Dole goes bananas for offsets

bananas.jpgYes, Dole announced last week a plan to “produce and market ‘carbon neutral’ bananas and pineapples.” Their effort is “aimed at establishing a carbon neutral product supply chain for bananas and pineapples, from their production in Costa Rica to the markets in North America and Europe.”

The deal is with the National Forestry Financing Fund and Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy, so I guess we are talking tree offsets here. Well, Costa Rica is probably better than most countries at delivering real, additional benefits — and the trees will be tropical. The P.R. even has a quote from the Minister, noting that the country aims “to become the first carbon neutral country in the world by 2021.”

I guess Dole really wants to sell you bananas that are really green.

6 Responses to Dole goes bananas for offsets

  1. Paul K says:

    I read in another thread that deforestation accounts for 20% of global warming. If this is correct, why are you so negative on tree planting? Also, part of your recent criticism of Prof. Dyson’s unusual proposal to capture carbon in topsoil, you noted the current worldwide topsoil loss. Could this loss, like deforestation, be a contributing factor in atmospheric CO2 levels? A holistic approach should encourage these “land management” solutions as well as the efficiency, renewable and technological ones that you highlight. I am still digesting last week’s excellent post and discussion on offsets and RECs.

  2. Joe says:

    I am not negative on tree planting per se — only on selling individual tree planting projects as carbon offsets — for reasons I detail in the posts I linked to. That said, in a small, climate-smart tropical country like Costa Rica, you can probably do better national forestry accounting and ensure that whatever is planted is a net increase in carbon uptake.

    Yes, it would be good to figure out how to save top soil. A conversion to no-till agriculture is widely thought to save significant amounts of soil carbon.

  3. Ron says:

    I know this is off topic for this thread, but i need to slip it in.

    If it’s relevant to quote local high temps, then I thought I’d throw in this record low —

    Tuesday’s high temperature in Central Park was just 59 degrees. The normal high for today is 82 degrees. The normal low is 67.

    “This unusual blast of cold air smashed our previous record for the coldest high temperature on August 21, which is 64 degrees, set back in 1999,” CBS 2 meteorologist Jason Cali told

    Whaddya think?

  4. Joe says:

    I think you da man, Ron!
    We’ve got a couple more years of regularly hot global temperatures, and then it’s going to get really hot, so we really need to appreciate these rare cold spells.

  5. Howie says:

    I thought it was really nice that they had the two coldest highs jsut since 1999. I’m sure it’s no reflection on AGW, even if the highs you quote are …

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