Ecological Engineering in the Tropics

Costa Rica – MSU / UCR – December 27, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Bananas – Hugo


Costa Rica is located in a privileged position, bordered to the north by Nicaragua and Panama to the south, along the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its location is rich in vegetation and tropical rainforests essentially country.

Costa Rica is a small country, its territory is 51,100 square kilometers, however, more than a quarter of the area is protected as “National Park” or “National Book”.

In the Caribbean region are located most of the banana plantations for export. The good condition of these soils and warm climate make the area one of the best in the Central area for banana production.

If you want to know more about the Costa Rican banana industry you can enter the web page of National Banana Corporation of Costa Rica:

You can see any videos showing banana cultivation, in this case the Dole Company:

DOLE – Planting & Growing Bananas

DOLE – Banana Development & Care

DOLE – Harvesting Bananas

DOLE – Banana Ripening Process

DOLE – Giving back: Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability

DOLE – Merchandising Bananas

DOLE – Organic Bananas

DOLE – Banana and Pineapples Journey From Farm to Store


4 thoughts on “Bananas – Hugo

  1. Cree usted que las compañas pueden cultivar 100% frutas orgánicas (sólo), o esto es demasiado difícil porque la gran cantidad y el costo asociado con orgánicos?

    Do you believe that companies can cultivate 100% organic fruits (only), or is this too difficult because of the large quantity and the cost associated with organics?


    • If we can grow the EARTH (guácimo, Limon, CR) is grown organically. However, the system must be well organized and designed to be sustainable. They must provide the necessary nutrients to the application of organic materials, not to give a nutrient deficiency and decrease production to become economically not viable.

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    • In the late 1980s, EARTH took hold of the property where the campus stands today, inheriting with it a commercial banana farm. Environmental consultants recommended closing down the farm, and while we listened to their arguments, we ignored their advice. We saw an opportunity to serve as an example to our students, to prove to the world that sustainability can be achieved, and to transform an industry.

      EARTH University™ Bananas are grown on our campus using innovative, environmentally-friendly practices for healthy, great-tasting fruit. Our bananas are Rainforest Alliance Certified and grown carbon neutral.

      —Herbicide-free farm.
      —Our banana farm is divided in blocks that are surrounded by forest, promoting biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.
      —We convert production waste into paper and/or compost.
      —We recycle the plastic bags and rope used in fields.
      —The blue bags that protect our bananas during their growth are soaked in a chemical-free repellent made with garlic and hot pepper.
      —We have planted ground covering in our drainage ditches to reduce erosion and prevent water contamination.
      —We have reforested a boundary of 45 feet on either side of our rivers.
      —Our innovative water filtration system in our packing plant allows us to reuse about 30% of our water.
      —We use a chemical-free, organic fungicide to prevent crown-rot disease.
      —We apply effective microorganisms to reduce the application of chemical fungicides on our farm.

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  2. This topic is very interesting. I really enjoyed when we got to visit the banana research facilities. I never realized how much research goes into the production of bananas. Also it was interesting to learn about the different grades of bananas and that they are all just as good just different countries have different expectations for the bananas they like to eat. This is interesting in the engineering aspect because it allows for most all of the bananas to be used and there is minimal waste. The research facility was also interesting from an engineering aspect because it showed how they are able to basically engineer the production of the highest quality banana.


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