Plantations and packers of products such as pineapple and cassava operate in the Northern Zone, regularly employing undocumented migrants from neighboring Nicaragua.
The Plant Health Department (SFE) of Costa Rica knew the levels of bromacil in the water of Río Cuarto (canton of Alajuela) since 2015. Despite having the information, the data wasn't shared with other authorities until 2016 and wasn't known publicly until 2018.
Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry puts halt to pineapple farm that could have damanged Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands
MINAE has suspended a project that could have permanently damaged the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands in the country's Southern Zone.
Environmental organizations denounce pineapple farm that could impact Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands
A recent resolution revives a pineapple project in an important area from an environmental and cultural point of view
They presented with symptoms of headache, dizziness and nausea, among others, the Ministry of Health said.
They learned that at the local farmers market, about 500 pineapple tops, or crowns, are thrown away every weekend. There was no shortage of raw material.
Ministry officials warned pineapple farmers that they must refrain from conducting any work that might have an impact on nearby wetlands, ponds, or protected lands.
The Environmental Technical Secretariat asked for the demarcation of all wetland areas inside the property before any type of work on the pineapple project continues.
An Environment Ministry report recommends to halt all work on the farmlands until measures are taken to protect wetlands and other protected areas.
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