Friday, January 20, 2012

No to rubber?

I wonder when international NGOs will launch a boycott against condoms or rubber boots.....When you see the large scale land grabbing taking place for rubber plantations in the forest areas of Laos, you wonder a bit why oil palm and soya are bad and not rubber. There is apparently a global rubber boom that I wasn't aware of.
A recently established rubber plantation along the road between Vientiane and Vang Vieng
" Rubber production generates income for the Laotian state in the form of lease fees and taxes, albeit not as much as possible. For the rural population, it brings roads and thus better access to markets, but frequently costs them their land and thus their livelihood, and causes damage to the environment".read more

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