Juice company dumps orange peel over wasteland – see the stunning results 16 years later


The world’s forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate, whether it’s through deforestation or forest fires.

Around 18 million acres, that’s the size of Panama, are lost each year to deforestation, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Fortunately there are many eco-warriors out there doing all they can to save our earth’s natural habitat and the animals that call it home.

But in Costa Rica a controversial experiment in the mid-nineties offering a company an area of land to dump its food waste has actually bore fruit.

The results of this waste disposal 16 years on is being marvelled at by millions around the world.

It was in the mid-nineties when Costa Rican juice company Del Oro, which doesn’t use pesticides or insecticides, was given permission to dump its orange peel and pulp in a national park.

The company was only permitted to dump its fruit waste in “designated dumping zones marked as degraded, meaning the soil quality was poor and the forest couldn’t rebound like it used to,” according to modernfarmer.com

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Before environmental issues were front page news Costa Rica was a world leader in environmental preservation.

And quite rightly so considering the staggering natural beauty of this rugged, rainforested Central American country.

Piyush Joshi

‘Richer soil’

Fifteen years later researchers from Princeton University decided to visit the area of Guanacaste to see if the 12,000 metric tons of fruit waste that was dumped had changed the landscape.

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