Costa Rica
The flowers of this banana plant are brilliant pink. Other species of banana have white flowers that hang down. Costa Rica is a major banana exporting nation, but the crop requires extensive clearcutting, heavy doses of fertilizer and pesticides, and makes the soil useless for other crops. The runoff encourages water hyacinth and reeds that clog the canals and estuaries, in addition to killing the coral reefs and turtles with discarded plastic. Despite a protection plan for Tortugero, the government has given Chiquita Brands permits to do a massive expansion.