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From the Ted Talk by John Soluri: The dark history of bananas

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That’s exactly what happened in the 1910s, when a fungus began to level Gros Michel banana plantations, first in Panama, and later throughout Central America, spdrieang qlkuciy via the same system that had enealbd big profits and cheap bananas. In a race against “Panama Disease,” banana companies abandoned infected plantations in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Guatemala, leaving thousands of farmers and woerkrs jobless. The companies then felled extensive tracts of rainforests in order to eiastlbsh new paolnniatts.

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That’s exactly what happened in the 1910s, when a fungus began to level Gros Michel banana plantations, first in Panama, and later throughout Central America, _________ _______ via the same system that had _______ big profits and cheap bananas. In a race against “Panama Disease,” banana companies abandoned infected plantations in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Guatemala, leaving thousands of farmers and _______ jobless. The companies then felled extensive tracts of rainforests in order to _________ new ___________.

Solution

  1. quickly
  2. establish
  3. spreading
  4. plantations
  5. enabled
  6. workers

Original Text

That’s exactly what happened in the 1910s, when a fungus began to level Gros Michel banana plantations, first in Panama, and later throughout Central America, spreading quickly via the same system that had enabled big profits and cheap bananas. In a race against “Panama Disease,” banana companies abandoned infected plantations in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Guatemala, leaving thousands of farmers and workers jobless. The companies then felled extensive tracts of rainforests in order to establish new plantations.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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united fruit 7
gros michel 5
el pulpo 2
michel bananas 2
democratically elected 2
cavendish bananas 2

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gros michel bananas 2

Important Words

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  13. establish
  14. extensive
  15. farmers
  16. felled
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  19. guatemala
  20. happened
  21. honduras
  22. infected
  23. jobless
  24. leaving
  25. level
  26. michel
  27. order
  28. panama
  29. plantations
  30. profits
  31. quickly
  32. race
  33. rainforests
  34. rica
  35. spreading
  36. system
  37. thousands
  38. tracts
  39. workers