Local Scientists Found Several Endangered Species in the Farm's
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Sep 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Dole Food Company, Inc. (NYSE: DOLE) today announced that the Company
completed an animal monitoring study carried out at El Bosque, a Dole
pineapple farm in Costa Rica, together with scientists working with
FUNDECOR, a Non-Governmental organization active in protecting the
natural resources of the Costa Rican central mountains. The study
reveals not only that wildlife has been preserved, compared to a
baseline survey carried out in 2005, but also that several vulnerable
species are being effectively protected in the forest flanking the farm.
El Bosque is a Dole-owned pineapple plantation located in the province
of Limón, Costa Rica. The farm covers a surface of 1,400 hectares, 850
hectares are dedicated to pineapple production and the rest is mostly
The study was performed in July 2010 and focused on the use of infrared
cameras to gauge the presence of fauna on the forest-floor of the
80-hectare reserve at El Bosque. A total of 11 mammal species from 11
different genus, 9 families and 5 orders were registered by the cameras.
"This exploratory study revealed the presence of species that are highly
vulnerable to fragmentation, habitat destruction and hunting, such as
the Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
and the Paca (Cuniculus paca),
a forest-dwelling herbivore. This is evidence that the surveillance and
conservation practices implemented by Dole are effectively protecting
the forest", stated German Obando, Director of Research and Technology
"As the survey confirmed, the forest at our El Bosque farm is
fundamental to maintaining and increasing several mammalian populations.
The results illustrate that despite frequent misconceptions about
high-yield plantation agriculture, our Dole production practices make it
possible to co-exist with nature and produce in a truly sustainable way
and in harmony with nature", said Richard Toman, Vice President
Pineapple Operations for Dole Latin America. Mr. Toman went on to add,
"we are also pleased to announce that we have commissioned two similar
studies at our Zurqui banana plantation in Sarapiqui and our Muelle &
Ecopinas pineapple farms in San Carlos."
The survey was commissioned during World Environment Day last June and
was part of a broader set of initiatives organized by Dole at banana and
pineapple operations, not only in Costa Rica but also in Honduras,
Ecuador and Peru. These other initiatives included the planting of
30,000 trees with community, schools, workers and their children, the
conduction of environmental awareness seminars for the children, the
collection of trash alongside rivers and roads, the presentation of
recycling programs by women leaders and the installation of bird feeders
for hummingbirds and others.
ABOUT DOLE FOOD COMPANY
Dole, with 2009 net revenues of $6.8 billion, is the world's largest
producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables,
and is the leading producer of organic bananas and producer/shipper of
organic pineapples. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen
fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and
Founded in 1991, Fundecor is a non-governmental organization whose
mission is to protect the natural resources of the Costa Rican central
mountains by using market-based strategies and cutting edge research and
development for the creation and improvement of public policy under the
principle that conservation and development should coexist in harmony.
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