Could all this hoopla about "all bananas being identical", as Koeppel stated during an interview, be connected to the genetic engineering of bananas for inoculating humans via their food supply? This research has been going on for over 12 years and a lot of money is at stake. Koeppel supports GE to "save" bananas...bull. \nWhen I was in Thailand, I ate bananas that were much better than the Cavendish. So what if they are smaller? I have purchased them in my local health food store. The red bananas are an important source of beta carotine. T\nhe fact that there are over 60 varieties of bananas and, they are not identical contrary to Koeppels statements, proves that this is a campaign designed to scare people into accepting Genetic Engineering Vaccinations via our food supply (as Koeppel proposed in a brief Oct/Nov 2010 Organic Gardening article...figure!. This is a direct assault on freedom of religion, such as Seventh Day Adventists, and an assualt upon our rights to choose allopathic medical treatment or an alternative.\nPersonally, I am with Drs. Mae Wan Ho and Vandana Shiva and Jeffry Smith, who oppose GE. Here in MO, our farmers have three monster weeds directly a result of GE. The many Indian farmer suicides resulting from the failure of GE experimental crops is a tragedy. The days of banana plantations and the subjugation of people into servitude, should be long gone. Ding Dong, the Cavendish is dead. Unfortunately this is not true any more than Gros Michael, the variety that Cavendish replace, is "extinct". Eat local!