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Costa Rican pineapple growers blamed for degradation of the environment

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Costa Rica’s Environmental Administration Tribunal has denounced the pineapple industry’s malpractices in the country’s north and its effects on protected areas.

Growers are alleged to have cut down trees without approval from the State Forestry Administration, posing a threat to the wetlands of Caño Negro, as well as two rivers.

The tribunal also found a lack of environmental feasibility studies, while in some cases pineapple growers operated without the permits granted to packing plants.

Original source: Fresh Fruit Portal