Nearly 65% of fruits and vegetables produced in Costa Rica contain residual traces of agrochemicals, a study from the Pesticide Department of the State Phytosanitary System found.
Since 1977, Costa Rica has imported more than 185,000 metric tons of agrochemicals. In that same time period, the country's consumption of these substances has more than tripled.
Hundreds of banana workers who were exposed to the banned pesticide Nemagon protested Wednesday in front of Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly demanding compensation for physical and psychological damages.
After 13 years, Costa Rica finally has a regulation guaranteeing payment of physical and psychological damages for nearly 14,000 banana workers who were exposed to the banned pesticide Nemagon.