Rainforest Alliance and the Discount Supermarkets: Low Prices and Easy Standards?

Banana Link, as members of the Europe-wide Make Fruit Fair! Campaign, have published a report evaluating Rainforest Alliance (RA) certification in the light of recent moves by discount supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl to source tropical fruit from RA certified suppliers. The report – Rainforest Alliance and the Discount Supermarkets: Low Prices and Easy Standards? – […]

High court reverses moratorium on pineapple growing in Los Chiles, Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s high court has once again denied the right of local governments to declare a moratorium on pineapple production within their jurisdictions, this time in the northern border municipality of Los Chiles. Decrying contaminated water and exploitation of migrant labor, a coalition of environmental groups and politicians recently came together to successfully lobby the […]

First 10,021 signatures in our campaign prompts promising response from Lidl, but it’s not enough

Make Fruit Fair! partner Oxfam Germany, together with activists from Ecuador and Costa Rica, handed-over the first 10,021 signatures in our campaign asking Lidl to play fair by tropical fruit workers in their supply chains. Following the handover, Make Fruit Fair! campaigners met with Lidl, who admitted that the working conditions in the pineapple production […]

Only few places where organic bananas can be grown

Unlike conventional bananas, which are relatively easy to grow in many tropical areas, organic bananas must be cultivated in very specific conditions, and this is only possible in a few regions. Colima, Mexico, is one of those regions with the right microclimate, and Tropical Organic Growers is a company devoted to the cultivation and export […]

Phasing out Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) in Costa Rica

The small Central American country of Costa Rica has one of the highest intensities of pesticide use in the world, despite its renown for being a peaceful, ecofriendly tourist destination, rich in biodiversity. Pesticide imports have risen steeply during the past three decades, many of the pesticides used being highly hazardous in terms of acute […]

Oxfam report takes aim at Ecuadorian and Costa Rican tropical fruit industries

Make Fruit Fair! German partner, Oxfam Germany, has published a report Sweet fruit bitter truth alleging inhumane conditions exist on many Costa Rican pineapple farms and Ecuadorian banana operations, pointing the final blame at Germany’s leading retailers. The report has prompted conflicting stories between Oxfam’s German arm and certifier the Rainforest Alliance, according to the […]