While most media images dwell on forest fires, indiscriminate logging and the resulting loss of species, ‘Out of the Forest’ checks out a range of environmentally sound forest products. Not only are the products good for the trees but also they’re good for the pockets of the forest-dwellers – generating jobs in regions where there are few other ways to earn money. In Peru ‘Hands On’ travels deep into the Amazon to see how the Aguaruna people harvest Cat’s Claw, a medicinal bark. In Madagascar the secrets of perfect vanilla are revealed. In Ecuador we see how a fair trade organisation has trumped the Pepa de Ora or Bean of Gold market to become the number one exporter of cocoa.
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