The results below only show the green and blue water footprints, as the grey water footprint does not focus on the quantity of water used during the growing and handling processes. Because this assessment focuses on chosen farms and systems, the results refer only to bananas and pineapples of those analyzed farms and do not give generic numbers for all Dole pineapples and bananas produced in Costa Rica and Honduras, or elsewhere.
- The water footprint of handling bananas and pineapples (packing facility phase) is much smaller than the water footprint of growing them (farm phase).
- In Costa Rica, the blue water footprint of both pineapples and bananas is zero due to the fact that farmers feed their crops via rain rather than irrigation systems.
- The water footprint of growing pineapples is lower than that of bananas.
- Growing bananas (blue and green water footprint) on Dole’s banana farm (Guanacaste) versus growing them on the individual grower’s farm (Casmul) – both in Honduras – yield similar water footprints.