Thursday, June 19, 2008


Besides being a helpful acronym for the NIMBY corollary, "Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone", a banana is a tasty, nutritious and unbelievably cheap staple of world diets. It is mindboggling that all year round, bananas are cheaper, pound for pound, than the apples native to my region, even after being shipped thousands of miles in refrigerated containers.

Banana maven Dan Koeppel writes a succinct if elegiac paean to the cheap banana, fearing that rising fuel costs and a newly powerful fungus may sunder the days of 49 cent per pound bananas. So eat your bananas while you still can!

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