Is this banana mania?

o the Forum:Before we bring in the eradicators at great expense to the

taxpayers and inconvenience to backyard gardeners, we should first examine our


As I have read, the banana industry here on Kaua’i grosses $30,000 a

year. Not exactly a big deal! It has also been said the banana virus is also

carried by heliconias. The cut flower industry in Hawai’i is a big deal. Is it

logical to eradicate the banana while the heliconias just hold the virus until

we replant the banana, only to pop out again? How many times will we attempt to

eliminate this disease before choosing the alternative?


resistant strains of banana would seem to be a better use of our time and


Luther Burbank showed us what could be done with plants a long

time ago. It’s too bad we have evolved to an eradication era rather that

letting nature take its course and the keen eye picking out the resistant

strain which would lead to an eradication free future.





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