Dole Food, Costa Rica partner on carbon neutral effort

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIF. — Dole Food Co. Inc. has announced its partnership with Costa Rica through a subsidiary, Standard Fruit de Costa Rica, to work together on a project designed at establishing a carbon neutral product supply chain for bananas and pineapples from production in Costa Rica to North American and European markets.

The partnership is with Fondo Nacional de Financiamento Forestal, the National Forestry Financing Fund and an entity of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica.

"The environment is a concern for all of us," said David A. DeLorenzo, president and chief executive officer. "Companies, consumers, governments and non-governmental organizations should endeavor to promote and adopt new production and distribution methods and consumption behavior in order to reverse harmful trends in the environment."

Carbon neutral means that the carbon dioxide emitted in the production, packing, transportation and distribution of fruit will be offset by mitigation practices that increase the capture of CO2 in order to achieve a neutral balance. This includes new, more efficient transportation methods, changes to agricultural processes to reduce CO2 emissions and partnering with local farmers to begin preservation and reforestation programs.

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