Thursday, February 16, 2012

what I thought about "banana: the fate of the fruit that changed the world"

This book didn't hold my attention as well as I hoped it would. But I did learn some cool things from it, like what "banana republic" really means, and why bananas are so difficult (hint: they are clones). Our variety of banana is called the Cavendish, but our grandparents ate something called the Gros Michel. The Cavendish is dying, which is terrible for us, but unimaginably terrible for people elsewhere in the world.

According to this fellow, the real Forbidden Fruit, the one that Eve ate, was most likely a banana, not an apple. Sure, I'll buy that. Why not? Then he says something dumb, which makes me think he didn't even check his sources, because he says that mankind was not condemned to a life of struggle when Adam and Eve ate the fruit and were cast out of Eden, but later, when Cain killed Abel because God didn't like that Cain gave vegetables as a sacrifice.

Well, sir, in the KJV it says this (Genesis 3):

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.

I mean, I'm no Biblical scholar or whatnot, but "in sorrow shalt thou eat of it" and "thorns and thistles shall it bring forth" and "in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread" all sound pretty struggley to me. I bet he doesn't even read the Bible. Which is understandable, because the Bible is a trip.

Moving on. This book made me more appreciative of the banana, and is [SPOILER] the only argument I've heard in favor of genetically modified food that didn't make me want to throw things.

Hope you can get used to the Lacatan banana. See how I know the names of different kinds of bananas? It's because I read this book. You can borrow it from me if you want, but don't buy it.


beckster said...

Well, now you have gotten me interested in reading a book I would never have thought of reading! That takes talent! I, too, am disgusted by man's inhumanity to man, so maybe I should wait until I am in a better frame of mind to read this book. (Maybe after the election- ha!) I love the mayo reference. That is priceless.