Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk

  • Published on Apr 21, 2019
  • A deadly fungus is spreading from Southeast Asia and wiping out whole plantations of America's favorite fruit: the banana. The tropical fruit's popularity is thanks to a few pioneering entrepreneurs, who founded Chiquita under a different name over a century ago. Now, the business they built is at risk of decimation if the fungus reaches Latin America, the source of 97% of the U.S.' banana imports.
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    Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk

Comments • 2 655

  • CNBC
    CNBC  29 days ago +268

    Are you worried that bananas will go extinct?

    • Michael Mantion
      Michael Mantion 18 minutes ago

      The background music is PAINFUL. never add background music.

    • zen strata
      zen strata 7 days ago

      I haven't eaten a banana in years. so... no.

    • danmar007
      danmar007 9 days ago

      Jau Yun Well said!

    • Jau Yun
      Jau Yun 10 days ago

      No. I'm worried that the U.S. billionaires will send troops abroad to suppress democracy and that they will destabilize poor people for profit.

    • Adli Safiy Azhar
      Adli Safiy Azhar 13 days ago

      No in Malaysia we have a lot of banana types, cavendish will be extinct but not others... it was specifically engineered by human...plus learning from its history the company had what it deserve to get in the past...

  • Clos MasMas
    Clos MasMas Hour ago +1

    The apple banana is the best
    (If you’re from Hawai’i, you know)

  • Kelsomatic
    Kelsomatic 3 hours ago

    "That crunch right there"
    That man is sick.

  • The road to Ireland
    The road to Ireland 5 hours ago

    This is bananas.

  • C A
    C A 7 hours ago

    Meh, I would not be surprised in a few years we will find out some company came up with a banana GMO plant that is resistant to these diseases, or that these companies are encouraging and spreading this disease on purpose. Cut the supply, increase the price. Fix the problem they produce and make millions on the way.

  • Daniel Ches
    Daniel Ches 8 hours ago

    I’m watching this while listening to Hollaback Girl ...

  • boeuf3000
    boeuf3000 9 hours ago

    Maybe Aho girl is going to sober up if all the bananas are gone

  • kurt6497
    kurt6497 18 hours ago

    Given the choice I would rather bring back a GMO Gros Michel than a Cavendish.

  • Umar Farooq
    Umar Farooq 20 hours ago

    Yes! We have no ba - na - nas
    We have no ba - na - nas to - day

  • David Renwick
    David Renwick Day ago

    At 2:55 the narrator refers to Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya as "this tiny island." Approximately 1million square kms c/w Canada 10 million km2. She needs to get out more.

  • Steve Huff
    Steve Huff Day ago

    I guess I better stock up on some bananas

  • The Federal Farmer

    I like those tiny little naners with the thin skin that ripen too fast and are very sweet!

  • Freshmeat
    Freshmeat 2 days ago

    Me to girlfriend: Don't worry, my Cavendish Banana is disease free

  • Bill Sheffield
    Bill Sheffield 3 days ago

    Im from US retired and moved to philippines. Dole has lots of plantations here raising Cavendish all for export, but I can never find any here to buy because Filipinos don't like them to eat. I was raised on Cavendish so thats what I like but off all the varieties here none that taste good to me. Surrounded by something I like but I can't buy them.

    • Bill Sheffield
      Bill Sheffield 2 hours ago

      My wife could tell you, but I have no idea what there called, but there all kinda sweet for me. I had some kind that I was told were from Australia that were very small but tasted pretty good . I know the Cavendish are popular for export because they keep well while in transport but when that's all a person ever ate there whole life that's what the end up liking to eat, just never see them for sale here though.

    • Miguel
      Miguel 4 hours ago

      Cavendish is considered bland than the lacatan, latondan, saba, señorita, morado variety in The Philippines. It just superficially looks good hence being exported.
      What varieties have you tried in The Philippines?

  • Bruce V
    Bruce V 3 days ago

    i never eat bananas in the US, but when I went to India, I would eat one every day. It tasted different.... i think sweeter and softer.

  • Big Pump
    Big Pump 3 days ago


  • Amin R
    Amin R 4 days ago

    Amazon can buy all these banana businesses!

  • mariobeans
    mariobeans 4 days ago

    * cronch *

  • TheSantaslilhelper
    TheSantaslilhelper 5 days ago

    EU is not a country.

  • Frank christ
    Frank christ 5 days ago

    I H8 bananas and plantains this video stinks.

  • Fire Power701
    Fire Power701 6 days ago +1

    I guess you can say the situation is going Bananas

    I'll see myself out now

  • Jamal Baker
    Jamal Baker 6 days ago

    We will just develop another strain of banana that is resistant to the fungus. Democrats love to fear monger.

  • brandon miner
    brandon miner 6 days ago

    Why i'm deep diving bananas is beyond me. But i'm fascinated

  • Ras
    Ras 6 days ago

    I hope humanity one day brings the extinct type of banana, trough cloning, genetics or something.

  • Ras
    Ras 6 days ago +1

    And now we say: "a Banana Republic", for such manipulated countries.


    I think yes...

    • Ras
      Ras 5 days ago

      +Zeales Yeah, you're right. I just checked.


    • Zeales
      Zeales 5 days ago

      Sorry but not a coincidence. This is literally the origin of the saying ' A Banana Republic'.

  • Traktakaffe
    Traktakaffe 6 days ago

    people are dying of hunger in the world - you want me to care if bananas go away? - well, i dont, at all - luxury is blinding, i can see that

  • scottwillzrey
    scottwillzrey 6 days ago

    The video is such a "Vox style" video that i had to double check the channel

  • Caramelo
    Caramelo 6 days ago

    This is why I don't buy Dole or Chiquita bananas but only organic fair trade bananas. It feels good and tastes better!

  • Marc Engilbert Geonzon
    Marc Engilbert Geonzon 6 days ago +2

    Cavendish Bananas has no match against Lakatan Philippine Bananas.

  • rob379
    rob379 7 days ago

    Yes, we have no bananas 🍌... thexvid.com/video/PDd8shcLvHI/video.html

  • rob379
    rob379 7 days ago

    No real concern here...

  • John Cray
    John Cray 7 days ago

    my monkeys get angry when i don,t have bananas

  • Matthew Ronson
    Matthew Ronson 7 days ago

    Just because the accusation of Communist insurgents was abused does not mean one can dismiss that it was also a reality. These alleged academics use logical fallacies and opinion as if they are facts, as opposed to how a truly dedicated Academic would phrase things much more precisely, which should be a habit for such 'scholars' to do clearly and succinctly.

    This is not to be mistaken as a defense of such Fascist actions, otherwise known as Corporatism or Crony Capitalism to describe a gov't and corporate intertwining as Mussolini described it.

  • Mat
    Mat 7 days ago

    yet no one knows how to peel a banana properly

    • Mat
      Mat 7 days ago +1

      +Spice Master II everyone opens bananas upside down, youre really supposed to open from the part that doesnt have the "stem"

    • Spice Master II
      Spice Master II 7 days ago

      I'm curious. What's the proper way? If you can manage to eat the inside and not the skin, seems ok to me.

  • Aonoymous Andy
    Aonoymous Andy 7 days ago

    I'm going to start hoarding bananas and freeze them in liquid nitrogen in an underground vault

  • Julia Kaya Queen
    Julia Kaya Queen 7 days ago +2

    I've watched a 22 minute video about bananas and I'm allergic to bananas...

  • Az4212 knowledge thirsty

    people who are against preserving a species just because itts gmo are seriously stupid

  • Raian Pia
    Raian Pia 7 days ago

    I dont like that type of banana

  • Preoximerias
    Preoximerias 7 days ago

    Death to the banana! A weird looking yellow abomination that tastes like garbage.

  • Fatih
    Fatih 7 days ago

    Down with Dole and Chiquita.

  • George Dömse
    George Dömse 7 days ago

    55 cents for a pound?! Damn, in Hungary they cost three times as much. Well, I guess then, if it comes to a shortage, the least paying country will get the least... sorry American folks! :)

    TEPPOSH 7 days ago

    Actually, there are a lot of banana variety in the world. But cavendish are arguably having the best look and colour. But not the taste. There are lot of other variety with a better taste

  • AndreaVerdiCR
    AndreaVerdiCR 7 days ago +1

    Why do you people eat green bananas? (yes those are still green)

  • Christopher Szabo
    Christopher Szabo 7 days ago

    Good! The US gave Guatemala Jorge Ubico, a brutal dictator. Screw American Imperialism.

  • Andrew Dupuis
    Andrew Dupuis 7 days ago

    I love Banana

  • North Eastern Roberts

    Workers should strike
    It's sad they pay employees scrap

  • eugkra33
    eugkra33 8 days ago

    There is always money in the banana stand!

  • Gold24k
    Gold24k 8 days ago

    It only needs a chinese man ;)

  • Candy
    Candy 8 days ago

    What about “Effective Microorganisms” ? From what I’ve read it can eventually overcomes even the man made poisons they’ve put into the soil to grow things. If what I’ve read is true, it might even help Flint Michigan with their poisoned water issue? Here’s hoping!

  • 易靜風
    易靜風 8 days ago

    WAIT this isn't a vox video?!??!

  • Jeremy Why
    Jeremy Why 8 days ago

    WOW! Amazing History Lesson!
    The only thing left out was how the clothing company "Banana Republic" fits into the equation. LOL

  • Adam Baker
    Adam Baker 8 days ago

    reason why cavendish is vunerable is because currently all commercially grown Cavendish are effectively clones

  • Cjkturtle
    Cjkturtle 9 days ago

    Who else is watching while eating a banana?

  • proddxl
    proddxl 9 days ago


  • Sweet Love 143
    Sweet Love 143 9 days ago

    In the Philippines as a tropical country, there are dozens types of bananas.There's plenty of it here.

  • silvergreylion
    silvergreylion 9 days ago

    Plants becoming susceptible to a disease is usually due to a mineral deficiency in the soil - has this not been looked into?

  • chiyerano
    chiyerano 9 days ago

    If they are going to be GMOing bananas, then I guess I will stop eating bananas. Thank goodness there are plenty of other foods I can eat that aren't being GMOd.

  • Pedro Carcamo
    Pedro Carcamo 9 days ago

    we are all going into keto, so bye bye! jk

  • Jacob
    Jacob 9 days ago +8


  • Venkatram Akkineni
    Venkatram Akkineni 9 days ago

    PLA pledges its allegiance to CCP. US Army, Air Force, Navy & Marines pledge their allegiance to American oligarchs. Both populations are deluded enough to believe their respective armed forces are saviors of human race and fight to keep peace & save innocent lives.

  • Aria Carmela
    Aria Carmela 9 days ago

    Bananas are about the only thing people won't boycott.

  • fancy O
    fancy O 9 days ago +2

    Please make a documentary about Oranges, i love them too and also make one about Broccoli I love me some broccoli too.

  • mon monmon
    mon monmon 9 days ago

    The scientific name was written wrong

  • Hello Friend
    Hello Friend 10 days ago +1

    I'm not concerned at all. Looks like it's time for crispr to step up to the plate.

  • Sweet V.
    Sweet V. 10 days ago

    Bananas are disgusting... Only banana shake is good

  • Sweet V.
    Sweet V. 10 days ago

    I fruits. They keep putting poop on it and make n me sick

  • 3rdCoast Chris
    3rdCoast Chris 10 days ago

    United fruit radicalized Ernesto "Che" Guevara

  • Funnymuffler TV
    Funnymuffler TV 10 days ago

    i actually have bought and ate gros michel bananas from the internet. they are delicious.

  • Mars 3099
    Mars 3099 10 days ago +1

    I feel like there is some sort of greater meaning to the fact that something as seeming small asa banana could have to power to overthrow governments
    But for the life of me i cant see much morr than sadness out of it

  • badtz maru
    badtz maru 10 days ago

    Assuming all bananas aren't wiped out (assuming any mass wipeout does happen) likely the same thing that happened before will happen again. The current 'banana' is popular banana #2, the previous favorite banana was wiped out in the 50's or 60's, I forget which.

  • Edward Stagner
    Edward Stagner 10 days ago

    I think when we tolerate corruption in the government it ruins the place anyplace and it’s very difficult to stamp out.And when the government promises to help you could bet that that’s not gonna happen ! or it’s cost triple and the problem is not fixed.Global warming comes to mind.

  • Faux Manchu
    Faux Manchu 10 days ago

    Cavendish is tasteless.

  • saqibq
    saqibq 11 days ago

    This seemed like a Vox.com video!

  • Olai Dreisbach
    Olai Dreisbach 11 days ago

    banana airines remake of yes we have no bananas is gold

  • Old Wisdom
    Old Wisdom 11 days ago

    If your a diabetic, bananas are a banned fruit. The grain lobby and the medical industry have been pushing grains on us all our lives. See the food pyramid. Now most of America is diabetic. In WW2 the Japanese would feed their prisoners a diet high in starch (rice)with very little veg or protein. This would dumb down the prisoners making it harder for them to plan an escape but leave them able to do manual labor. Enjoy those fries and that white bun wrapped around adulterated meat and processed fat. Four walls do not a prison make, we are all imprisoned within our minds.

  • tlali
    tlali 12 days ago

    Excuse me while I go eat my bananas before they overripen or turn completely black.

  • Roman Bukins
    Roman Bukins 12 days ago

    I know this might sound unpleasant to some people but...

    This might be Monsanto's chance for redemption.

  • wellwisher 7
    wellwisher 7 12 days ago +2

    I really like Bananas,, but After learning what Dole did to early Hawaii, I don't and won't support that Business!!!!!!

  • daBreakdown 1
    daBreakdown 1 12 days ago

    When younger thought everyone was out to get the USA through history we find out the USA is the world's Bully and most Americans act like they are the victim . Then they use the word communist to hide there true intentions. Notice the white man throws those words around on labor unions black ppl that didn't vote for 45 our communist president .Really

  • Peacetoeveryone
    Peacetoeveryone 12 days ago

    This is the result of some peoples greed and trying to push genetically modified plants... most of big companies wants to alter the natural way . SOME DISEASES comes from the laboratory who wants to control the market, wants fast money and manipulate the market....
    IT WILL come to a point later on that only a few will produce because of manipulation in the market..

  • Joy Payne
    Joy Payne 12 days ago

    I love bananas and banana bread yummy

  • Right Wing Environmentalist

    So what you are saying is, they'll raise prices steadily because of banana going extinct and when they actually do go extinct they'll slip in the new panama disease resistant bananas and keep the prices high.

  • MyHotdogWeiner
    MyHotdogWeiner 13 days ago

    All the bananas are gonna DIE !?!?!!

  • Ash Free
    Ash Free 13 days ago

    Dole? I do not eat their produce after watching this documentary film that have been banned in US: thexvid.com/video/pqrX4BhtDHg/video.html

  • TrojaSucks
    TrojaSucks 13 days ago +5

    Did you just call New Guinea a "tiny island"???
    It's literally the second largest island in the world after Greenland...

    • Thom Ervin
      Thom Ervin 7 days ago

      +tay h But, Muh America-sucks.

    • tay h
      tay h 11 days ago +1

      In America if you ain't first you're last

  • ibz nabith
    ibz nabith 13 days ago

    usa the united terrorists :o

  • ArcDemon06660
    ArcDemon06660 13 days ago

    Eve really wanted that banana *wink wink*

  • nail affaneh
    nail affaneh 13 days ago

    Wow I will never eat Chiquita products now

  • Rafaela Scheiwiller
    Rafaela Scheiwiller 13 days ago +1

    Why dont people buy mostly local fruit? I live in switzerland (its snowy and rainy). I know people love bananas, but apples, pears are just as good. Also frozen berries are a great option in colder months. I started cooking way more seasonally and i dont really miss anything. I dont need everything available all the time

  • Ink Wolf
    Ink Wolf 14 days ago

    If the disease for bananas can travle on your shoes, wear different shoes on the banana farm.

  • MARS
    MARS 14 days ago


  • Kevin Barrett
    Kevin Barrett 14 days ago

    Nobody cleans shipping equipment. The women in WW2 loved working on banana boats.

  • T OB
    T OB 14 days ago

    It's not real statistics when they say we eat more bananas than anyone else... I would say that we purchase more bananas than anyone else... in every household including mine half of the bananas turn black in the fruit bowl and are thrown away. Any grocery store will tell you they throw more bananas away than any other perishable food in the store. Produce companies do the same thing. No one really wants to buy green bananas and once they start to ripen it all goes very quickly . Why can't a banana last as long as an apple or an orange?.. laughing out loud so much

  • M S
    M S 15 days ago

    We need God to intervene...

  • N
    N 15 days ago


  • WanderLust
    WanderLust 15 days ago

    Well I suppose no I am not worried - we were just told there is already a GMO alternative that is identical + resistant. No problem!

  • MegaGideo
    MegaGideo 16 days ago +1

    Always fun to see how the American Empire victimized others for our benefit. :( Maybe the banana industry should be allowed to die, seems like poetic justices after all the deaths to keep it alive.

  • Teash Drinks
    Teash Drinks 16 days ago

    If they went extinct in Asia then they must have destroyed all plants in that area of the world so perhaps it won’t spread because there aren’t as many infected plants as before, I read a long time ago that Plantains would be the next best replacement for the Cavendish banana

  • Lina Umpierre
    Lina Umpierre 16 days ago

    What about Puerto Rico, another banana and plantain export?

  • Stephanie Bailey
    Stephanie Bailey 16 days ago +1

    Knowing this story, and that people were murdered when they protested bad work conditions, I hope the banana industry does fail due to disease. I won't be buying any more bananas.