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.

With regards to banana production, the report compares 54 treatments with chemicals which Costa Rican plantations require, with 15 treatments required in Ecuador where the climate is less favorable to the Sigatoka fungus, affecting crops worldwide.

The report classifies Costa Rica´s environmental standards as weak, in an industry which has had an explosive growth. Three quarters of pineapples consumed in Europe are grown in Costa Rica.

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Pineapple Takes Lead in Costa Rican Exports

June 2011

In the first four months of 2011, the equivalent of $665.9 million in pineapples have been sold overseas.

After twelve years of being in first place in sales from Costa Rica to the rest of the world, the banana has lost its top position, after pineapples grew 4.5% in May compared to the same month last year.

Success of Pineapple in Costa Rica

August 2011

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.

The international prices for pineapples is the main factor in the industry’s growth, which exports having increased by 55%, and planted areas totalling 45,000 hectares.

Costa Rica: Organic vs. Conventional Pineapple

July 2016

Companies exporting conventional pineapples labeled as organic to the United States have been denounced.

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Costa Rica Will No Longer Import Methyl Bromide

September 2013

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.

This was announced by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae), adding that the country is the first in Central America to ban the use of the agricultural fumigant.

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