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How re-creating the ice age could solve food shortages

Setsuzo Tanaka of D&T Farm spent 40 years developing a breading technique called "the freeze-thaw awakening method."

OKAYAMA, Japan -- A new banana breeding method that enables the fruit to grow rapidly in cool temperatures may one day turn Japan into a banana exporting powerhouse.

Despite being one of the biggest banana-devouring nations in the world, the country relies on imports for over 99% of its banana consumption. Every year, close to 1 million tons of the fruit are shipped over from the Philippines and other tropical countries.

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