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Forests and food


Árboles que producen nueces y frutos, en bosques naturales así como plantados ( agroforestería ). Para eliminar la desnutrición y al mismo tiempo luchar contra el cambio climático.

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© Margaret Badore. Two men harvest ramón nuts from the forest floor in Guatemala.

How forests can help to feed the world

by Margaret Badore

A new report shows how forests around the world can help eliminate malnutrition while fighting climate change.

Often, feeding the world’s growing population and protecting natural landscapes are pitted against one another. We know that much of the world’s deforestation, particularly in the tropics, is associated with the expansion of crops like palm oil and soy, as well as cattle and cocoa.

Yet a new report from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations shows that forests can play an important role in eliminating hunger and creating more food security. This is important, because protecting forests has been identified as a key and cost-effective means of fighting climate change. So, a better understanding of how forests help feed people may be…

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