Nature Inc.: Series 2, Episode 5 - Standing Profits| 21mins
Director: Alexandra Posada | Producer: Dev TV
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: Switzerland
Poor people who cut down forests do so out of economic pressure, not ignorance. Mostly they clear the forest for smallholdings and firewood. At the other end of the scale, forests are razed for illegal timber and industrial-scale agriculture, especially palm oil, beef and soya. Deforestation contributes up to 20% of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. "Nature Inc." asks if this scheme is adopted will it make a standing, native forest as profitable as one cleared for other uses?