woensdag 16 april 2014

Do you know where your chocolate comes from?

Forest for A Living: Alleviating Poverty to Conserve Rainforests

POOR PEOPLE LIVE IN THE RAINFOREST. Well, okay, to be more exact: in the tropics, the poorest of the poor live in the rainforest. Because effective policing of these vast and extremely remote areas is impossible, rainforests are viewed as land "up for grabs" by people desperate to feed their families. Those same desperate people are the ones deciding the rainforests' fate. Whether they paid for land or not, most families lack legal title...and therefore access to the loans needed to create a sustainable livelihood. Sure, there are some variations, but the result is always the same: a rampant cycle of pathetically-paid timber extraction, with the lion's share of profit going to the middlemen.