Plant a million trees, but more so a million fruit trees
Some of the most inspirational quotes are about trees, a clear sign of their importance to the quality of our humanity.
“Trees provide us with many benefits necessary for survival, including clean air, filtered water, shade, and food. They also give us hope and insight, and courage to persevere — even in the harshest
conditions. Trees teach us to stay rooted while soaring to great heights,” wrote Herman Hesse.
Nelson Henderson contends: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
The American billionaire Warren Buffett says: “Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
Our National Environment and Planning Agency, to commemorate International Day of Biodiversity on May 22, 2017, set the target of planting one million trees by June 30, 2019. Disappointingly, only 7,000 trees have been planted to date.
But the laudable objective was to improve Jamaica's biodiversity, green coverage and resilience to the impacts of climate change. However, we suggest that it is even more important to plant one million fruit trees, for good reasons.
The production of the leading tree crops in Jamaica has declined over the last 20 years, notably all forms of citrus, especially oranges. Most of the orange juice consumed in Jamaica is imported from Belize.
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Trees bring biodiversity, soil fertility, a cooler climate, cleaner air, increased rainfall, fodder, timber, fruits, nuts, green vegetables, medicinal herbs, shade and many other unseen benefits for the survival of all life on earth.
Planting trees is the simplest solution to our present-day environmental problems.
Under the agro-forestry model, farmers are educated about sustainable land use that maintains and increases total yields by combining food crops and tree-based ones.
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