Thursday, September 15, 2011

Biology: Monoculture Tree Plantations

I have to share this letter with someone and I couldn't think of any specific person to share with so I decided to put it on my blog.

Dear friends,

Monoculture plantations have been with us for many years, it first started with farming and the concept applied to deforested areas by replanting trees. However, I would not encourage monoculture tree plantations. It doesn’t mimic the atmosphere or look of natural forests at all since only one species of tree is planted over a large track of land. It is evenly spaced, and when they are mature, all the same height as they were planted at the same age and time. There is not much biodiversity in terms of providing habitats for other organisms. This might be considered a better solution instead of leaving a piece of barren land untouched but the negative impact that would influence lumberers to continue to cut down more trees of the natural forests which soon will be wiped out would be catastrophic. Everything will be man-made and require maintenance which shouldn’t be the case for nature. Monoculture trees can not regulate water supply or reduce soil erosion as shortly after they have grown, they will be cut down and uprooted. Fighting climate change should not be done through altering nature or falsifying it. It must be through a lifestyle change especially in the first and second worlds.

In addition, disease and disasters can easily destroy monocultures leaving little chance of valuable surviving crops for farmers to depend on. This shows that these resources are not to protect other animals but for our own greedy use. As the human population continue to increase, animal species will drop critically and trees will be cut down to the point where we only preserve a small amount of trees for their seeds to plant monocultures. It is highly unnatural and unhelpful in saving the planet since the cycle of planting and uprooting wears out the earth and changes too quickly and often for other organisms to survive in monoculture forests.

I hope you will consider what was said and further prevent the deterioration of nature to support the economy by changing your lifestyle.

Thank you.

Zoe Foo

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