Banana production puts the lives of crocodiles in Costa Rica at risk. Bananas are one of the most consumed fruits in the world. Unfortunately, their production is putting the life of crocodiles in Costa Rica at risk. The phenomenon is due to the abuse of pesticides. Banana monoculture exposes plants to disease. At the level of industrial agriculture, the problem is tackled with pesticides.
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Le bananas they are one of the most consumed fruits in the world. However, their production is unfortunately putting the lives of the people at risk crocodiles in Costa Rica. The phenomenon is due to the abuse of pesticides. Banana monoculture exposes plants to disease. At the level of industrial agriculture, the problem is tackled with pesticides.
A recent study shows that worrying pesticide residues they are found in crocodiles in Costa Rica, where most of the bananas we bring to our tables come from. The large banana plantations appear to be very exposed to parasite infestations, which would be even more numerous precisely in tropical regions.
Phytosanitary interventions take place from above, thanks to airplanes. The substances are spread in the air and they reach the crops to protect them from diseases that could destroy them in a short time. The banana plantations in Costa Rica are located in an area rich in waterways and canals. Pesticide residues reach them and compromise the life of crocodiles and wildlife.
Not only crocodiles, but also i fish I'm at risk. Paul Grant, a biologist at Stellenbosch University, investigated the matter and discovered from the inhabitants the frequent episodes of die-off affecting fish in Costa Rica. He then discovered that pesticides could be harmful to animals that eat fish, such as crocodiles. The most affected crocodile species (caiman crocodilus) is already considered endangered from International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Pesticides of 7 different types were identified in the 14 crocodiles subjected to blood tests. Among them was not lacking the mortal DDT. Toxic substances used in agriculture have also been detected in marine animals such as whale e seals in different parts of the world. The crocodiles living in the vicinity of banana plantations are in a worrying state of health, according to experts. Pesticide contamination would be one of the reasons. The results of the study were published on Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
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