- Publish Date
- Monday, 25 January 2016, 6:52PM
Better get your fill of bananas while you can, because the entire global supply is under threat from a fungus epidemic which could mean you never have a banana in your smoothie ever again.
This warning has been around for a while, but has now demanded more focus because the epidemic is still spreading.
Around 10,000 hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed because of the Panama Fungus, which has hit the Philippines hard.
It’s so dire because almost all the bananas exported around the world are just one type, the Cavendish Banana.
So we don’t actually have any other bananas to fall back on.
Dr Gert Kema told the BBC: ‘This does not mean that next week there will be no bananas in supermarkets in the UK.
‘This is going to take some time but that time is extremely pressing; we have nothing to replace the Cavendish right now.’
Now our only options are to try and contain the fungus or grow a new genetic banana which is resistant to the disease.
Although there are a few bananas around aside from the Cavendish, they are typically eaten locally and not exported to customers as they don't tend to be up consumers standards.
Professor Adam Hart told the BBC: ‘The world would carry on if we lost bananas but it would be devastating for those who rely on it economically and very sad for those of us who enjoy eating them.’
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