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Under The Banner Of Progress: Brazil’s Largest Anti-illegal Logging Operation

Updated: Feb 21

In 2015, Brazil “produced” 136 million cubic meters of logs, worth about 250 million US dollars.

In Brazil, ‘timber’ and ‘wood’ are the same word: madeira. There is no distinction between the material and how the material is utilized — we don’t specify its utility in its definition. Wood is, nevertheless, utilized frequently all over the world. For those who don’t know, Brazil is the only country named after a tree. The importance of this tree, pau-brasil, is highlighted by the function of its timber, therefore, by its economic significance. The trunk is red, the sap is red; it, in a way, bled.

By Mirna Wabi-Sabi

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