Honduras and their dating practives
The land and water contamination from pesticides, as well as high levels of pesticide residues in food supplies, have had substantial effects on human health (Williams, 1986; Leonard, 1987).
Following the boom and bust cycles of the international cotton market, the amount of land in cotton in southern Honduras fluctuated considerably between the late 1940s and the late 1980s.
Many analysts concluded that a Malthusian scenario was being played out in which the population had exceeded the carrying capacity of the land.
Durham's (1979) classic analysis of this situation demonstrated that it was the use and distribution of land, rather than its carrying capacity, that resulted in the problems of food production and the inability of families to meet subsistence needs.
The Honduran government became an active agent of development, creating a variety of state institutions and agencies to expand government services, modernize the country's financial system, and undertake infrastructural projects.
This period of intensified public sector investments coincided with temporary high prices on the world market for primary commodities like cotton, coffee, and cattle.
Large landowners in the south who had access to the good lands on the coastal plain had historically been unable to respond to favorable economic conditions because of the lack of necessary infrastructure such as transportation, markets, and credit.
Based on appearances, there seems to be a direct link between the rapid population increase and this nonsustainable utilization of land and water resources.In fact, immigrants and poor Honduran farmers joined forces to challenge a large hacienda owner who attempted to incorporate national lands into his estate.