Agriculture in Costa Rica has been the recipient of negative news recently, specifically in relation to its pineapple export. We thought this would be a good time to highlight a positive story on organic farming that recently appeared in Natureairâ€™sÂ in flight magazine,Â Nature Landings.
At the beginning of the 1980s, the farmers of Costa Rica began to search for organicÂ methods of planting and harvesting crops with the intent ofÂ benefiting from the fruits of the land without using chemicals and other harmful practices that could damage their harvest.
This is how organic agriculture began to take force, and slowly but surely it has today become a viable and productive alternative to traditional agriculture, one that aims to position itself as a means of producing quality and healthy produce that is economically feasible, respects nature and is a great ally to conservation efforts.Â
According to data derived from â€œThe Costa Rican Organic Agriculture Movement,â€Â the internal demand for organic produce increases about 20% every year, which demonstrates that efforts dedicated to promoting this type of production are bearing fruit. Furthermore, Costa Rican organic production is recognized both nationally and internationally.
In Costa Rica some 9,000 hectares are dedicated to the organic cultivation of approximately 30 different products.
Read more on Nature Air’s blog.