Saturday, April 5, 2014

Possible Banana Shortages

We sure seem to be hearing a lot of different crop diseases spreading through the third world this past year--limes and coffee (here and here) most recently. Now bananas:
 Scientists have warned that the world’s banana crop, worth £26 billion and a crucial part of the diet of more than 400 million people, is facing “disaster” from virulent diseases immune to pesticides or other forms of control. 
A United Nations agency told The Independent that the spread of TR4 represents an “expanded threat to global banana production”. Experts said there is a risk that the fungus, for which there is currently no effective treatment, has also already made the leap to the world’s most important banana growing areas in Latin America, where the disease threatens to destroy vast plantations of the Cavendish variety. The variety accounts for 95 per cent of the bananas shipped to export markets including the United Kingdom, in a trade worth £5.4bn.

1 comment:

  1. There are more shortages than just tropical foods such as bananas, limes, and coffee. There are many mundane shortages I see in the stores in the large US metropolitan area in which I live. These shortages are largely just annoyances, since suitable substitute items are usually available. The stores I primarily shop at have good logistics systems and receive daily inventory replenishments.

    In most cases, I can't even speculate as to the cause of the shortage. All I know is the item disappears from the shelves and is not restocked for a period of time ranging from a couple of weeks to many weeks.

    As a result of these shortages, I've had to start maintaining a larger inventory of some items in my home. This is in addition to a fairly deep inventory of food staples and items like toilet paper.


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