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Monday, April 14, 2008

Mangroves in Eritrea

I just read a story about how Eritreans are now planting mangrove trees on their coast. By doing so, they create a food source for themselves (the mangroves roots shelter small fish and shrimp, which are then eaten by larger fish, which the Eritreans then catch and eat), and for their goats (which eat the mangrove leaves). The Eritreans also use mangrove wood for firewood. I really love stories like these, in which many problems -- lack of food, deforestation -- can be solved by a simple procedure.

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