Posted November 13, 2018 05:33:00As the Brazilian nuts have been growing in Brazil, the government is increasingly concerned that they could be used to make the country a source of greenhouse gas emissions, a study says.
Brazil nuts, which are a staple food in the country and one of the world’s largest nuts, were once grown in a small corner of Brazil in the northeastern part of the country.
But the area is now shrinking, due in part to deforestation, according to the National Institute of Plant Ecology and Agroforestry.
Brazil has an abundance of the nuts, and the Brazilian government is concerned that the country could become a source for greenhouse gas emission because they are grown in the Amazon.
The problem, said Julio Nogueira, the president of the National Council for Scientific Research, is that the Brazil nut industry is heavily dependent on illegal logging, which has destroyed much of the forest in the region.
Nogueira said the government should consider creating an environmental protection zone for the Brazilian nut industry.
The government needs to focus on the problem, he said.
The Brazilian government has set aside nearly 10 million cubic meters of land for the nut industry since 2007.
The nuts are also a major export to China and the U.S., and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is also seeking to develop Brazil’s tourism industry.
Brazil produces nearly 30 percent of the global supply of nut nuts.
The government says it will start a project in 2019 to create an environmental area for the sector.