Winnie Hallwachs and Daniel Janzen came up with a remarkable idea back in 1997. Little did they know the effect that this plan would have?
They decided to contact a juice company in Costa Rica with a unique proposal. Winnie and Daniel asked the company to donate a piece of land that was totally untouched and deforested. If they made the donation, the area could be used to dispose of orange peels at no charge.
The area where the peels were going to be dumped had been seriously grazed. The juice company could not believe their good fortune and agreed to the deal as quickly as possible. After a year, a thousand trucks arrived. From there, the land was covered with over 10,000 metric tons of sticky orange peel compost. What happened from there was spectacular.
The land was left completely untouched for the next decade. Winnie and Daniel were sure to provide the proper signage, so that observers were 100 percent aware of what had taken place. Timothy is a graduate student who was asked to take a closer look at the land after 16 years had passed. When he went back to the compost area, he was unable to find the sign that had been left.
He strolled around for a bit in search of the subtle sign. After about 30 minutes, it became obvious that he was not going to be able to find the sign that Winnie and Daniel had told him about. Timothy returned to the same area after a week and there was still no sign in sight. The explanation for this phenomenon ended up being a simple one.
The ecosystem of the area had changed almost completely. The discarded fruit had caused a great deal of new forestation. In case you were still wondering, the sign could not be found because the vegetation was so thick. An adjacent plot that did not receive orange peels had all of one dominant tree species. Meanwhile, the area that had received the orange peels now had over two-dozen species of vegetation.
The soil was healthier and a new weasel species had appeared. New forest growth is crucial to stopping drastic climate change and the discoveries that have been made here are pivotal. While companies should not begin to dump waste as they wish, it is good to see that there is a way to help the environment and remove trash from our landfills.
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