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There are 6 comments on Farmers and Forests

  1. This is important to all of us earthlings that we halt the deforestation. One might want to use psychology to entice the cattelfarmer to move to eg blackpepper. Captain Cook couldn’t persuade his crew to eat sauerkraut to avoid scurvy. He then deciderat that the officers aboard the Endevour were the only ones being served sauerkraut. After some time the crew complained and demanded being served sauerkraut. No one died from scurvy during their voyage!

  2. Should maybe get anthropologist who studies culture on team.
    I lived in Brazil 77-79 & saw deforestation in about 78 on a trip in Mató Grosso N of Cuiaba. Mile after mile of newly cleared land. & certain times of year smoke from burning fields or forests.

    Eucalyptus is NOT native vegetation. There is the whole ecology of all the native vegetation & creatures. & the native Indian groups who live in that area & have been displaced by encroachment of settlers.

    Cashews are I think a native crop & they often use the fruit for juice & toss the cashews. & guarana is a bem brasilero flavor that has shown up in America health stores. I never heard of açaí when I was there.

  3. Why not pay these people checks for keeping the land raw. Co2 sequestration. Or, purepods.com . Or, keep up the smart farming. Meat, birds, medicine, plants, fruits, insects, ecotourism, butterflies..try for the “highest best use.”

  4. This was a great article. Learned a lot. I now wonder since China mat not import soy from the US, will Brazil begin major deforestation needed to fill the void?

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