ArticlesBlog

Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk

Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk


Americans love bananas. We eat more of them
than any other fruit. We even bicker about the
proper way to eat them. It’s not brown. Yes, what is that color? Oh, that crunch
right there. This banana did
the same thing! No. Basically, we’ve gone
bananas for bananas. Specifically, we like this
banana: the Cavendish. There are hundreds of varieties
of bananas, but the Cavendish is the only one
widely available in the U.S. In 2018 alone, the U.S. imported about 2.2 billion dollars worth of the
Cavendish, or about 10.5 billion pounds. But there’s a problem. A deadly fungus that
targets the Cavendish is spreading around the world. The fungus and the disease it
causes go by a few names, most often Tropical Race
4 or TR4 and Panama disease. But whatever you call it, the
result is the same. The fungus actually infects through
the roots, gets into what’s known as the corm, which
is the big bulb at the bottom, and then gets
into the vascular tissue. The first symptom is
usually a very characteristic yellow leaf, just one leaf. Very quickly after that,
the plant dies. Bang. Bang indeed. It hasn’t yet arrived in
Latin America, the region that supplies the U.S. with 97 percent of its bananas. But experts agree that it’s
only a matter of time. It has spread across
oceans, two continents. And, if you look at them ap, it’s coming to Latin America. There’s no question about that. All it takes is one person
to transfer this on their shoes, and then we’ve got
an epidemic and it’s going to sweep through the
American production system like fire. This is troubling news for
banana fans and for the three American companies that
dominate global banana sales. As of each company’s
most recent public filing, bananas comprised significant portions
of their sales. But the worst part? We can’t stop it. We know this because
Panama disease has already destroyed the banana
industry once before. Bananas are, like, the most
boring, mundane objects on Earth. Like, it’s
just a banana. This is Dan Koeppel, author
of this book about bananas. Yet behind the
banana is this amazing, fascinating history. It’s like science, it’s
culture, it’s it’s bloodshed, it’s murder, it’s
music, it’s everything. We’ll get to all that. But let’s start here. U.S. imports the second
largest number of bananas, behind the European Union. But banana agriculture barely
exists in either place: a dwindling amount in Hawaii
and a moderate amount in the Canary Islands. To understand bananas improbable
domination, we have to go back to the beginning. Bananas were first cultivated here
on this tiny island 3000 years ago. They migrated with humans
across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, becoming
a staple everywhere they went. Arabic and European
scholars even bickered over whether the famous fruit that
tempted Eve was not an apple, but a banana. Bananas arrived in the Americas
in 1516, when a Spanish priest brought them from
the Canary Islands to the Dominican Republic. From there, they spread throughout the rest of the Caribbean. Bananas are fragile and
rot within a week of being picked. In the early half of
the 19th century, the small amount that managed to make
it to the U.S. were sold as an
expensive luxury food. But after the Civil War,
bananas became a huge craze. Between 1871 and 1901, the
value of the bananas imported to the U.S. increased from $250,000
to $6.5 million. And in the 10
years after that, U.S. consumption of bananas nearly
tripled from 15 million to 40 million bunches. So many banana ships arrived
at these docks on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that
they became known as the ‘banana docks’. This shift is thanks
to these three entrepreneurs. By 1899, they had formed a banana importing business called United Fruit Company. That might not sound familiar,
but its modern name will: Chiquita. But back then, it was United
Fruit and it was huge. So huge that it gained
the nickname ‘El Pulpo,’ or ‘the octopus,’ for the
stranglehold it developed on Central America. So huge that the U.S. government repeatedly brought
antitrust action against it. So huge that understanding
bananas in the first half of the 20th
century means understanding United Fruit. United Fruit’s business model
relied on economies of scale. I mean the banana really
is an impossible export fruit. I mean, it’s fragile, it
ripens quickly, it gets rotten fast. And the way to do it is
to make it so cheap that your money is made on volume. Keeping the retail price low
meant keeping the costs to produce those bananas
very low. But transporting a delicate
tropical fruit across thick jungles or hurricane-stricken
oceans was not a recipe for rock-bottom
production costs. United Fruit managed this
by tightly controlling every aspect of the supply chain. First, United Fruit acquired huge
swaths of land in Latin America. In exchange, they constructed
railroads and telegraph lines — infrastructure that locals
could use, but that remained under
company control. During the heyday of its
operations, it was generally the largest landowner in
any of these countries. At one point, it controlled
almost 20 percent of all arable land in
Guatemala for example. Second, United Fruit squashed
competition with price wars or buyouts, becoming a
virtual monopoly by the early 20th century. The U.S. government brought antitrust
lawsuits against United Fruit multiple times. In 1909, the government forced
the company to sell the 50 percent of shares it owned
of one of its last remaining competitors. The company’s previous owners
regained control and later renamed their
business Standard Fruit. Remember that name. It later became Dole. But the most controversial
aspect of United Foods early history was its
treatment of local plantation workers. In order to produce bananas
very profitably, you have to keep the
wages extremely low. And so the plantations
historically have resorted to extremely repressive labor conditions
in order to suppress wages. Workers often protested these
conditions, but United Fruit took drastic measures
to squash rebellion. Measures that often involved
military action, either from local governments or
from the U.S. itself. In 1928, workers
from United Fruit plantations in Colombia went on strike. United Fruit encouraged the
government of Colombia to suppress the strike. That December, the workers were
told they could meet with the regional governor in
the town square to discuss their demands. Instead, the Colombian army
mounted machine gun nests in all the surrounding buildings
and gunned down, it’s estimated, up to 3000
civilians in cold blood, including many women and
children and elderly people. And so the national governments
were the ones who were mainly involved in the
suppression of strikes, but they were acting very much
at the behest of United Fruit. And when local governments
couldn’t or wouldn’t step in, the U.S. itself did. [Newscaster] Dateline
Nicaragua, 1926. In a moment, the story The U.S. Marines landed repeatedly
in Central America. The U.S. government was determined to
prevent any sort of communism from taking hold
in the Americas. When banana workers on
United Fruit plantations protested for unions or rights,
it raised fears of Communism. Fears that many
historians argue were more of a convenient excuse
than a legitimate threat. The accusation always flung
at union organizers or human rights activists was that
they were acting under communist auspices. It was a very convenient
way of dismissing those movements and rationalizing
extreme political and military measures
against them. They sort of lost sight of
the fact that they were a banana company and not
sort of the political communications arm of
the anti-Communist campaign. I mean, it sounds crazy
but it’s really true. Perhaps the most notorious example
is that of Jacobo Árbenz. In 1950, Árbenz
won the presidency in Guatemala on a promise
to redistribute unused United Fruit land to
poor Guatemalans. The company sounded the
alarm, which quickly reached the White House thanks to
a few well-placed company executives. Allen Dulles, who was a
lawyer who worked for United Fruit and a board member
of United Fruit, was the brother of John Foster Dulles,
who was the secretary of state in
the Eisenhower administration. And so when United Fruit
perceived its interests to be threatened in Guatemala, there
was a direct communication of that threat
from United Fruit’s managers on the ground
in Guatemala to Allen Dulles, in turn to his
brother, in turn to President Eisenhower, who then directed the
CIA to lead a disinformation and destabilization
campaign against Árbenz — one which resulted
in his being overthrown and exiled and which
ushered in literally two generations of military
governments, extremely repressive governments
in Guatemala. United Fruit called this
a ‘decidedly favorable development’ in its
1954 annual report. Chiquita declined to comment
on these allegations. However, in 2001, the
company released a corporate social responsibility report
that acknowledged allegations of the company’s
participation in the Árbenz coup and
other events. They noted that ‘this casts
a shadow even today over the company,’ but that ‘times
have changed and so has our company.’ If this seems like a lot
of work for bananas, that’s because it was. But back in the U.S., they were becoming an
extremely popular snack. The American public was
largely unaware of United Fruit’s tactics abroad. But at home, they fell in
love with bananas thanks to the company’s extensive
advertising efforts. To name just a few: in
1924, the company added coupons for bananas to boxes
of cornflakes to encourage consumers to eat the
fruit with cereal. In 1939, the company
distributed free textbooks to grade schools filled, of
course, with information on bananas. In 1944, they
unveiled their most iconic marketing success. Miss Chiquita. The big question is why. Like, Andrew Preston, the
founder of United Fruit, what made him think this
like easily rotten, expensive to ship, weird-looking fruit could
be sold for almost nothing to people who didn’t know
what it was, how to eat it? That weird-looking fruit was
gold for United Fruit. In 1920, the company had
net profits of 33 million dollars, or about 419
million in 2019 dollars. I mean, it was
just just a miracle. A miracle that was bought
obviously in blood and horror. But it was
absolute marketing genius, there’s no question about it. In short, bananas kicked
off lawsuits, advertising innovations, protests, coups,
and violent suppression. But these bananas were
not today’s Cavendish. These are Gros Michel bananas,
a related species that is bigger and tougher than
the Cavendish and with a slightly different taste. They’re also the first
banana rendered commercially extinct by Panama disease. Before we get into
that, some science. Gros Michel bananas were
all genetically identical. The same is true of
today’s Cavendish, which is why bananas look the same no
matter where you buy them. Business-wise, identical products
are good. Companies can standardize
transport systems and cultivate loyalty and
trust among consumers. But biologically,
they’re bad. Monoculture is is always
an issue in agriculture. The problem is that if
you’re growing all the same material, all of these are
going to be susceptible to the same disease. So when the deadly fungus
first appeared in Panama in 1903, it made short work
of United and Standard Fruit’s products. Over the next 57 years,
Panama disease wiped out virtually every Gros Michel
plantation in Latin America. Both Standard and United
Fruit knew of the disease since the early 1900s,
but they dealt with it differently. United Fruit clung
to the Gros Michel, hoping it could outrun the
disease by starting new plantations on fresh land. Demand for bananas was skyrocketing,
but the ability to grow bananas in South
and Central America was declining. The disease was
actually creating this avaricious need for land. That method only worked
for so long. By the early 1920s, banana
shortages were such a noticeable problem that musicians
Frank Silver and Irving Cohn wrote this hit
song, in which a fruit stand vendor repeatedly informs
his customers that he’s out of bananas. By the 1950s, the Gros Michel’s future looked grim. Even the strategy of stealing land as the disease was chasing was, was running out of gas because there was not enough land to meet the demand for bananas. United Fruit went into freefall. From 1950 to 1960, annual
revenue fell from 66 million to 2.1 million. Meanwhile, Standard Fruit
couldn’t afford to constantly buy new land. So in the late 1920s, it
began searching for a banana with the taste, look, and
resistance to Panama disease to replace the
dying Gros Michel. It eventually landed on,
you guessed it, the Cavendish. Standard Fruit grew the
first commercial Cavendish in 1953 on a
plantation in Honduras. It spent the rest of the
decade figuring out how to transport them. Cavendish is very fragile. Gros Michel was never shipped
in boxes, it was just thrown in bunches
into ships. But by boxing them and using
gas to preserve it, to keep their ripening in check,
they were able to ship this and grow them
at low prices. This put Standard Fruit leagues
ahead of United Fruit when the latter finally adopted
the Cavendish in the early 1960s. In that time, just that
10-year span, Standard Fruit, which became Dole, had managed
to get a 50 percent market share. So Chiquita never really
recovered, to this day. Other than Chiquita’s decline,
the switch to the Cavendish went
smoothly enough. Nearly 60 years later,
most Americans happily consume the Cavendish, unaware of
its lost predecessor. For the next few decades,
the industry hummed along much as it had before,
just with a different banana. Standard Fruit became Dole
and United Fruit became Chiquita. Together with Del
Monte and the Irish-based company Fyffes, they dominated
global banana exports, controlling two-thirds in
the 1980s. But the many problems
faced by banana workers continued, more than can
be detailed here. Notably, in 2007 Chiquita admitted
to paying a violent Colombian terrorist group to
protect its banana workers from 1997 to 2004. And in the mid-1990s, Chiquita
kicked off a trade war with the European Union
over its legislation that favored bananas from
former EU colonies. Chiquita lobbied the U.S. government to file a
complaint with the newly-formed World Trade Organization. The ensuing trade war,
called ‘the worst trans-Atlantic economic dispute since
World War Two’ by a 2005 Harvard Business
Review article, dragged on until 2012. Even with all this,
nothing changed for American consumers. Bananas reliably
appeared on supermarket shelves around the nation for
dirt-cheap prices — an average of about 55 cents
per pound since 2000. But this brings us back
to the beginning of this video: Panama disease. In the 1980s, the banana
industry’s old foe reappeared. Banana biologist Randy Ploetz
first identified it in the early 1990s. Basically, what started this whole
thing going was that there was a mindset in
Southeast Asia, In Indonesia in particular, in Malaysia, that
they can make money growing these
huge monocultures of Cavendish for
the first time. When they first started
doing this, they started succumbing to
Fusarium Wilt. It was like, whoa,
what’s going on there? The strain of the fungus that
wiped out the Gros Michel was called Tropical Race
1, or TR1. Cavendish is immune
to that. But it isn’t immune to a
different strain of the same fungus: Tropical Race
4, or TR4. Think of them like different
strains of the flu. It was very
much a surprise. People thought Panama disease would
not be a problem on Cavendish anymore, and lo
and behold it is. Quarantine efforts contained the
fungus in Southeast Asia for a while, but it soon spread. Historically, this has never
been a really great strategy. I mean if you’ve ever
been to a banana plantation, there’s thousands of vehicles going
in and out all day long. There’s there’s no effective quarantine method that we’ve ever seen that really works. For now, Latin America is safe. It’s oceans away
from the fungus. But experts agree that the
fungus’ arrival is a matter of when, not if. Hopefully it’ll take many, many
years but it could happen tomorrow. There’s no way to really
put a timeline on this. Part of the danger is due to how the industry has changed. The giant, corporate-owned banana plantations of the Gros Michel era have been replaced by many more exporters operating on much smaller plots of land. In Ecuador, for instance, the number of registered banana exporters jumped from
181 in 2011 to 333 in 2012. Experts worry that the
logistics of implementing protective measures across so
many plantations will allow Panama disease to spread rapidly. It’s very difficult to make a thousand different family farms do clean farming compared
to one big factory farm. I think what’s possible is that someone’s going to get it in their field and they’re going to keep it a secret and not let people know. And that would be a disaster. Because once it gets in the waterways, in the soil, that sort of thing, it spreads in kind of an insidious manner. And this time, there’s no readily available replacement. No known banana has
the correct taste or durability. They dodged the bullet in the 1950s by identifying a variety, Cavendish. I think if there was something out there, they would’ve found it by now. I know they’ve put a lot of effort into screening material and looking at material
and so far they don’t have a replacement. Even if they did, the
entire infrastructure network for transporting bananas would have
to be replaced once again. The entire banana supply chain, from the moment the plantlet is planted in the ground to the moment you start to peel it, is designed just for the Cavendish banana. It’s almost as though a Cavendish-shaped pipe from Central America comes to your house and it doesn’t really fit another banana. This could explain why, until
recently the big three banana companies seemed unwilling
to recognize the problem. I think they’re still not
quite cognizant of the fact that they’ve got the
same problem happening again. CNBC reached out to Dole, Fresh Del Monte, and Chiquita for comment. A Fresh Del Montespokesperson wrote that: A Dole spokesperson wrote: Chiquita declinedto comment. Breeding a Panama resistant Cavendish, traditionally or by genetic modification, is likely
the best hope for the banana’s future. But each has their drawbacks. Traditional cross-breeding of Cavendish bananas is difficult because of their tiny seeds. People have been selecting bananas for thousands and thousands of years based on seedlessness. No one particularly wants seeds in their bananas. And now we have some residual fertility in it, but it’s very difficult to produce seeds in bananas. Genetically modifying bananas has proven more successful. In 2015, Australian
researcher James Dale engineered a Panama-resistant Cavendish banana. We’ve taken a resistance gene from a wild banana that occurs in Southeast Asia and
is naturally resistant to Tropical Race 4. We’ve moved that gene into Cavendish. That’s how we’ve generated resistance. But any genetically-modified banana
will face strong resistance from anti-GMO groups
in both the U.S. and the EU. But the Cavendish is more important, both for global economies and food security, than
the Gros Michel ever was. In 2013, the World Banana Forum under the United Nations created a task force specifically to combat Panama disease. And demand continues to rise. From 2017 to 2018, global imports of bananas increased by 2 percent to over 40.3 billion pounds, a record level. Over a quarter of that went to the U.S. But if Panama disease takes
hold in Latin America, it will decimate the industry. Cavendish could no longer grow in the quantities needed to satisfy the world’s, and especially the U.S.’s, love of bananas. It may already be there and
we’re just not aware of it. But once it’s there, it’s kind of a ‘horse is out of the barn’ type thing.

Comments (100)

  1. Are you worried that bananas will go extinct?

  2. yet china is evil.
    in the words of scarface " you call me the bad guy, what that make you, good?"
    fall of the west possibly best thing that could happen to many poorer nations.

  3. noo mah bananas!

  4. "Historians say; It was more of a convenient excuse than a legitimate threat." Repeat for Venezuela.

  5. Really interesting and well-organized video.

  6. Who here heard El Puto?

  7. Even in Costa Rica, banana companies are infamous for the terrible conditions the gave to workers and the corruption they brought, even today, with a much more solid state, they are not great. By the way, the term "Banana Republic" is a very offensive term, think of it as an N-word of sorts.

  8. I was listening to this while cleaning my room and heard “EL PUTO” not el pulpo lmao 🤣

  9. there are other species of banana anyways. no biggie

  10. cnbc fake news garbage.

  11. banana Republic…

  12. There are so many banana types in Malaysia i am from Malaysia

  13. Inflating the price of banana incoming.

  14. There go the hippies with their anti GMO nonsense…

  15. Oh so the US gave Colombia a dose a freedom for their own foreign interest? this doesn't sound like the selfless world police US we all know………

  16. Honestly this is one of the many problems with living this modern lifestyle.
    People in living in Europe and the United States wanting to eat tropical fruits.
    So as a result of everyone wanting to grow the same bananas all over the world to supply the demands of a few countries that can not grow it locally.
    Basically a disease breaks out killing the very type of bananas that are in demand.
    Not no mention if you believe in global warming / climate change all of the carbon and other resources that are used to supply you with banana.
    Honestly people just need to eat what can be grown locally in their region of the world. Do not like what is available think about living somewhere else where you can get it.

    Honestly the future is going to be very different than today no matter what and it will probably be in that people will just not be having all of the goods that were once available.
    Bananas is very likely to be one of the goods.

    Honestly the only real way to save the bananas is going to be GMO. I am not against GMO. The only reason that GMO are need or even exist is to supply unnatural demand for limited few varieties of produce to being with which is the product of modern consumer demands of wanting everything to be the same.

    Bananas have Panama Disease
    Citrus have Greening Disease
    I am sure there are others out there.

    Allot of people do not understand that. GMOs are going to be needed if you are going to want certain foods. Otherwise you are just going to have to live without the produce in your life.

    The future is either GMO produce or just not having certain produce. The choice is in the hands of the consumers.

    PS I grow bananas in my back yard and have different kinds. I have studied about edible plants as a hobby.

  17. Transport economies always mean slavery and murder, so i'll eat only my own thanks.

  18. Great VID !!! MORE PLZ

  19. i should really think twice before buying chiquita anything ever again. even dole….

  20. Machine Gunning 3000 civilians , " Name of Freedom " or Just " Greed " then and now Nothing Change from American Imperialism .

  21. bananas are actually highly genetically modified. GMO. food for thought. what you buy at the store is not how a banana looked 100 years ago. fruits in general are full of sugar. sugar is shown to be the causes of many cancers in the latest research. you can actually gain weight eating bananas and other fruits. these companies are just lying their asses off to consumers about the health benefits of their products. fruits should only be consumed in small amounts

  22. WOW – heard about the infamous US banana companies running rampant in Costa Rica – didn't know about the Colombia massacre ! JUST MORE PROOF of the "Evil Empire" treating Latin America as its "backyard". PLEASE read "Secret History of the American Empire" by Perkins (Amazon.com). As a "corporate hitman / jackal", he participated in bribing, blackmailing, and otherwise coercing 3rd World leaders into "dancing to Uncle Sam's tune". If they refused, the US military was sent in as "Mafia enforcers", to bring REGIME CHANGE to the country. SOUND FAMILIAR ???

  23. Cool video. Thanks

  24. In Indonesia we prefer our native Bananas instead of that filthy genes Cavendish GMO, why so? because we prefer the smaller variance for fried Banana snacks and the wild variance one with seedlings for Banana Chips… Cavendish costs about S$0.60 per pcs… Which is expensive for the mainstream Indonesian… Please do not export your filthy genes in our market…

  25. Change the hair style, lose some weight and remove those disgusting nails.

  26. CiA is responsible for this Panama disease.

  27. Soon there will be too many people and not enough bananas or they aren't growing fast enough to supply the demand

  28. mass extinction on the way. nature must balance the ever-growing bannana population

  29. 0:20 "specifically we like this banana : the cavendish" lol no that's the least good of all bananas but it's the only available since it's the only one produced on an industrial level, wrong premice i'm afraid

  30. This video missed the wild episode in Chiquita history when it was bought by Cincinnati insurance and gas station magnate Carl Lindner, Jr., and moved around 1987 from New York to a midwestern city with a small-time local media. Except in 1998 the Cincinnati Enquirer hacked its internal voicemail system and uncovered all sorts of illegal stuff going on. Uncle Carl and his army of lawyers attacked The Enquirer and forced it to retract that stories, pay it $10 million, and sign an agreement to never write an investigative piece on another Lindner-owned business. http://dlib.nyu.edu/undercover/chiquita-banana-expose-cincinnati-enquirer

  31. Minions left the chat

  32. I don’t mind, never did like this variety much anyways.
    I prefer the smaller and much sweeter one

  33. You should have covered also the political and social mess the united fruit company and another big companies did in central america specially

  34. yes because there all one dna .bannas have been attacked before .
    this means one disesse can effect then all

  35. I did'nt know there was so much blood in our bananas.

  36. Well we are lucky, we have 100s of banana varieties in Kerala.

  37. so we'll have to settle for another of the 1000's of banana varieties…

  38. Just use CRISPR-CAS9 to create immunity to the disease and fungus.

  39. So before oil, there is banana. America always finds way to wage wars.

  40. USA murdered 3000 people's for bananas myself never believed USA did war for oil but now I am believing

  41. Banana sounds like such a silly word

  42. I'm eating a banana right now

  43. wait u call it panama disease but it hasn't reacht latin america i thought panama is in latin america

  44. That colonialist apparatus that lead to genocide and generations of civil war in Guatemala and elsewhere is still firmly in place today. And people wonder why there are caravans.

  45. i really dont understand the fear of GMO if we have the knowledge we can improve these plants to fit our every need, it seems like a the perfect solution.
    i also scuff at people who only want food made in thier own country :/

  46. You forgot to mention operation PBSUCCESS, a coup d'etat carried out by CIA, authorized by U.S President Eisenhower, to overthrow the democratically elected President of Guatemala and installed a dictatorship, just because Guatemalan wanted to take back its own banana land 🙂 and "Communism" is nothing but a label that U.S government uses so that its terrorism seems somewhat righteous.

  47. What is the song playing during the history portion? 😀

  48. I'd be interested to see what a Gros Michel taste like.

  49. So basically the US is largely responsible for supressing the rights of latin americans and thus largely responsible for the migrant crisis.

  50. This is just propaganda to increase banana prices.

  51. I don't think Cavendish bananas are that good….it's flavorless compared to Asian types

  52. PRETTY GOOD PROPAGANDA IN ORDER TO JACK UP THE PRICES. DO YOU REALLY THINK WE ARE THAT NAIVE? I BET IT'S GONNA GO FROM 45 CENTS PER POUND TO 2.00 . I WON'T BUY BANANAS AT .55. IT'S JUST A BANANA

  53. Amazon is the modern United Food.

  54. You forgot to mention the part where researchers in Honduras over the past 30 years have bred a variety of banana with a taste similar to the superior Gros Michel but resistant to all known forms of Panama disease, without the use of genetic splicing (GMO). It's called the Goldfinger.

  55. Give me a break. Not hearing from an America 'expert'.

  56. The US causing conflicts and trying to politically influence other countries? No, never. cough oil cough

  57. US is a criminal enterprise of white businessmen.

  58. 2:54 did she just called Papua a "tiny" island??? Wth

  59. Ah, the greedy capitalist monster that is the US. Such a horrible national history any way you look at it. SMH

  60. Before you eat a banana, always remember the number one rule:

    1. Never make eye contact while eating a banana

  61. How bout gmo bananas and I know people would say gmo is bad but gmo saved the Hawaiian papaya

  62. In Argentina we get all sorts of bananas. We have red bananas that are tiny, and yellow normal ones, and then a smaller version and a tiny version.

  63. Nothing has changed . Banana, drugs, opium, oil, sugar, banking … wars declared on behalf of the cooperate interest.

  64. It's all their fault …they took all the seeds out of everything….WE ARE SCREWED!

  65. This is the kond of nideo my tax sdkollars are pauing for

  66. same thing that happened with bananas is happening today with oil, look at the USA backing an evil monarchy in the middle east, trying it best to get in a fight with Iran and Venezuela, those are real humans suffering at this moment and it looks like things could go worst for them in the future while people in the usa don't even know all the wars the usa have been involve in the last 5 years direly or indirectly… and the media love backing those wars and don't say anything about it or try to prevent or get out of those wars…

  67. do american fried their banana?

  68. If you've ever been to Southeast Asia, you know there are FAR more interesting and tastier varieties of banana, which make the Cavendish seem boring in comparison.

  69. Am eating banana while watching this…..

  70. Fascinating. If the cavendish succumbs then maybe we can grow an appreciation for the plantain. When ripe you can fry those bad boys up and they’re damn delicious. Maduro. I’ve never once had a banana and went “ahh this is just so damn delicious”. Bananas are typically a let down like continental breakfast in which it happens to be a prominent feature of.
    Don’t even get me going on plantain chips. Amazing.

  71. Funny thing is the same claim that was used back then that those who would protect the people from the companies as communists is still being used today for the same purpose. What I hear is if you are not for our wealth and control, you are a communist. And this is why the problems exist in all of these countries today.

  72. Huh!! The competition.

  73. Hahahaha Good Stuff

  74. good riddance, I feel sorry for those who lost jobs but as they weren't paid well and forced to work… I don't like these bananas anyways. you can get plenty of potassium and lots less sugar from other produce

  75. "By the way it's lookin DWIGHT, I'd say he's a dirty,"
    "oh god"
    "collectivising,"
    "no!"
    "commie."
    "COMMIEEEE COMMIEEE"
    "Yeah go get em dwight!"
    "WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

  76. Cavendish banana has quite dull taste when compared to other banana varieties grown in Asia, but it is not as fragile as others and is bigger in size. That's one of the reasons GM food is so popular in America, cause so long as it is good looking despite lacking taste or perhaps nutrients as well, it will sell.

  77. So that decease is kinda like Bitcoin…Once it's on the wild nothing can stop it 😉

  78. Here's a video of a dumpster full of bananas… https://youtu.be/wdjZ50Ay1ZY?t=51 these videos pop up weekly of freegans finding food that could have been donated….

  79. gmo and phage therapy can solve this mess easily

  80. IM 100% THE USA CREATED THIS DISEASE…..

  81. They go great with peanut butter. My kids love em and eat ALOT of them, but they aren't our fav, apples and berries are which are more healthy anyways.

  82. BTW IF you think Adam and Eve ate an actual fruit like apple/banana then you will not be able to understand the Bible at all, that is just false doctrine taken out of context by idiots and parroted by the ignorant that don't do their own study work.

  83. avocados have about 10x more potassium than banananana

  84. Colombia announced TR4 has arrived in Latin America and announced a national emergency

  85. As of August 2019 TR4 has finally reached the Latin Americas. Now it’s just a matter of time before the cavendish joins the gros michel. Once again the U.S proves how really corrupt and evil it really is

  86. If the bananas were seeded and not injected with GMO that wouldn’t be a problem

  87. Absolutely love these informative mini-documentary type videos. Please continue making them.

  88. The white man will do anything for money

  89. #Awesome story. As usual sick greedy American company for the United States of America Empire.

  90. Noooooo!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭

  91. i know it may be tragic for all the lazy people. but plantains are better. and lets face it. my neighbor has a fantastic ass but she is not single…

  92. This plague has already arrived in Colombia.

  93. Yes, we have no ban-an-as

    Good job cnbc – more vice-style reports

  94. After the chaos they created with the killing, rapes, overthrown democracies in central america sometimes i can't even look at a banana…

  95. THE BANANA COMPANIES MADE THIS VIDEO,TO GET US TO BUY MORE BANANAS!! 🤔

  96. my bananas are turning brown before ripening, i have green and brown bananas, what changed this year in how they are managed in the USA? 3 different grocers same result, CNBC can you answer this?

Comment here