Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nothing green could look less like the natural forest

Sinar Mas Palm Oil Plantations

There is something about the relentlessly orderly, geometric pattern of corporate palm oil plantations that emphasizes their vast size and alien nature.  The snowflake-shaped crowns of the young palms, pointed skyward in perfect rows, appeared like velcro waiting to snag the cottony clouds above.

Nothing green could look less like the natural forest it had replaced.  Forest canopy, with trees of different colors, sizes, shapes, have winding streams instead of straight canals and irregular gaps and spaces instead of rows.  And, beneath the canopy they host a world-class diversity of plants and wildlife instead of a strict, unnatural monoculture


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