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  1. She should get her facts straight. They don't eat trees, they eat dirt. See the 'Haitians Eat Dirt Cookies To Survive' video.

  2. Farmers and charcoal producers were blamed for the deforestation throughout the 20th century. But the destruction of the country’s old-growth forest began far earlier with French colonists who cleared the land for slave plantations and used the wood in the sugar-production process. After colonialism, forest laws in many parts of the world as well as the emerging environmental movement borrowed the legal and ideological template of colonialism, explained Robbins, the University of Wisconsin-Madison ecologist, and criminalized poor people’s use of trees.


  3. So it's not the Clinton's hooking up their buddies with lumber contracts, deforesting the land? It's the kids eating trees, huh? Ok. Got it.

  4. What she said was taken out of context. She didn't say Haiti was deforested because the children ate the trees. She referred first to the greed of corps. etc who cut down Haiti's trees for profit and then children come along who are starving to eat whatever is edible from the trees. Children starving will eat what is there to eat. Delgado tried to fit into her short time how children are starving in Haiti compared to DR. She did not say the children deforested Haiti by eating the trees. If you were doing more than being a mob to demonize, you would listen to what she actually said—ask who deforested Haiti—for profit. Find out who they are and direct the attention on them. Haiti is the only independent black nation in the entire region. They won their indepependence from the slave traders and plantation owners. That is why greedy u.s. and europe have been trying to starve Haiti to death.

    Can't believe you are demonizing this woman and taking her words out of context. She was trying to hip you to something—but you're clueless.

  5. I think she's just trying to draw some attention of the shameless west that's neglecting a starving nation suffering under the burden of a colonial past and unfavorable natural conditions, but buttheads will not get the message.

  6. Real reasons for Haitian deforestation (only if you have time to read, big text coming up):

    Nearly everyone has heard about Haiti's disastrous soil erosion. Haiti is a mountainous country. For the past 200 years people have been cutting the trees on their mountains without replanting. Now, when the rainy season comes with its four or five months of daily pounding rains, one can see the brown rivers torrent down the mountain sides and watch, helplessly, as Haiti's little remaining soil flows out into the Caribbean Sea. How has this terrible situation come about?

    There are four primary reasons for the soil erosion:

    The need for fuel.
    The need to earn a living.
    Lack of motivation to reform.

    Haiti has no fuel except wood. People cook with charcoal. This requires massive amounts of wood to provide fuel for 6 million people. Thus the demand on wood as a crop is the immediate cause of the denuding of the mountains of Haiti.

    The immediate motivation of much of the cutting is economic. Peasants are hungry. They have little available work. But wood is in constant demand as charcoal, or to sell to others to make charcoal. Peasant wood-cutters who do understand the soil erosion problem will argue that they have no alternative. They either cut and sell wood or they starve. Mainly they are right. Haiti suffers massive unemployment and most peasants have inadequate access to farm lands.

    Because of the problems of illiteracy and lack of education detailed above, Haitian wood cutters do not really understand the extent of damage their cutting does. These uneducated peasants have little sense of history. In their generation Haiti has always looked denuded like it does today. Thus to convince them that they are contributing to Haiti's misery by cutting the few trees which any one of them cuts, is not a very convincing argument. When compared with the alternatives of hunger or even starvation facing the wood sellers, the argument fundamentally makes no sense.

    There is little motivation for wood cutters to replant more trees. Mainly they do not own the land. They cut here or there as sharecroppers or renters, then move on to other lands. The land owners are often city people or more wealthy village folks and they do not keep a close watch on their lands. Were they to replant, it is likely that the neighbors' animals would eat the seedling trees since there is little forage left in Haiti. The land tenure system–the way land is owned and used in Haiti–provides little motivation to anyone to replant the trees. Of course, it is in the interest of the nation as a whole to replant trees. But, no individuals who own, share-crop or rent lands are personally motivated to do this costly and troublesome, and non-economic work.


    There you go, no starving kids chomping down trees in Haiti mentioned anywhere!

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