Bananas a Threat to Wildlife and Humans

Although bananas are healthy, containing vitamin B6 and trypotophan, which together helps the body produce serotonin, a natural chemical alleviating depression, bananas may be doing more damage to the ecosystem than good.

Pesticides that are needed to keep pests away from the banana crop are ending up in crocodiles that live near the banana farms in Costa Rica. These pesticides–DDT, dieldrin and endosulfan– have been banned for almost a decade yet are still showing up in the crocodiles. These same pesticides may also be in fish and other things that we eat, mainly the banana.

Because banana peels have the capacity to remove traces of heavy metals, it leads one to wonder what type of effect pesticides have on the popular fruit.


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