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Sci Tech    H4'ed 8/28/17

16 years after tons of orange peels dumped in deforested area: a Miracle

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In 1997, two ecologists had an idea for a local orange juice company in Costa Rica — little did they know, their idea would lead to a discovery of a lifetime.  

The pair told the company if it donated a piece of completely unspoiled, forested land, then it could dump their discarded peels and pulp in a heavily grazed and deforested piece of land. The company agreed, dumping over 12,000 metric tons orange 'waste' onto the land. 16 years later, when the 'wasteland' was revisited, ecologists found a miracle.

There was better soil, a healthier forest canopy & large, strong trees.

Their game changing research essentially concludes that a secondary forest growth, one that grows after the first is torn down, is crucial to slowing down climate change. 

They have found that new-growth forests absorb and store carbon in the atmosphere at 11 times the rate of an old-growth forest.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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