Bananas: the New Potatoe

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Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

With global warming bringing warmer temperatures in our world, researchers from CGIAR agricultural partnership say "the fruit might replace potatoes in some developing countries."

They predict that the world's three biggest crops in terms of calories provided - maize, rice and wheat - will decrease in many developing countries.

They suggest that the potato, which grows best in cooler climates, could also suffer as temperatures increase and weather becomes more volatile.

The authors argue that these changes "could provide an opening for cultivating certain varieties of bananas" at higher altitudes, even in those places that currently grow potatoes.

Dr Philip Thornton is one of those behind the report. He told BBC News that while bananas and plantains also have limiting factors, they may be a good substitute for potatoes in certain locations.

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