Banana Plantation Employees

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My report gives an overview of the banana industry in Costa Rica and details the hazards faced by banana plantation employees. It offers an understanding of how banana plantations work before we go to visit them and also puts into perspective the people working there. The topic is also relevant because it deals with a food that many of us enjoy on a daily basis. Where we get our food and the people who provide that food are important issues to consider especially as we venture to Costa Rica.

I. Introduction to banana industry in Costa Rica
A. Where bananas are grown
B. Size of the industry
C. How banana plantations work
II. Banana Plantation Employees
A. Chemicals and environmental hazards
B. Results- health risks
III. Looking ahead
A. What is being done to improve plantations for employees
B. What still needs to be improved


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