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Yes, We Have No Bananas!

September 7, 2019
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Dennis Ambler

 

 

Today’s scare story is about bananas:

 

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http://www.climateaction.org/news/climate-change-could-cause-significant-decline-in-banana-production

 

A case of deja vu maybe? According to the “experts”, bananas should be a thing of the past by now:

2008

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0103-90162008000700008

Worldwide geographical distribution of Black Sigatoka for banana: predictions based on climate change models

2009

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8225588.stm

Banana diseases hit African crops

2010

https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/82177558.pdf

Ecological zoning of soybean rust, coffee rust and banana black sigatoka based on Brazilian climate changes

2011

https://ccafs.cgiar.org/blog/bananas-will-face-climate-stress#.XXDcRXt7ns0

2012

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267153187_Climate_Change_Impacts_on_Banana_Production_in_the_Davao_Region_of_the_Philippines

2013

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/12/18/climate-craziness-of-the-week-yes-we-have-no-bananas-thanks-to-climate-change/

We hear that there is looming banana crisis in Costa Rica—the world’s 2nd leading exporter of the fruit—as this year’s crop is being threatened by an infestation of mealybugs, scale insects, and fungal infection. Petulance, plagues, disease? It must be climate change, of course!

2014

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Media-Centre/Blog/2014/April/The-reality-behind-bananageddon

This week scientists will warn that the world’s banana crop is facing disaster.

2015

https://www.bioversityinternational.org/news/detail/bananas-and-climate-change-what-is-going-to-happen-to-one-of-the-worlds-favourite-fruits/

Farmers who grow banana as a secondary crop, may abandon banana when climate change makes coffee cultivation less viable.

2016 Suitability Analysis and Projected Climate Change Impact on Banana and Coffee Production Zones in Nepal

2017

https://www.popsci.com/worlds-bananas-under-attack-disease/

If temperatures rise, bananas should still thrive. But as extreme events like storms and droughts become more intense, individual plantations will likely get clobbered, Staver says. And warmer temperatures could encourage some of the pathogens that infect bananas to grow more aggressively, Tripathi explains, so disease might spread faster.

2018

https://www.delish.com/food-news/a43306/bananas-extinct-fungal-disease/

New Study Confirms That Bananas Are Going Extinct

 

 

 As ever, the facts tell a totally different story:

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 http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#compare

 

But who needs facts?

36 Comments
  1. September 7, 2019 12:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.press.

  2. Graeme No.3 permalink
    September 7, 2019 12:54 pm

    But Paul. what would Greta have for breakfast? (as per your picture)

    Unless of course she only eats carbon neutral Swedish bananas.

  3. Derek Wood permalink
    September 7, 2019 12:55 pm

    I’m tempted to say that Global banana production is going…errr…bananas!

    • September 7, 2019 1:36 pm

      A bit like fear-ridden climate alarmists then.

  4. Alan Fields permalink
    September 7, 2019 1:01 pm

    More from the University of”I don’t know what I writing about but need to publish something”!Annual weather variation massively exceeds supposed climate change

  5. September 7, 2019 1:46 pm

    For those who want to know more about banana production, I recommend this site: http://www.promusa.org/tiki-index.php

  6. Rowland P permalink
    September 7, 2019 1:47 pm

    Plenty growing on Madeira!

    • Ajax Ornis permalink
      September 7, 2019 3:30 pm

      Clearly madeira is the best growing medium for bananas. better eat more of them, then.

  7. September 7, 2019 2:54 pm

    Bananas are radioactive because they contain potassium. 0.012% of the potassium is radioactive K-40. There, I just solved the banana supply worries by showing that climate change will reduce the banana equivalent doses of radiation.

    Don’t bother me with your charts showing that production of this radioactive food is actually increasing. Or that my wandering through a couple of grocery stores yesterday didn’t show a banana shortage.

    • Jon Scott permalink
      September 8, 2019 3:23 pm

      So the chart does not fuel your belief system or what? Surely you should be pleased to know there is not a problem! What is it about the doomsday cultists?

  8. Saighdear permalink
    September 7, 2019 3:33 pm

    Hoh! all this fake news t/a utter nonsense results in much wasted consumption of Energy to Propagate, consume & regurgitate all this tripe. ………. ‘am SIKOVIT ! aye mebbe its the radioactivity wot dunnit all in the first place,

    But Heh! wait a minute – all this talk and like remoaner speke … maybe, JUST MAYBE it’s all a result of a slight infection of Mad-cow disease ? – not full-blown, — just enough to be mad….

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 7, 2019 3:45 pm

    We’re overdue the annual recycled BBC sunfish sighting/ocean warming garbage story.

    The BBC has had a text story up for at least 2 days now Greenland melting ice ‘death sentence’. Truly outrageously dishonest – but no doubt they are quoting some supposed expert so it’s OK?

    And ironically drones scaring seals.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49595781

    But the bleedin’ obvious doesn’t apply to BBC/netflix/DA documentaries, and loads of other species like errr Walruses?

    How many stories keep getting recycled about CC and various esp. luxury food crops – bananas, tea, coffee, chocolate…..

    • September 7, 2019 4:01 pm

      Wait a minute…Coffee and chocolate are not “luxury food[s].”

      • Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
        September 7, 2019 4:06 pm

        True. Chocolate is one of the major food groups.

      • rah permalink
        September 7, 2019 8:38 pm

        I could perhaps do my job as a truck driver without coffee. But I sure wouldn’t like it. We grind our beans for each pot. When I leave the house to go on a run I have two thermoses of freshly brewed coffee with me. I use no other stimulant and never have. And as for chocolate? Take away the ultimate comfort food? Unthinkable!

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      September 8, 2019 3:33 pm

      The BBC’s ‘ice death sentence’ article is still there on text for yet another 24hrs – every other article has changed – it’s almost as if they are pushing an agenda!

  10. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    September 7, 2019 4:05 pm

    Bananas are about 3/4ths water. Shipping 100 kg of bananas from Costa Rica to England, about 5,000 miles, means adding 75 kg of H2O to the Island. Think of the extra H2O in the local atmosphere as this evaporates. If this does not evaporate the Island will soon tilt from the weight.
    Plus, bananas are no longer brought via sailing ships, so the CO2 cost of importing them is high. Then there is the accumulation of radioactive potassium.
    So many problems.
    I think Brexit will fix this issue even if climate heating does not.
    And none to soon!

    Cheers, all.

    • dennisambler permalink
      September 8, 2019 4:11 pm

      “bananas are no longer brought via sailing ships”

      Greta has plans for that….

  11. September 7, 2019 5:07 pm

    The increase is probably due to the growing number of banana republics.

  12. David permalink
    September 7, 2019 5:17 pm

    If Costa Rica is an island now, perhaps sea level Has risen a tad!

  13. Shoki Kaneda permalink
    September 7, 2019 6:01 pm

    Climate activist form headline.

    Climate Change Could Cause _____________!!!
    (please complete with your favorite agenda)

    • jack broughton permalink
      September 8, 2019 5:44 pm

      Increased Tripe production. Tripe production has demonstrably rocketed due to Climate Change……..have fear!

  14. rah permalink
    September 7, 2019 6:34 pm

    Alarmists
    A constant stream of wackos making up crises and proposing disgusting or damaging “solutions” for them. All of which result in less liberty and income for those they would impose their “solutions” on. It’s an industry.

    BTW it seems that the seven hours of that CNN climate “Town Hall” lowered their viewership that was already in the gutter. At the same time it provided Trump tons of ammunition to use against which ever of those wackos he ends up running against in the general.

  15. September 7, 2019 7:27 pm

    “Yes we have no PUFFINS” is the narrative
    but BBC4 now is off Scotland and Paul M is on about a large increase in gannet population
    .. and then he mentions that part of their diet is sand eels.
    Hang on puffins eat sand eels.
    So I wonder if media have been doing cherrypicking by reporting declines in puffin and not reporting that gannets who partially eat the same food have increased ?

    • dennisambler permalink
      September 8, 2019 4:16 pm

      Plus those environmental paragons, the Danes, harvest sandeels for animal feed.

      From July last year:
      https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/puffins-starve-as-danes-grab-uk-sand-eels-srwrfgdrs
      “Puffins and other seabirds are unable to feed their young after Danish vessels stripped British waters of sand eels worth up to £80m.

      The Danes control 94% of the quota for UK sand eels and last year persuaded the EU to let them increase their annual take from 82,000 to 458,000 tons a year.

      Most of the catch, taken around Dogger Bank in the North Sea, was crushed into fishmeal for Denmark’s intensive salmon, mink and livestock farms.”

  16. Stuart Brown permalink
    September 7, 2019 8:39 pm

    2013 – ‘Petulance, plagues, disease? It must be climate change, of course!’

    Made me laugh. The refusal of the climate to do what it’s told certainly increases petulance!
    Apologies to anyone who already pointed this out in 2013.

  17. September 8, 2019 4:46 am

    ALL banana trees that produce the ‘nanas in your local grocery are grown from tissue clones, in a lab. Unless someone destroys all the labs on the planet, your “Banana in da tailpipe” fixation is safe.

  18. September 8, 2019 6:40 am

    The word “could” should be banned from all “science” papers. If I see the word “could”, I distrust the rest.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      September 8, 2019 8:15 am

      These sorts of papers should be banned from science journals altogether – simplistic models with no skill at forecasting fed one set of assumptions guaranteed to produced the required result. It’s not science in any shape or form.

  19. Graeme No.3 permalink
    September 8, 2019 6:42 am

    Paul,
    the 2008 link actually says that the spread of Black Sigatoka would be hampered by Climate Change according to various models. I notice that the report shortens the disease to BS.
    According to
    https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/crop-growing/banana-industry/pests-diseases

    which lists 15 pests (+3 not endemic) and 7 diseases (+6 not endemic) of bananas. One of the diseases listed present in Qld. is Yellow Sigatoka. Further they note “The only outbreak in an Australian commercial production area occurred in Tully, North Queensland in 2001 – the successful eradication of the disease was a world first. Reinstatement of mainland Australia’s disease-free status for black Sigatoka occurred in 2005.”

    Incidentally Sigatoka is a town in Fiji pronounced Singatoka.

  20. September 8, 2019 8:17 am

    They could also mention the deliberate overproduction of bananas to keep the prices low.
    Having many countries supplying bananas helps overcome the different growing seasons.
    But as well as the long history of slavery if workers try to strike for better wages the supply can be met by increasing production in other regions.

  21. September 8, 2019 9:15 am

    I live in Central Florida, and grow 2 varieties of banana that can withstand a bit of cold. I don’t get a crop often, but when I get them I have to give them away. If it gets warmer, I’ll be able to grow some more interesting varieties that I can’t grow now. I’d like that.

  22. Ben Vorlich permalink
    September 8, 2019 9:32 am

    As far as I know the current banana crop is virtually all a variety called Cavendish. So named because it was grown by the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth House and whose surname is Cavendish. This variety was immune to the fungus (not sure if it was a fungus) that had wiped out other varieties. A mono culture doesn’t need climate change to be wiped out by disease. Irish potatoes and French vines have suffered similar fates.

  23. It doesn't add up... permalink
    September 8, 2019 10:16 am

    Tying together bananas and Dorian, I found this

    http://www.factfish.com/statistic-country/bahamas/bananas,+production+quantity

    The Bahamas are not very important as a source of bananas (though I also discovered that much of their agriculture was on the Abacos that got the full frontal from Dorian). The downtrend in the 1990s is blamed on disease and hurricanes, and it seems likely that similar causes had depressed production previously. Plus ça change…

  24. rah permalink
    September 8, 2019 5:38 pm

    The original crème filling in Twinkies was banana. The snack was invented during the depression era and quickly became popular in the US. Then came WW II and the need to dedicate shipping for more essential war oriented items. Britain actually banned the import of bananas for five years. Once the US entered the war the government did not ban importation but did severely ration them because of scarce shipping. Thus Hostess was forced to change the standard crème in their Twinkies to what it is today.
    (Note: I used crème instead of cream because Twinkies best I can determine, apparently have no dairy products in them.)

  25. colin smith permalink
    September 11, 2019 11:38 am

    Is there a reason (or reasons) for production plateauing around 2010?
    Some of the issues reported as end of days actually being rather more modest maybe.

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