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The myth of tree plantations

Excerpt: "..."Tree plantations help alleviate pressures on natural forests,
thereby contributing to halt deforestation." The wording may slightly
differ from forester to forester and from plantation company to
plantation company, but the above is repeated over and over again to
convince the public that tree plantations are good and should be
further supported and promoted if we wish to save the world's
forests. The above may be true in some cases, particularly where local
communities have planted trees to serve their own needs, but it is
totally untrue when it comes to large-scale fast-growing tree
monocultures. As this latter type of plantations spread at an
increasing rate all over the world, deforestation continues unabated
or even increases..."

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