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William C. Holliday, Ph.D.
Larissa Smith Fergeson, Ph.D.
Ruth L. Budd, Ph.D.
This thesis explains Costa Rica’s transformation from a country that was seeking to maximize its economic capabilities through the cattle industry to a country that realizes the true cost of such actions. During Costa Rica’s cattle boom in the 1950s and 1960s, the Costa Rican government adopted economic policies that sought to take full advantage of the international market’s demand for the byproducts of country’s cattle. However, the following decade brought a recognition of the incredible damage the agricultural expansion had dealt on the land. Subsequent presidents and government officials dedicated their efforts into reforming the cattle industry through new regulations and legislations. The farmers and ranchers of Costa Rica also developed more sustainable practices to ensure that their cattle businesses would continue to exist and thrive while their land remained unspoilt.
Skipp, Stephanie, "EFFORTS TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY IN THE COSTA RICAN CATTLE INDUSTRY" (2012). Theses & Honors Papers. 17.