Residents of Siquirres and their supporters say the government of Costa Rica is violating the communities’ right to access clean water by not properly handling the contamination problem, and not forcing pineapple growers to accept their share of responsibility.
Edgardo Araya, a legislator for the Broad Front Party from Alajuela, and a number of community representatives from pineapple-producing zones, on Monday urged the executive branch to pass a decree that would place a moratorium on pineapple production for five years. They argued that pineapple producers have not been held accountable for the environmental impact of their activities.
Pineapple is one of Costa Rica's fastest-growing and most lucrative agricultural exports. And with China's market on the horizon, export numbers could soon double. Is the country ready for that?
Starting December 1, Costa Rica will require proof of vaccination to enter many businesses and to participate in large events.