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September 23 2013

Yellow peril: Are banana farms contaminating Costa Rica''s crocs?


Shoppers spend over $10 billion on bananas annually and now this demand is being linked to the contamination of Central America's crocodilians. New research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, analyses blood samples from spectacled caiman in Costa Rica and finds that intensive pesticide use in plantations leads to contaminated species in protected conservation areas.

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