Water-Assessment

Water Assessment

In order to improve practices and build a more sustainable environment, Dole Food Company, Inc. requested that Soil & More International B.V. conduct a study on the water footprint of its bananas and pineapples. Some Dole-owned farms and packing facilities in Costa Rica and Honduras, in addition to an independent grower’s farm in Honduras from which Dole purchases bananas, were selected for this assessment.

This study focuses on the accounting phase of the water footprint assessment as a way to compare several systems for the growing and handling of bananas and pineapples in Costa Rica and Honduras. Of the three banana farms and three pineapple farms analyzed, two pineapple farms and one banana farm are in Costa Rica, and two banana farms (one belonging to an independent grower) and one pineapple farm are in Honduras.

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