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Dole Implements New Environmental Practices

Dole Food Company Inc. will implement new environmentally friendly agricultural practices for pineapple production in Costa Rica. The new practices include mechanical destruction and minimum tillage, eliminating the need to burn crop residue and avoid release of CO2 into the atmosphere. Dole is now working to produce a carbon neutral product supply chain for bananas and pineapples in Costa Rica. In partnership with the country’s Ministry of Environment and Energy, Dole is engaging supply chain partners and stakeholders to neutralize the carbon footprint resulting from the planting, harvesting, packaging and distribution of bananas and pineapples from Costa Rica. “Our model practices on Dole’s pineapple farms in Latin America are setting new standards for the entire industry,” said Richard Toman, vice president of Pineapple Operations for Dole Fresh Fruit International Ltd.

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