Critics to Pineapple Producers in Costa Rica
An investigation by The Guardian reported environmental damage from extensive use of fungicides and other agrochemicals.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The report states conditions of high humidity in the Atlantic region of Costa Rica, in whose plains lie major pineapple plantations, allows the emergence of diseases which must be fought with much greater quantities of chemicals than needed in other plantations with less humidity and windier.
In the first four months of 2011, the equivalent of $665.9 million in pineapples have been sold overseas.
In the last 5 years pineapple cultivation areas have doubled, the annual harvest is around 2 million tons, and the amounts being exported exceed those of bananas.
Companies exporting conventional pineapples labeled as organic to the United States have been denounced.
The country has stopped using the chemical which is used to disinfect floors and eliminate pests in crops such as melon, because of its impact on the ozone layer.
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