multicoloured nets used to harvest olives are spread out under olive trees near the french village of castagniers, north of nice. the village’s 11,000 hectares of olive groves produce 241 tons of olive oil annually. the harvest period starts in november and usually ends in march. photos by eric gaillard
greenpeace has released photos* taken february 23 and 24, 2014 in central kalimantan province on indonesia’s borneo island — site to some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet — which show the destruction of rainforest home to endangered tigers and orangutans. there has already been an 80 percent loss of habitat in the last twenty years.
greenpeace has laid blame at the feet of procter and gamble, who knowingly purchase palm oil from palm tree plantations grown on the razed land (last photo). the palm oil is used in such products as crest toothpaste, head and shoulders and pantene shampoo, christina aguilera perfume, clairol and cover girl make up and gillette shaving gel.
"the maker of head & shoulders needs to stop bringing rainforest destruction into our showers. it must clean up its act and guarantee its customers that these products are forest friendly," said bustar maitar, head of the indonesian forest campaign at greenpeace international. these sentiments are echoed in a greenpeace media campaign targetting procter and gamble.
indonesia is home to approximately three percent of the world’s forests — which are part of a ring of forests along the equator known as the lungs of the world — yet deforestation in indonesia represents over a third of the total global carbon emissions from deforestation.
Why I don’t use palm oil in my soap and have found another emulsifier to replace palm stearic acid
This is an extremely well-designed root vegetable washer that was made by the farmers at the Abode. A hose is hooked up to the pipe at the top, and sprays water over the roots while they are being tumbled about by bicycle power.
These grotesque snapshots of meat will make you rethink our consumer culture. See more here.
These four wood engraving by Samuel Griswold Goodrich in Illustrated Natural History of the Animal Kingdom, 1859, are an early interpretation of dinosaurs.
MRI Scans. Passion Fruit, Banana, Star Fruit, and Pomegranate.
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The Gardener’s Daughter, by Arthur Hughes
The larger red-crested Woodpecker. Plate taken from ‘The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands’ (1729) by Mark Catesby (1683-1749).
Biodiversity Heritage Library