The FSC loves Eucalyptus and destroys rain forests

In recent days, you might have seen web adverts for investing into Brazilian eucalyptus plantations, even on social oriented sites. While the investment may sound financially attractive it presumably involves several ethical hazards.

Eucalyptus plantations are responsible for a variety of enviromental and social problems in South America: Eucalyptous plantations play an important role in the destruction of rainforests, better not invest into eucalyptus plantations, espcially in Brazil. Even relying on a certification by the Forest Stewardship Council is difficult, as they are renowned for cooperating with (being corrupted by) eucalyptus and pine plantation owners

Do not trust products endorsed by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the international certification organization for forest management. The reason for this is that industrial monocultures like eucalyptus plantations also receive the FSC-seal. Yet eucalyptus plantations cause deforestation of rainforests, subsequently causing indegiuonous people to be removed from the plantations, paving the way for the forest land to be sold in concessions to multinational paper pulp industries.

The FSC co-operates and enables multi millionaire companies to degrade rain forest and natural habitat which subsequently involves forced evictions of thousands of poor ethnic indians and the destruction and declasification of these rain forests, so that they can be exploited by Government and profiteers.

“We no longer want to bear the fact that industrial monocultures receive a ‘green fig leaf’ by the FSC”

Monoculture eucalyptus plantations are advancing over vast areas of the country, occupying traditional peoples’ territories, displacing them, evicting people from rural areas, thus contributing to the creation of poverty belts, with the context of violence and criminality these necessarily imply. And as if this were not enough, they also have their quota of bloodshed.

At 9 o’clock on the evening of 26 February 2007, in the North of Minas Gerais, an armed guard of the V&M FLORESTAL Company – a company that has planted thousands of hectares of eucalyptus in the area – cravenly murdered Antonio Joaquim dos Santos, a 32 year-old farmer and extractivist, who was married and had four children. Joaquim and his daughter Eudisleia were on their way home after gathering firewood for domestic use. Two of V&M’s armed guards, Claudinei and Joãozinho de Carmina, grabbed Antonio Joaquim, tied him up, hit him and then fired two shots into his mouth, all in front of his daughter. This happened in a eucalyptus plantation certified by FSC, which supposedly guarantees management aimed at “maintaining or enhancing the long-term social and economic well being of forest workers and local communities.” According to community members, Antonio Joaquim was gathering firewood from his brother’s property, from where he was taken by the guards who dragged him to the V&M area.

Think how funny, that Green Companies and NGOs and many Government departments (plus the duped public) rush to buy FSC paper, without knowing or caring that it has become a corrupt umbrella figure for promoting mono culture paper pulp plantation expansion in virgin rain forests. How Sick Is That?



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One Response to The FSC loves Eucalyptus and destroys rain forests

  1. gavinpandion says:

    I’ve read about eucalyptus plantations being endorsed as carbon trading ventures in developing countries, especially now that Africa has a carbon trading stock market (Africa Carbon Exchange in Nairobi). Fast growing trees like eucalyptus are considered the best bet for carbon sinks in the emissions-credit trading markets. But to see rainforest cleared for the sake of eucalyptus monoculture is just awful. Thanks for sharing this alert on the corruption of the Forest Stewardship Council. My family used to maintain a very small tree farm in Oregon, but our goal was to weed out the introduced species (a fir tree that was considered more profitable because it’s faster growing) and restore the native species while maintaining a wooded landscape throughout the property. But in general I just don’t trust the forestry sector at all for claims about responsible natural resource management, because I’ve driven past pine monoculture in the northwest before and it’s obviously not a woodland environment, it’s a crop system unlikely to provide even a fraction of the previous wildlife habitat, not to mention being an eyesore.

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