Things Are Looking Bad for Bananas

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Every couple of years, studies and rumors surface that we’re facing the extinction of bananas. While we haven’t seen the popular fruit die out yet, things are looking kind of dire.

The journal PLOS Pathogens has published a study that predicts bananas will be wiped out by a fungus called Panama disease.

The fungus has no way of being stopped or slowed at the moment, but the good news is that it isn’t going to wipe out the world’s banana crop tomorrow. It’s a slow-spreading fungus, and it hasn’t been detected in Latin America (where most of the world’s bananas are grown).

So don’t start stockpiling bananas for banana bread quite yet.

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