Not good news if you like bananas

Banana diseases hit African crops:
[Via BBC News | Science/Nature | World Edition]

Two banana diseases have hit crops in Africa, putting supplies of the staple food at risk, experts tell the BBC.

Crops are being damaged from Angola through to Uganda – including many areas where bananas are a staple food.

Experts are urging farmers to use pesticides or change to a resistant variety of banana where possible.

Scientists have been meeting in Tanzania to decide how to tackle the diseases, which are spread by insects.

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When things like this are spread by insects usually the only thing to do is massive amounts of pesticides. But these often only work for a while until pesticide-resistant varieties of insects develop. Hard to know just what will happen but it might be harder to find bananas in a few years.

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