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5373: Re: 5367: Re: Modest proposal for eco terroism in Haiti (fw (fwd)
From: RIWILSON <RIWilson@maf.org>
Two answers to this problem of charcoal and trees.
Dr. Keith Flanagan, a veterinary working in Haiti, has developed a
simple machine that people can make substitute charcoal briquets with
using leaves, paper, anything like that. I have seen this system work
and we have had it demonstrated to our students. Some of them have
taken this system to their villages. Keith estimates it would save a
family 400 gourdes a month in charcoal using readilya vailable trash.
Secondly, Dr. Jerry McKenney has suggested that the mountains and
hills of Haiti be leased for 99 years. The farmers living on them be
paid the amount they would have made making charcoal as a salary to
watch and protect the trees that could then be planted on the
hillsides. Seems reasonalble to me, atleast it wouldn't be any more
wasteful than any other program that haas been tried here.