Birth of a weapon of mass deforestation

Because forests slow down the fast urbanisation of Indonesia, Urbanayat, a big regional construction company, has created the decachainsawmetre, the first weapon of mass deforestation.

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Urbanayat - The decachainsawmetre

Mimicking agricultural mowers, Urbanayat engineers have created a hybrid deforestation machine: the decachainsawmetre. Two 33 feet long/10 metres long thermal chainsaws fitted on each side of a traditional mower can tear to pieces any kind of plant obstacle as fast as lightening. These incredibly efficient razor-sharp blades will cut to the ground the equivalent of 70 football fields each day. Those will quickly be replaced by motorways, parks, business and shopping centres. Delighted by this superior productivity, a very happy Puang Hidayat said: "The grass does not grow where my decachainsawmetre has passed".

The urban development of Indonesia is through massive deforestation.

Campaign : Deforestation

Palm oil has become a key ingredient in many cosmetic and food products. It is the cheapest and most consumed oil in the world. Yet, palm oil plantations are nowadays quickly replacing the forests. And worldwide production is bound to rise accordingly with the high demand from emerging countries, like India and China, and from European countries becoming more and more dependent on biofuels.

Today, nothing is done to control environmental damages caused by oil palm industrial production development. However, the decline of peat lands and rainforests in Indonesia, world's first producer, shows that there definitely is a link between palm oil and deforestation.

Africa, birthplace of the oil palm, is now coveted by multinational food companies.
All the major food companies now turn to Africa in order to meet the world's ever growing demand. This development might be an economic opportunity for local populations. Yet, it might also endanger their livelihood, their environment and threaten the world’s climate.

Because profits go to international companies, like US Herakles Farms in Cameroon, and not to local communities, people will probably see their living conditions worsen despite promises. And this will affect the environment too as it will automatically be destroyed.

However, a non-invasive, non-industrial development is possible: cocoa and palm oil can be cultivated in agroforestry systems which have the added benefit of providing non-woody products (fruits, seeds) and food. Cocoa needing shade, farmers can keep those precious trees on their farmland and guarantee the continuity of forests. This provides food and protects the natural environment.

Deforestation is an environmental and social catastrophe on each continent. We have to fight to prevent the forest from being sacrificed to productivity.