Sunday, March 25, 2007

Palm oil trade is wiping out one of our closest relatives

The Observer 03.25.07 Five years to save the orang utan

The Orang Utan, one of man's closest and most enigmatic cousins, could be virtually extinct within five years after it was discovered that the animal's rainforest habitat is being destroyed even more rapidly than had been predicted.

A United Nations report has found that illegal logging and fires have been overtaken as the primary cause of deforestation by a huge expansion of oil palm plantations, which are racing to meet soaring demand from Western food manufacturers and the European Union's zeal for biofuels.

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In his zeal for biofuels, Bush's wooing of Brazil's Lula will effect the Amazon rainforests, too.

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