An American in the Amazon
In 1967... the Invisible Billionaire, Daniel K. Ludwig envisioned some of the catastrophic environmental effects of uncontrolled global population growth, and decided to do his part to reduce the rate of defforestation of natural woodlands tied to an increasing demand of pulp and paper products. An thus, Projeto Jari was born.
Unfortunately, establishing tree farms in the tropics is not an easy task. Neither for trees nor for people. Timber yields of Gmelina were poorer than anticipated in these conditions of soil and climate, operating costs were high, volume of investment astronomic, and short term returns modest. However all the needed pieces were set up for future profit, except the suitable trees. And then...
Daniel K. Ludwig died in 1992 at age 95. His legacy includes a share of profits in the Jari until 2026.
Simple Math for People Worried About "Evil" Eucalyptus Propaganda
- Eucalyptus plantations = 52,000 hectares (-3% of their landbase)
- Environmental recovery & preservation = +1,000,000 hectares (+90% of their landsbase)
Jari Eucalyptus plantations = 0.037% of Pará & Amapá; 0.06% of Brazil
- Soybean= 22,949,000 ha ( 2.69% of Brazil)
- Corn = 11,559,000 ha ( 1.36% of Brazil)
- Sugar Cane = 6,172,000 ha (0.72% of Brazil)
- Rice = 3,916,000 ha (0.46% of Brazil)
- Wheat = 2,361,000 ha (0.28% of Brazil)
(0.5% of Brazil, LESS THAN 1%!)
Navarro de Andrade, the man who planted 24 million Eucalyptus trees... or more.
KLABIN Industrial scale clonal Eucalyptus nursery: VIDEOTOUR
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