The New York Post: Bananas as you know them may be slipping toward extinction

Bananas as we know them could become extinct due to numerous factors like climate change, insect infestations, poor soil quality and plant pathogens.

The most popular banana subgroup, the Cavendish banana, is in danger and its demise could change our diets forever.

Nicolas Roux, a scientist at Bioversity International in France and leader of the organization’s banana-genetics resources, told Live Science: “For Western countries, the vast majority of the bananas we eat are from the same Cavendish subgroup.”

There are actually thousands of different types of banana in the world, but they can be dramatically different from the popular Cavendish variety, including bananas with red skins or crunchy seeds.

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