Yes, Bananas as we know them may soon cease to exist

It’s called Tropical Race Four, and they’re eating our bananas from the inside out! Turns out that the type of banana we eat, the Cavendish, is a bit of a freak of nature anyway: most other banana varieties are either too small, bland, or thin-skinned for mass-distribution.

Tropical Race Four can wipe out an entire plantation in one swoop. The resulting fruit ain’t pretty:

When the [infected] plants were cut open, they smelled like garbage, and their roots were so anemic that the plants could barely stay upright.

Read the full article and watch the video on the New Yorker website.