14 Jun '11, 12pm

In Brazil, Palm Oil Plantations Could Help Preserve Amazon

In Brazil, Palm Oil Plantations Could Help Preserve Amazon In recent years, palm oil development in Malaysia and Indonesia has devastated tropical forests there. With Brazil on the verge of its own palm oil boom, can sustainable cultivation of the crop actually help save the rainforest, rather than hastening its destruction? by rhett butler The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations across Malaysia and Indonesia has left a wide swath of destruction through some of the planet’s most extensive and important rainforests. Now, with Brazil announcing plans to dramatically scale-up palm oil production in the Amazon, could the same fate befall Earth’s largest tropical forest? The stakes are enormous, as the Brazilian Amazon contains an estimated 850,000 square miles suitable for palm oil plantations — an area four times the size of France. By comparison, Indonesia and Malaysia, ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/in_brazil_palm_oil_plantatio...

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