The banana can teach you about the precarious state of today’s food supply.
The modern food industry has nearly perfected agriculture: Most fruits are available all year round; staple foods look the same and taste the same wherever you go; and crop yields are so high that fewer and fewer people go hungry every year. But what made modern agriculture so successful may also be the cause of its own destruction, says Rob Dunn, a professor of applied ecology who has written a book on the future of the world’s food supply. In this excerpt from his book, Dunn uses the banana as a case study to demonstrate that today’s staple food crops are only one pest away from being wiped out. getAbstract recommends this eye-opening information to all consumers.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why all bananas you can buy in stores look and taste the same,
- Why monoculture plants are ticking time bombs, and
- Why preserving biodiversity will keep humanity from starvation.
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