Ecosweet has a certification from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock based on the Organic Agriculture Regulation No. 29782-MAG that establishes the guidelines that regulate the production, elaboration and commercialization of organic agricultural products.
All pineapple producers, both organic and conventional, have the problem of managing waste, the stems, roots and leaves of the plants once they have been harvested.
At Ecosweet we are pioneers in the use of technology to take advantage of this waste without polluting the earth or threatening health. At present we are part of a pilot program of German Cooperation, which through the processing of the leaves we can obtain by-products such as fibers for textiles, food for livestock or pets, fertilizers and even the input to manufacture bioplastics.
The concept of ecological sustainability is related to the reduction of ecological functions, which are those basic processes of the ecosystem that guarantee the continuity over time of natural resources such as soil, water, biodiversity and the atmosphere, and that determine the quality of human life.
At Ecosweet we believe in the ability to produce in balance with Nature and leave future generations with an example of organic agriculture that allows us to remain productive and promote economic and social progress, without damaging or sacrificing the capabilities of the environment.
Currently, organic and conventional pineapple products face a problem for the proper management of crop residues.
For each hectare of cultivated pineapple, between 200 to 250 tons of residues are generated, which are composed of leaves, stems and roots of the plant (biomass).
To reduce this biomass, what conventional pineapple producers do is that they use herbicides to dry out the plant and later burn it with fire, which generates serious socio-environmental problems such as soil contamination, aquifers, and affects people´s health.
Organic pineapple producers use the application of decomposing
mechanisms and subsequently the green incorporation of these
residues into the soil. This action is friendly to the environment,
however, like the conventional one, it causes problems of fly
proliferation and this affects neighboring communities and livestock
Ecosweet received a visit from several German organizations and companies that saw the potential to cooperate in finding a more practical and less polluting solution to the management of pineapple crop residues (both organic and conventional).
The German Cooperation Program together with the companies ABC and Reinartz provided a decorticator machine and a powerful press, as well as an electric generator that provides enough load to handle both machines.
At the moment it is a pilot program but it has served so that, together with the collaboration of the National Technical University, the Ecosweet farm is producing materials that offer added value and that could be commercialized in the future.
Thus, it is not only possible to take care of the environment but also to generate a possibility of income and growth for the area and the community.
According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Costa Rica is the fourth largest pineapple producer in the world, after Brazil, Thailand, and the Philippines, but the leading pineapple exporter worldwide.
ECO SWEET FARM handles the commercialization of 30 Hectares of organic pineapple cultivation that produce a pineapple with an exquisite flavor WITHOUT THE USE OF CHEMICALS.
Our pineapple promotes sustainable agriculture and shows that there are other ways to produce pineapple in balance with the environment and remain efficient.
Our goal is to strengthen the local community through education, food accessibility, and serving as an example of responsible land management and sustainable farming practices.
We will offer a learning opportunity focusing on a sustainable farming method that is good for both people and the environment.
Through initiatives aimed at getting the greatest, healthiest pineapple into the hands of the public and those in need. Through instruction and the provision of the resources required for farm apprentices to advance in their own pursuit of responsible land stewardship, we will promote the continued use of organic farming practices.
Through organic farming, local agriculture and community programs, Ecosweet protects our food, environment and community.
In order to improve environmental quality going forward, organic farming places a strong emphasis on the use of regenerative resources and the preservation of soil and water. Local agriculture ensures a safe, affordable, and accessible food system. Community programs aid in the development of the relationships, trust, and interdependence required for strong communities.
To offer the best quality, ECO SWEET FARM has a Production Superintendent, the agronomist Melisa Campos Ocampo, who is responsible for carrying out compliance diagnoses objectively, without discrimination and within the stipulated deadlines, demonstrating technical competence in its execution and looking for continuous improvement.
In this way, compliance with the environmental and social commitments established in the Technical Manual for Sustainable Pineapple Production (MT-PSP) is verified.