02 Jun '11, 5pm

Las Gaviotas: A Sustainable Community Cut Off From the World Almost 40 Years Ago

Las Gaviotas: A Sustainable Community Cut Off From the World Almost 40 Years Ago

is one of the most successful in the world, considering that everywhere around it is still a "tropical desert." To say Las Gaviotas is doing okay for itself is an understatement. People from outside the village trek to Las Gaviotas to earn $500 a month, which is double what they would earn in other rural areas. A mycorrhiz fungus was added almost 20 years ago to help break up and digest the poor soils and in its place other species grew up. They use the resin from the trees to power their motorbikes and tractors and sell the excess. When China dumped cheap resin imports in Colombia, the community was forced to drop their prices by almost 40% to compete.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/10/las-gaviotas-a-su...

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