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Do We Need a GMO Banana?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) has announced the development of a new, 100% organic, disease-resistant banana that’s non-GMO
  • The banana, Pointe d’Or, is naturally resistant to black Sigatoka, a leaf-spot disease caused by the fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis
  • There are now 35 hectares (86.5 acres) of Pointe d’Or bananas being grown in Guadeloupe and Martinique, and between 1,000 and 1,200 tons are expected to be produced in 2020
  • With the introduction of Pointe d’Or, it’s now been shown that disease-resistant bananas can be created without the use of genetic engineering and even without the need for fungal treatments
  • Greater genetic diversity in commercial bananas is necessary to reduce the burden of disease; most commercial bananas are the Cavendish variety, but hundreds of others are available

Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruits, with 114 million tons produced globally in 2017. While there are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas, most commercialized bananas sold in U.S. and European grocery stores are the Cavendish type. This variety accounts for about 47% of global banana production.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Cavendish bananas are more resilient to the effects of global travel, making them popular for international trade. Further, they achieve high yields per hectare and are less prone to damage from storms due to their short stems. Cavendish plants are also valued for their ability to recover quickly from natural disasters.


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