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Old 07-07-2014, 02:57 AM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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Oh, I was talking about huge shipments, 3rd. But yes there's a tiny amount even in one banana:
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......Although the amount in a single banana is small in environmental and medical terms, the radioactivity from a truckload of bananas is capable of causing a false alarm when passed through a Radiation Portal Monitor used to detect possible smuggling of nuclear material at U.S. ports.[6]..... Banana equivalent dose - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:31 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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False alarm? How do they know the bananas aren't going to be used by terrorists to make a dirty banana split bomb!
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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this thread is teaching me more about bananas than I think I want to know
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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A genetically modified "super-banana" is going up for clinical market trials in the US. The fruit was in fact engineered for Uganda, with the goal of getting Ugandans some extra vitamin A. GM banana has 10 times the vitamin A potential of Bananas Classic, and vitamin A deficiency is a huge problem in the developing world.
They look normal on the outside, but under the peel the fruit has a golden hue.
The weird news is that GM foods can't be sold legally in Uganda. Ugandans remain leery of lab-altered food, just like pretty much everyone else.
The super-banana is set to undergo human testing in the US over the coming weeks at a cost of $10 million, paid for by the Gates Foundation. If all goes as planned, the genetically modified fruit could be growing in Africa by 2020
Bill Gates-Backed ‘Super Bananas’ Begin Human Trials CBS Seattle
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Oh No Franken nanas....I think I'll pass.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Oh No Franken nanas....I think I'll pass.
You DO know that the Cavendish bananas you eat now are cloned, right?
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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Truth is, life for all humans has, and always has had, a very slight exposure to radioactivity. This includes stone-age people with no outside environmental influence. We are built to tolerate it. Genetic mutations happen all the time, and many times increase our chances of survival (as a population). Very low-level radiation is natural and has been with us forever.

This is not the same as high levels that can be very bad.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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A similar example of something we might think of as very bad: hydrochloric acid. It can do a LOT of harm. But we naturally produce a very small amount of it to help digest food. The dose makes the poison, in this case too.
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Old 07-11-2014, 01:59 AM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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Truth is, life for all humans has, and always has had, a very slight exposure to radioactivity. This includes stone-age people with no outside environmental influence. We are built to tolerate it. Genetic mutations happen all the time, and many times increase our chances of survival (as a population). Very low-level radiation is natural and has been with us forever.

This is not the same as high levels that can be very bad.
True, dat.
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Old 07-12-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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I like my bananas very ripe where the outer skin has very many brown spots on it, but not to the point where the skin is black. At that point I will use the bananas for banana bread.
I do the same. Or freeze them and make banana ice cream
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