New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rain Forests

nytimes.com/2009/01/30/science/earth/30forest.html?_r=1&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

**New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rain Forests **

CHILIBRE, Panama — The land where Marta Ortega de Wing raised hundreds of pigs until 10 years ago is being overtaken by galloping jungle — palms, lizards and ants.

Instead of farming, she now shops at the supermarket and her grown children and grandchildren live in places like Panama City and New York.
Here, and in other tropical countries around the world, small holdings like Ms. Ortega de Wing’s — and much larger swaths of farmland — are reverting to nature, as people abandon their land and move to the cities in search of better livings.

These new “secondary” forests are emerging in Latin America, Asia and other tropical regions at such a fast pace that the trend has set off a serious debate about whether saving primeval rain forest — an iconic environmental cause — may be less urgent than once thought. By one estimate, for every acre of rain forest cut down each year, more than 50 acres of new forest are growing in the tropics on land that was once farmed, logged or ravaged by natural disaster.

And, of course, the environmentalists are thrilled about this - NOT!!

Where do you all find these cool articles ?:slight_smile:
Really interesting.This is also true re. small abandoned farms in the Eastern U.S. that have reverted back to forest.Supposedly-at least according to a professor we had in college-there’s actually more forested land in the US than in 1900.
The only thing I might wonder about is whether the type of regrowth in tropical climates would approximate the original forest as far as species of trees, etc.?

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