The Costa Rican government announced on January 4, 2020 that it will supervise the chemical pesticides used in pineapple plantations and other crops to reduce soil and water pollution.
Costa Rica’s “Nation” reported on January 4 that the Costa Rican Water and Sanitation System Management Association (Asadas) reported to the Constitutional Court of Costa Rica (Fourth Court, Sala IV) in 2019, stating that the government had not dealt with the process of pineapple cultivation. Pesticides used in China are managed, which in turn leads to soil and water pollution. The Fourth Court finally made a ruling on January 4, 2020, requiring relevant public agencies to initiate a plan to clean up the pesticide pollution generated during the cultivation of pineapples and have the obligation to report on the sanitary disposal process for residual pesticides.
In response to the judge, the Costa Rican government disclosed that in order to protect the environmental safety of soil and water sources, the government will regulate the chemical pesticides used in the cultivation of pineapple and other crops. These pesticides include malathion, thiamethoxam, Imidacloprid and others.
At the same time, the Costa Rican government also announced through the Ministry of Health (Minsa) that in the first half of 2021, the use of trichlorfon, atrazine, and tetramazine will be banned during the cultivation of pineapples.
The Costa Rica Ministry of Health also explained other measures to the judge, such as strengthening inspections, restoring environmental protection zones, and issuing technical regulations on the use of agricultural chemicals.