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.
That's why, when Costa Rica's EARTH University acquired lands in 1989 that included a sprawling banana plantation, the school's eco-consultants told officials to ditch the farm. Instead the innovative agricultural school decided to grow a banana that's better for the planet. (Related: "Remote University Cultivating World's 'Green' Leaders" [April 22, 2008].)

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Guatemala to Export Plantain via Port Chiapas

November 2009

In 2010, Guatemalan plantain bound for California will be shipped via the Mexican port of Chiapas.

Juan Luis Hernández, head of commercialization at the Mexican port authority, explained that the required health and customs permits have already been issued.

"This plantain deal is very beneficial, as it will help increase the volume of cargo handled by the port", explained Hernández, in a article.

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