Profit Trumps people and planet in Brazil’s eucalyptus industry | Opinion

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Brazil is set to unleash several varieties of genetically engineered eucalyptus, which will worsen a bad situation. Valued for its termite-resistant wood for building purposes, pulp to create products like writing and toilet paper, and its oil, which has numerous health and household benefits, the eucalyptus tree generates big business worldwide. Native to Australia and Tasmania, the prehistoric tree has been planted in such volumes that eucalyptus plantations cover some 25 million hectares around the globe—larger than the entire land area of the United Kingdom. By 2028, according to forecasts…

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