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New strain of banana fungus threatens world harvests
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New strain of banana fungus threatens world harvests

Phoebe Sedgman | Bloomberg - June 4, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — Six decades after a banana-killing fungus all but wiped out plantations across Latin America, a new strain threatens to destroy global harvests. A type…

Costa Rica’s best coffee comes from this hillside in Alajuela
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Costa Rica’s best coffee comes from this hillside in Alajuela

The Tico Times - June 4, 2015

LOURDES DE CIRRÍ, Alajuela – Large burlap sacks of coffee, green and roasted, covered the kitchen floor in Antonio Barrantes’ home in Lourdes de Cirrí, north of…

Four dead, 16 injured in fiery blast at Mexico oil rig
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Four dead, 16 injured in fiery blast at Mexico oil rig

Laurent Thomet | AFP - April 1, 2015

MEXICO CITY – An explosion and a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexico's Pemex on Wednesday, killing at least four workers, injuring 16 and…

Costa Rican coffee exports get a jolt from high prices
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Costa Rican coffee exports get a jolt from high prices

The Tico Times - March 31, 2015

After years of low prices and falling production from the roya fungus, Costa Rica’s coffee exports are garnering better prices, according to a report from the Foreign…

Big Tobacco’s future as Big Marijuana
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Big Tobacco’s future as Big Marijuana

Leonid Bershidsky | Bloomberg - February 22, 2015

You may like technology (who doesn't these days) or the energy sector (where would we be without it) -- but if you're making a long-term bet as…

China helps boost Costa Rica’s beef exports
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China helps boost Costa Rica’s beef exports

L. Arias - February 4, 2015

Exports of Costa Rican beef to China increased by more than 700 percent in one year, according Leonardo Murillo, a livestock research coordinator at the Costa Rican…

New Anacafé chief: Guatemalan state must do more to finance battle against coffee rust
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New Anacafé chief: Guatemalan state must do more to finance battle against coffee rust

Larry Luxner - January 10, 2015

See also: 5 things you might not know about the science of coffee WASHINGTON, D. C. – A fungus that attacks the leaves of coffee trees threatens…

Neil Young vows Starbucks boycott over GMOs
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Neil Young vows Starbucks boycott over GMOs

AFP - November 18, 2014

NEW YORK – Rock icon Neil Young has pledged to stop drinking at Starbucks over an industry challenge to laws on genetically modified crops, but the coffee giant…

Gold erases 2014 gains as silver slumps to 55-month low on GDP
after the gold rush
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after the gold rush
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Gold erases 2014 gains as silver slumps to 55-month low on GDP

Debarati Roy and Nicholas Larkin | Bloomberg - October 30, 2014

NEW YORK — The more the U.S. economy improves, the worse things get for gold. Bullion fell below $1,200 an ounce Thursday, erasing its gains for the…

Whole Foods’ responsibly grown rating system labels Costa Rican bananas grown at EARTH University as ‘Best’
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Whole Foods’ responsibly grown rating system labels Costa Rican bananas grown at EARTH University as ‘Best’

L. Arias - October 30, 2014

Bananas produced at EARTH University’s commercial plantation in the Caribbean province of Limón this month were classified as “best” at Whole Foods stores in Canada and the…