Rumors of the bananas' death have been greatly exaggerated?
Found this today thanks to the wonder of Google News:
Banana Shortage? Nothing to Worry About (Medicine Hat News)
This of course misunderstands (or maybe just ignores) the biggest threat posed by banana diseases. Pesticides and cultural practices can probably preserve banana production for those of us in developed countries, where a few cents difference in price doesn't even register. But bananas are also a staple crop for millions of people, many of whom are already in a very precarious position. Even a slight decrease in yield could mean going hungry, or it could also mean the elimination of the what little surplus they had to barter or sell to buy other supplies, pay for schooling or medicine, etc.
(Sorry I haven't been around--just been distracted.)