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RE: A bit of seasonal tree news

Subject: RE: A bit of seasonal tree news
From: Burke, Nicholas
Date: Dec 21 2011 13:27:36
Peanuts? I'll get my coat/goat! 

-----Original Message-----
From: Tahir [] 
Sent: 21 December 2011 13:02
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: A bit of seasonal tree news

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:

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


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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