Plantains and other members of banana family still exist + SCIENCE! "Yes we could have no bananas" for a while but in the long run we will. They might not be the same as we have today. If there's money in it a new hybrid isn't far away.

Agriscience is a big deal these days. Israel has been one of the pioneers. We don't have the climate for bananas but might be able to grow them in greenhouses etc. I'd be shocked if nobody here was already working on the problem.
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rcbevco wrote:
Plantains and other members of banana family still exist + SCIENCE! "Yes we could have no bananas" for a while but in the long run we will. They might not be the same as we have today. If there's money in it a new hybrid isn't far away.


The Goldfinger banana is the next one up, but it's much less sweet than the Cavendish is - supposedly it's almost tart.
 
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rcbevco wrote:
They need to come up with a GMO variety resistant to the disease(s). I'd assume they have a backup variety but in the short term bananas could become VERY expensive. I love Golden Delicious apples same thing could happen to them...

Golden Delicious apples? Confirms my findings from trips to the US that all US apples are shit.
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rcbevco wrote:
They need to come up with a GMO variety resistant to the disease(s). I'd assume they have a backup variety but in the short term bananas could become VERY expensive. I love Golden Delicious apples same thing could happen to them...

Golden Delicious apples? Confirms my findings from trips to the US that all US apples are shit.

My wife (born and raised in Ireland but lived in the UK as an adult) finds my knowledge of varieties etc of apples also deplorable. I was raised in the US.
 
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(sigh) cucumbers aren't a fruit.

They're disgusting.

Unless pickled, of course.
Pickling turns them into a fruit?
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rcbevco wrote:
They need to come up with a GMO variety resistant to the disease(s). I'd assume they have a backup variety but in the short term bananas could become VERY expensive. I love Golden Delicious apples same thing could happen to them...
I seem to recall Kew keeps a store for just this eventuality.
 
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DavidDearlove wrote:
rcbevco wrote:
They need to come up with a GMO variety resistant to the disease(s). I'd assume they have a backup variety but in the short term bananas could become VERY expensive. I love Golden Delicious apples same thing could happen to them...

Golden Delicious apples? Confirms my findings from trips to the US that all US apples are shit.


To each his own. May people like the MacIntosh it's a flavorless blob of flavorless juice. Fuji and Breburn are also good as well as is a tart Granny Smith if you're in a sour mood.
 
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But what does Ray Comfort have to say about this?
 
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rcbevco wrote:
Plantains and other members of banana family still exist + SCIENCE! "Yes we could have no bananas" for a while but in the long run we will. They might not be the same as we have today. If there's money in it a new hybrid isn't far away.

Yeah no doubt about that. Eventually all food crops will have to be heavily modified GMOs since the way we raise food puts a lot of evolutionary pressure on bugs, fungus, etc to adapt. When there is a massive food source available there is no way to stop evolution from finding a way to make use of it.

As for changing our farming practices, I know we already have a bit, but there is only so much that can be done. There are 6 billion people to feed and if we don't utilize the land as efficiently as possible some people are going to starve. Or even worse, I wouldn't be able to eat steak anymore.
 
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rcbevco wrote:
DavidDearlove wrote:
rcbevco wrote:
They need to come up with a GMO variety resistant to the disease(s). I'd assume they have a backup variety but in the short term bananas could become VERY expensive. I love Golden Delicious apples same thing could happen to them...

Golden Delicious apples? Confirms my findings from trips to the US that all US apples are shit.


To each his own. May people like the MacIntosh it's a flavorless blob of flavorless juice. Fuji and Breburn are also good as well as is a tart Granny Smith if you're in a sour mood.


Yeah but that is where you are limited. We don't get McIntosh apples in the UK (I think). But we have a good choice of Worcester Pearmain, Cox's Orange Pippin, Bramley (for cooking), Discovery, Egremont Russet (a very nutty flavoured apple), Gala can all be found in UK markets and supermarkets - although not all simultaneously.
 
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Most US grocers will carry 5-9 varieties. The big question is how many swallows does it take to...
 
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rcbevco wrote:
Plantains and other members of banana family still exist + SCIENCE! "Yes we could have no bananas" for a while but in the long run we will. They might not be the same as we have today. If there's money in it a new hybrid isn't far away.

Yeah no doubt about that. Eventually all food crops will have to be heavily modified GMOs since the way we raise food puts a lot of evolutionary pressure on bugs, fungus, etc to adapt. When there is a massive food source available there is no way to stop evolution from finding a way to make use of it.

As for changing our farming practices, I know we already have a bit, but there is only so much that can be done. There are 6 billion people to feed and if we don't utilize the land as efficiently as possible some people are going to starve. Or even worse, I wouldn't be able to eat steak anymore.


Thankfully I recently read The Windup Girl, so I am prepared for our GMO post-apocalypse.
 
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(sigh) cucumbers aren't a fruit.

They're disgusting.

Unless pickled, of course.
Pickling turns them into a fruit?

No, it turns them into something edible.

And yes, I know cucumbers are a fruit, just like tomatoes. You ever seen them between the melons and the grapes at your local grocer? Yeah, me neither.
 
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