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An Idea For Rainforests

To reduce the national debt sooner, and deal with the looming entitlement shortages, we should write our elected officials to do the following: Have the US take, for a certain term, a 20% lease in rainforest land—or make an installment sale–for partnering with experts to show landowners how to harvest the rainforests many times more profitably (and sustainably.) This is discussed by the authors of www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm. The experts, of course, could take a similar lease or sale amount. Perhaps we can first give the landowners an advance and/or first demonstrate this with American rainforests like in Hawaii. (As for subsistence farmers, a practice called Inga alley cropping is discussed at www.rainforestsaver.org. Regarding the cutting down of trees for firewood, an organization known as Solar Cookers International obviates such need for perhaps $5 a person for 5 years. For any of the world’s lumber companies needing assistance in learning sound practices of selectivity without clear-cutting, we could make that knowledge available for a fee.)

by Alex Sokolow

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