Cacao plantation ramping up forest clearing in Peru

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MAAP13_Tam_13e_b_m_v31-1006x600The last few months have been busy on a cacao plantation in northern Peru, where, despite a nine-month legal suspension of farming activities, satellite imagery shows that United Cacao’s subsidiary has notched up forest clearing since June 2015. The Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project, or MAAP, released two sets of images this week revealing the removal of 126 hectares of forest in the past two months from the company’s property, where crews are developing a plantation to grow the raw material used in chocolate. The uptick follows seven months of relative inactivity on the plantation, during which only 24 hectares of forest was cleared. Read Full Story