Grow food crops or plant trees? The binary dilemma of sustainable forest production and consumption

It’s 21 March 2022, and it’s International Day of Forests (IDF). How about a glimpse of uncomfortable reminders! Whereas forests cover 31 per cent of the earth’s surface, 32 million acres of forest are lost annually (almost the size of England). And yet; over 300 million people live in forests, 80 per cent of the planet’s terrestrial species live in forests,1 25 per cent of world’s medicine - including cancer-fighting drugs - comes from tropical forest plants, over 70 per cent of world’s total economy is directly or indirectly dependent on trees, and over 40 per cent of the world’s total renewable energy is from wood fuel.

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