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While the popularity of the Cavendish banana that you buy at the grocery store is on the rise, there is a disease that is threatening its extinction.


  1. Why might the most popular bananas go extinct?
  2. Which country economies depend on the banana?
  3. What percentage of bananas exported to supermarkets around the world are of the Cavendish variety?
  • Source:
  • Kambhamkathy, A.P. (2021) What We Can Learn From the Near-Death of the Banana. Time, Nov. 18, 2019 (Retrievable online at