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Environmentalists demand halt to pineapple expansion
Conservation
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Conservation
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Environmentalists demand halt to pineapple expansion

L. Arias - May 15, 2017

Environmental groups demonstrated Monday in San José against a permit for pineapple farming granted to a local subsidiary of the transnational company Del Monte in Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific…

Hurricane Otto caused $15 million in losses for Costa Rican coffee sector
Business
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Business
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Hurricane Otto caused $15 million in losses for Costa Rican coffee sector

L. Arias - December 13, 2016

Hurricane Otto caused severe losses to coffee producers to the tune of  ₡8.37 billion (approximately $15 million), according to estimates from the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFE). ICAFE’s…

Costa Rica promotes pesticide-free rice farming
Agriculture
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Agriculture
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Costa Rica promotes pesticide-free rice farming

L. Arias - October 18, 2016

A joint program of the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) and the Economy and Industry Ministry (MEIC) seeks to promote the production and marketing of pesticide-free rice in the…

Costa Rica’s best coffee was grown by a newbie farmer
Business
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Business
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Costa Rica’s best coffee was grown by a newbie farmer

The Tico Times - June 14, 2016

LOURDES DE CIRRÍ, Alajuela — It looked like rain when Francisco Mena got into his truck with one of his two daughters, 12-year-old Alessia, to go look for…

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba
Cuba
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Cuba
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An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba

NICK MIROFF | THE WASHINGTON POST - August 22, 2015

CAIMITO, Cuba — Like all homestead stories, Fernando Funes Monzote's starts with an epic battle against harsh elements and long odds. Funes, a university-trained agronomist, settled on…

Costa Rica experiments with aquaponics to fight drought
Agriculture
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Agriculture
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Costa Rica experiments with aquaponics to fight drought

L. Arias - May 22, 2015

The Costa Rican government is launching a pilot aquaponics program in hopes of offering an alternative to farmers hit by drought. Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) officials are…

UN cancer agency sees a risk in Roundup and other pesticides
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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UN cancer agency sees a risk in Roundup and other pesticides

AFP - March 20, 2015

PARIS – The U.N.'s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said Friday that three pesticides, including the popular weedkiller Roundup, were "probably" carcinogenic and two others, which…

National Emergency Commission lifts drought warning for Pacific provinces
Agriculture
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Agriculture
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National Emergency Commission lifts drought warning for Pacific provinces

L. Arias - March 17, 2015

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) lifted a drought warning for Costa Rica's Pacific region this week, saying that rainfall had gradually returned to normal levels. The yellow alert was…

Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions
Agriculture
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Agriculture
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Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions

L. Arias - March 4, 2015

Costa Rica’s government will allocate ₡600 million ($1.1 million) to assist farmers hit by extreme weather conditions that affected most of the country during the past year. President…

Study links sugarcane fieldwork with kidney disease epidemic in Central America
Chronic Kidney Disease
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Chronic Kidney Disease
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Study links sugarcane fieldwork with kidney disease epidemic in Central America

The Tico Times - February 17, 2015

See also: What is killing the young men of Cañas? Scientists are now a little closer to uncovering the cause of a chronic kidney disease (CKD) epidemic…