FOKO and the Burning Forests of Madagascar




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Photo Credit: FOKO

Before I tell you what FOKO is, let me take you through the dynamics of Slash and Burn. In the US and much of Europe managed timber lands has led to the increased forest cover in those countries, see Liberals Cannot See the Trees for the Forests and as I explained in Muslims largest Cause of Global Warming I am not one of those who believe that we are in danger of a cataclysmic Global Warming which will doom the Earth. On the other hand, I do believe that destroying rain forests raises the level of CO2 which will be problematic long term. That is to say the problem with Global Warming, to the extent that there is any, is not a problem with what the United States is doing, but rather on what much of the under-developed world is doing, mainly in the destruction of forests in their part of the world.

Ignorance and bountiful fecundity are the biggest contributors to slash and burn in the world today:

Through ignorance, deforestation occurs because of primitive timber exploitation, the uncontrolled range for livestock, the export of ornamental plants, and the insatiable need for more living space.

Unbridled fertility occurs because of misplaced concern for the suffering of peoples in the undeveloped countries by the developed nations. If we would only stop sending money, medicine and food to Africa, perhaps nature could help keep Africa's population to more humane, manageable levels. See For God's Sake - Stop helping Africa. Every day we keep an African alive, a tree somewhere in Africa dies, and with Africa's population growing faster than anywhere else, that's a lot of trees.

Here's a frightening headline [source: UnHabitat.org]

By 2050, a quarter of the Earth's people will live in Africa, up from 8 per cent in the 60s

Almost all of that unbelievable growth is due to the bleeding hearts in the US and Europe. Organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation add much misery to the world through their mistaken notion that helping the poor and miserable of the world is a good thing. Here is some of the nonsense they spread:

The foundation is guided by the belief that all lives, no matter where they are lived, have equal value. The mission of our Global Health Program is to encourage the development of lifesaving medical advances and to help ensure they reach the people who are disproportionately affected. We focus our funding in two main areas:

  • Access to existing vaccines, drugs, and other tools to fight diseases common in developing countries

  • Research to develop health solutions that are effective, affordable, and practical

If you were in a lifeboat that could only hold 10 people and there were 20 who were drowning in the waters around you, would you believe that all lives, no matter where they are lived, have equal value? Or would you pass them by, in a humane triage, for the sake of the 10 already in the boat?

Sadly, saving African lives only means more African mothers who will birth a half-dozen more African lives which lives will slash and burn the few remaining rain forests for their crops, their herds and room for their homes. We do not do the Earth any favors by saving more African lives. They contribute nothing to the improvement of the human race and in fact make the Earth more uninhabitable and life for their fellow Africans more miserable.

And so it is with sadness that I relate to you the misguided efforts of FOKO, four Malagasy bloggers who have merged their brainpower to help the Malagasy (people from Madagascar); their goal is to help the Malagasy people improve their quality of life without destroying the Forest while taking into account biodiversity. One of their goals is to try and plant 10,000 trees by next year. Another goal is to help empower their women by identifying commercial opportunities and setting up a portal to market their crafts and services. For these projects, they are looking for international help.

I think the best way to help the Malagasy is to keep their numbers down. Helping their women become more viable will only result in more Malagasy and consequently there will be only more slashing and burning. All those 10,000 trees planted will get burned by precisely the same people FOKO is trying to help.

What Madagascar and in general Africa desperately, humanely, precisely needs is less medicine and food and more sterilizations. With fewer people, they just might be able to get by with their meager resources.

If America stops sending in discount food, locals may for the first time in years find it economical to grow their own food, produce their own milk and process their own bread. Africa has the resources to feed itself if only we stopped sending them subsidized produce that is impossible to compete against. You've heard the expression "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." I say, "Let a man sell fish and he'll be able to buy steak."

Our subsidized food and especially our free, donated food has practically killed every local farmer in Africa. Now they are completely dependent on us for survival. It's time to withdraw the teat. Let the Africans grow and sell their own food.

Related:

BBC News,
18 Aug 2004,
India population 'to be biggest'

The Washington-based PRB [Population Reference Bureau] says the general trend will be for Western developed nations to decline slightly in numbers - the US being the major exception - while developing states continue to expand rapidly.

PREDICTED POPULATIONS, 2050


  1. India, 1,628m (2)

  2. China, 1,437m (1)

  3. United States, 420m (3)

  4. Indonesia, 308m (4)

  5. Nigeria, 307m (9)

  6. Source: PRB (2004 position in brackets)

The organisation says that at present "nearly 99% of all population increase takes place in poor countries".


You will note that three of the five largest countries have substantial Muslim populations.

We won't have to worry about a few measly suicide bombers when over 3 billion Muslims explode in 2050.

[Update: 2010 - Fortunately, the FOKO website and their project is now dead, I have a Wayback capture of it here. ]



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