- Category: Business
- Published on Monday, June 14 2010 11:28
- Written by Rod Hughes
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The US agro giant, Delmonte, is being sued by a coalition of ecology activists and residents of pineapple-raising areas, mostly concentrated in northern Costa Rica. The plaintiffs allege environmental damage from pesticides and fertilizers used in the production.
Pineapple exports have been one of the bright spots for the country, even during the depth of the recent world economic crisis. In the period from 1990 to 2009, production rose some 670%.
Several years ago, The Tico Times, the region's leading English-language publication, ran a series of articles in which residents and ecologists bitterly criticized contamination of rivers and ground water and other alleged damage from pineapple plantations use of agro-chemicals.
Ironically, Delmonte recently partnered with the University of Costa Rica to fund a scientific research center on the San Jose campus.