August 30th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) A decree which has been signed by the Ministries of Agriculture, Labor, and Health since May 14th banning the use of toxic chemicals by pineapple companies is still waiting for the signature of Environmental Minister René Castro and the Presidency in order to be put into effect.
Lawmaker and Frente Amplio presidential candidate, José María Villalta distributed photos to the press this week, showing the damage caused by the chemicals known as Carbofuran and Furadan to wildlife near the plantations.
The chemical is used on pineapple plantations throughout the country despite the fact it has already been banned in Europe, the United States and Panama due to serious risks posed to human health.
“It is unacceptable that the interests of a few rule the country, undermining human and animal health. We urge the government to act and protect the health of thousands of workers and their families,” Villalta said.