The Evils of Eucalyptus
Ecuador’s Andean landscapes have been severely degraded with the introduction of extensive Eucalyptus plantations.
Over the past 150 years more Eucalyptus were planted than any other type of tree with 100,000 hectares throughout the Ecuadorian Andes, and 11 million hectares worldwide.
Eucalyptus presents a higher fire risk than any species and is an allelopathic* tree that:
- DEPLETES the water table
- CONTAMINATES soil with Eucaliptol resin
- DECIMATES native fauna by providing little food, water or habitat for endangered species.
* Allelopathic plant - an organism produces a biochemical that prevents germination, survival, & reproduction of other organisms