Is the use of monoculture a viable practice? In order to answer this, we must first examine what is monoculture? Well, monoculture is an agriculture practice where one single crop or plant species is grown continuously. Monoculture has been utliized for many crops and plants; one such crop is the banana.
Back to the question, I would argue that monoculture is not a viable practice. As seen by the outcome of the total disappearance of the Gros Michel banana, the practice of monoculture yields very disastrous drawbacks. The Gros Michel banana, a species of banana that was consumed by virtually everyone was hit by a disease called Panama Disease. This disease wiped out the entire population of Gros Michel banana because the Gros Michel bananas were practically the same in genetic structure Wikipedia. Similar to the outcomes of a low diversity in bananas, this issue may be seen in the the wild. In a community where there is low biodiversity, a single outbreak of disease may wipe out an entire population of species because there is very few genetic diversity. If we are to learn from mistakes, we have to prepare for the worst- a new disease which could destroy the Cavendish population. Unfortunately, this possible disaster has already emerged. A new strain of the Panama Disease has been identified in which it effectively brings ruin to the Cavendish species. In total, the take away message here is that we should reexamine the practices of monoculture because if we continue to rely on one single type of crop for consumption, it may disappear altogether if a disease were to emerge.
Learn more about Panama Disease here : Panama Disease