How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

In 1996, environmentalists Daniel Yatzen and Vinnie Hallwax appealed to the orange juice producer Del Oro with an unusual request: to donate production waste. Then the crusts and flesh of substandard oranges were unloaded on the site, at that time more reminiscent of the battlefield: it was a deserted and deforested territory of a national park in Central America.

A special sign was installed at that place, and then it was forgotten for a long 16 years. But nature has “worked” all this time, and a lot of orange peels have changed the ecosystem.

 

The photo above was taken immediately after bringing in 12 tons of orange compost. An ecological experiment in the Guanacaste National Park in Costa Rica has begun. Thus, scientists from the University of Pennsylvania tried to improve the condition of the soil in the part of the park that suffered from fire and overgrazing.

However, TicoFruit, a competitor to Del Oro, soon filed a lawsuit, stating that such an "experiment" leads to the pollution of the park. The project is closed. And only in 2013, scientists decided to look at the results of their experiment.

The first to place the discharge of crusts sent student Timothy. “You will see a big yellow sign there,” environmentalists explained to him. “It’s hard to miss.” Arriving at the place, Timothy never found the sign. Having received more detailed instructions on the phone, he made sure that all this time he was in the right place. It was just impossible to recognize him.

“It was hard to believe, but a bunch of orange peels simply changed the ecosystem,” he said.

Scientists have discovered an amazing thing: thick forests have grown on barren soil. To the left of the trait is the area where the crusts were dropped.

A thick forest has grown on the site of the dump. And if in the neighboring fields there was practically no vegetation, then there literally had to wade through the tropical thickets.

As it turned out later, the place where waste was unloaded in 1996 increased by 176% more trees than in the neighboring field.

For the next three years, researchers at Princeton University studied in detail the transformed terrain and compared the land with the one that was not covered with compost.The results were published in the journal Restoration Ecology. In the adjacent plot, where there was no orange peel, there was only one dominant tree species. Where there were crusts, thousands of plant species grew. The result of the study was as follows: secondary germination of the forest is crucial for slowing climate change.

It looked like this place in Guanacaste National Park before and after the experiment.

It was in such a random way that we managed to find a way to use industrial waste in order to return the rain forests.

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  • How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America

    How a bunch of orange peels changed the ecosystem in Central America