Costa Rican Pineapple Plantations Require Further Pesticide Regulations

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – For 10 years the Ministry of Health and Aqueducts and Sewers has had knowledge of Costa Rican residents in Cairo and Milano Siquirres who were using water with small concentrations of bromacil, a herbicide that is used in pineapple plantations.

    According to Nicolas Boeglin of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), since 2007 there are 6,000 people who received a health warning associated with bromacil concentrations in water in these communities. There is a need for the Costa Rican government to take action and regulate the use of such herbicides in pineapple plantations in that area.

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    Boeglin added that if there is doubt about communities that are currently taking bromacil water levels above what is permitted by the World Health Organization (WHO), “Bromacil is a pesticide that favors the development of cancer in communities such as Cairo and Milan with reported evidence of people with cancer and skin problems. A report also listed nine pigs with four mortalities. There is an effect on the health of people and animals.”

    According to Boeglin, scientists at the National University found bromacil residues in small dust particles located in homes and schools in the area. This could be because the herbicide is spreading through the air.

    “There is no certainty about what kind of air children and young people who go to schools in the area are breathing. That seems very serious, once you understood that no worldwide prohibited substances are used in Costa Rica,” claimed Boeglin.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose Costa Rica

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