It all started after farmers ripped out a diverse ecosystem to plant more pineapples for investors in the 80s and 90s, creating large-scale plantations where they’re grown as monoculture crops – meaning the unnatural growth of just one type of crop in a field. The farmers began vigorously applying chemical pesticides to maintain high yields, and prevent the destruction of their crop from fruit-loving pests. After the land is used for growing pineapples, it has little function other than as a breeding ground for environmental problems like soil erosion, sedimentation and deforestation.
“How can we trust pineapples if they’re not organic? You can't.” – Stephanie Williamson, PAN UK scientist
The human impact
How this impacts you
And what about the plus points of getting your five a day? You can forget about that, too. Research from Harvard University also shows that consuming fruit and veg with high levels of pesticide residues might actually reduce the health benefits of eating them, in terms of protection against cardiovascular disease and early mortality.
“Pesticides used in the country are highly dangerous both for humans and the environment” - the UN