KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE
Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon
OO As Bolivia Plans Dramatic Agro-Expansion,
Forests To Pay The Price (PART II)
OO Indonesia: Palm Oil Company Keeps Operating Illegal Plantation
– Despite Court Ruling
OO Malaysian Palm Oil Chief Misleads On Deforestation
OO Forest Stewardship Council Passes Motion For Greater Protection Of Primary Forests
Illegal Tropical Deforestation Driven Globally By “Agro-Conversion”reports John C Cannon at Mongabay. Nearly 50 percent of tropical deforestation to make room for commercial agriculture between 2000 and 2012 was done so illegally, says a new report by Forest Trends, looking at the global tide of tropical forest “agro-conversion.”
The study systematically documents abuses of national and international laws that resulted in deforestation to satiate the world’s hunger for cheap agricultural products.
In Bolivia, for example, land clearing to plant soybeans, three-quarters of which end up being exported, has been the main cause of deforestation
A green label? Read the fine print. Palm oil, kernel, fruit – whatever it is labeled as – is an unhealthy ingredient that also fuels major deforestation in the tropics, destroying valuable carbon-storing systems.
A full 40% of exported palm oil – the cheap fat found in so many of the products found on supermarket shelves in wealthy countries – comes from plants that illegally replaced forests.
OO Next Big Idea In Forest Conservation:
Harness The Power Of Marketing
OO Domestic Conservation: Indonesia’s Rich Should Save
Their Dwindling Natural Resources – middle and upper classes increasingly support environmental conservation. It is in their interest to do so.
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