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Re: A bit of seasonal tree news

Subject: Re: A bit of seasonal tree news
From: Tahir
Date: Dec 21 2011 12:57:39
It's basically the same as anywhere marginal, people don't have any cash. Trees provide cash crops, sometimes the easiest way to get at them is to chop them down, or use them as fodder. The argan forests in Morocco are badly overgrazed by tree climbing goats, most Asian nut pines (China, Pakistan) are going the same way as North American pinyons, i.e. being felled for timber or cleared for other planting. The biggest problem I guess is that indigenous people receive next to nothing for what are extremely valuable commodities, sustainability has to have economical benefit at it's heart.

Pine nuts £45 p/kg: http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=1522&searchterm=pine%20nut&rdcnt=1

I'd love to know what the people that harvested them got.

Tahir

On 21/12/2011 12:30, Burke, Nicholas wrote:
The statement I've copied from it below shows how bad things the forests
are being cut down for agricultural land, now a part of my brain which I
admit has never had anything to do with farming wonders why are they
stripping what I would guess from the description 'rocky and steep' is
not the best land to grow food on are things so bad that we need to use
even this land. I guess the answer is yes but I do feel that the
resources to grow food without using this land could be providing (sorry
I'm trying to not point fingers. And surely as stated it covers other
species for a reason.




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