By Afshan Golriz
My fieldwork in Volcán de Buenos Aires, Costa Rica over 11 years has been marked by the ongoing struggle to understand where the presence of Del Monte’s Pindeco, the region’s pineapple-producing agricultural giant, falls within discourses of ethics, extractivism, and unequal distributions of power within capitalist structures. Such ethical dilemmas have become increasingly puzzling when faced with the every day realities of Volcanians, as demonstrated in the following excerpt from my field notes. Read more