Dole destroying fishing cat habitat to grow bananas in national park
Google Earth image modified by Mongabay.com
Google Earth satellite images show that Dole is illegally growing bananas inside Somawathiya National Park, home to endangered fishing cats in Sri Lanka. Dole has previously been accused of destroying land in the national park and denied any such activity, according to the Mongabay.com story.
Mongabay.com reports the coordinates of the plantation were obtained from an anonymous source who is close to the issue. These coordinates were overlaid on a Google Earth image and compared with information for the park boundaries.
Dole Lanka partners with the private farm LetsGrow Ltd., which has claimed the plantation is not inside park boundaries. Also according to the story, Dole is working to verify the eco snafu, but NGO Environmental Foundation Limited has presented new satellite images to Dole that show the plantation inside the national park.
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Click Satellite imagery confirms Dole destroying national park land for bananas to read the full story on Mongabay.com.