Who doesn’t love a tasty banana snack? Or adding them to a smoothie for an energy-boosting pick-me-up? But one of the world’s most popular fruits is facing imminent extinction
After most of the world’s banana population was wiped out in the 1950s, new plantations were established from the Cavendish variety of bananas.
The Cavendish banana was the only variety that was resistant to the deadly Panama disease which spread through plantations in the ’50s. Since then, the banana trade has expanded across the world, with the banana being one of the most popular, widely exported fruits in the world. It accounts for around 75% of the tropical fruit trade.
But bananas are being threatened by yet another disease which threatens to wipe out plantations if scientists don’t come up with a solution soon.
Watch the video above to learn more about how bananas are facing extinction!