Costa Rica: "Green" banana farming gains industry appeal
From splits and smoothies to breads and pies, bananas have become an international food staple. But growing this "fruit of wise men," as it was dubbed by famed botanist Carl Linnaeus, has become one of the worst activities for environmental health.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Vast acres of rain forest are cut down worldwide to create plantations, while workers spray tons of herbicides and pesticides to keep weeds, fungi, and root-nibbling pests away from the disease-prone banana plants.
In 2010, Guatemalan plantain bound for California will be shipped via the Mexican port of Chiapas.
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