• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Ministry of Agriculture to investigate pesticide poisonings

August 26, 2019

Twenty-two people — most of them children — are in stable condition after suffering from pesticide poisoning, Costa Rican authorities said.

The Ministry of Health has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) to launch an investigation into the incident, which apparently occurred near a pineapple farm in close proximity to La Ceiba School in San Juan de Florencia, in Alajuela province.

“The Ministry of Health seeks to know the details of the facts in order to manage the administrative, or possibly criminal, measures that are required to prevent the repetition of similar situations,” a Casa Presidencial press release reads.

Similarly, the existing regulations on the appropriate proximity of plantations to community centers will be analyzed.” 

Of the 22 affected individuals, 16 are children. They presented with symptoms of headache, dizziness and nausea, among others, the Ministry of Health said.

Per capita, Costa Rica is among the world’s leading users of pesticides. As a 2015 Semanario Universidad report detailed, the Regional Institute of Toxic Substance Studies (IRET) found that Costa Rica used an average of 18.2 kgs of pesticides per hectare of farmland.

 

You may be interested

Amazon Web Services opens new Costa Rica office
Costa Rica
3509 views
Costa Rica
3509 views

Amazon Web Services opens new Costa Rica office

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 25, 2021

Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., on Thursday opened a new office in Costa Rica to support the…

Costa Rica aims for urban natural parks to improve wellness in cities
Costa Rica
2605 views
Costa Rica
2605 views

Costa Rica aims for urban natural parks to improve wellness in cities

The Tico Times - February 25, 2021

The Costa Rican government this week issued a decree creating a new type of park within the framework of the…

Rule of law deteriorating in Nicaragua: UN rights chief
Daniel Ortega
3975 views
Daniel Ortega
3975 views

Rule of law deteriorating in Nicaragua: UN rights chief

AFP - February 25, 2021

The rule of law is deteriorating in Nicaragua ahead of November's general elections, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned Thursday,…