FORESTS IN PERIL: Ginger greed behind vanishing Taitung forests

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/05/28
By Tyson Lu and Christie Chen, CNA staff reporters

No more than a year ago, the forests in Yanping Township in rural Taitung County

MERS-CoV  electron micrograph

MERS-CoV electron micrograph

were green and tranquil. Then suddenly, backhoes and bulldozers began marching up the sides of pristine hills and mountains in rapid succession, knocking down trees to clear land for ginger farming.

An employee at the Yanping Township Office, who can see one of the mountain tops from his office, told CNA that he sees the machines digging away every day, turning bamboo forests into land distinguished by its yellow soil.

“The plot of yellow soil land was originally one acre large, but now it’s over two acres,” he said.     [FULL  STORY]

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