Odd Lots: The Boring Banana That’s in Every Supermarket and Could Soon Be Extinct

Is the Banana Market in Danger?

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Every week, hosts Tracy Alloway and Joe Weisenthal take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance, and economics.

This week we’re taking on one of the most fragile commodities markets around. No, it’s not oil (though we do get to that later in the program). It’s the market for bananas. Dangerously reliant on a single, boring breed of the tropical fruit, banana growers now face a rampant disease that threatens one of the world’s biggest food supplies.

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