By Dan Koeppel
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In the vein of the bestselling Salt and Cod, a gripping chronicle of the parable, secret, and unsure destiny of the world’s preferred fruit
during this interesting and wonderful exploration of the banana’s historical past, cultural value, and endangered destiny, award-winning journalist Dan Koeppel provides readers lots of nutrition for concept. fast paced and hugely wonderful, Banana takes us from jungle to grocery store, from company boardrooms to kitchen tables worldwide. we start within the backyard of Eden—examining scholars’ trust that Eve’s “apple” was once truly a banana— and go back and forth to early-twentieth-century important the United States, the place aptly named “banana republics” rose and fell over the crop, whereas the firms referred to now as Chiquita and Dole conquered the industry. Koeppel then chronicles the banana’s route to the current, ultimately—and so much alarmingly—taking us to banana plantations around the globe which are being destroyed through a fast-moving blight, without remedy in sight—and to the high-tech labs the place new bananas are actually being inbuilt try out tubes, in a race to avoid wasting the world’s such a lot liked fruit.
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Extra resources for Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Somewhere between these positions, between notes and the novel, we historians may ﬁnd a way to tell our readers a story, and at the same time, perhaps by thinking with Peiresc, show them how stories about the past are made. 71 But in Peiresc’s life and work these elements are so intermingled, the details of communication so central to the correspondence, and the intellectual projects so dependent on the realities of maritime practice that exploring Peiresc’s Mediterranean can also offer a way of experimenting in a different kind of cultural history.
34 And as late as 1635, when trying to win de Thou’s support for a plan that emerged from discussions between Peiresc and the Marseille-based jeweler Benoit Pelissier about setting up an entrepôt at Mocha on the Red Sea (see Section 35, “Where Mediterranean Meets Orient”), it was de Brèves’s name that Peiresc invoked. It would be difficult, Peiresc wrote, to ﬁ nd someone better equipped for a project of this sort than Pelissier. Whatever start-up costs were involved could be covered by the king or the younger M.
When de Brèves returned to France in 1614, he took with him the idea of sponsoring translations from oriental languages, only now, in a secular setting, substituting the language of contemporary empire, Persian, for the language of early Christianity, Syriac. The printing operation, in turn, was to be located at the center of an entire institute for advanced oriental studies. 12 De Brèves stood at the crossroads of many policy axes— trade, negotiation, crusade, and protection of Christian holy places.
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel