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Malaysia has been on a durian craze…

From durian beer, durian frappes, durian burgers, durian pizzas, even durian flavoured condoms!

The popularity of the fruit skyrocketed with China catching the durian-bug, to a point of even flying tonnes of em over in private jets.

But how are we keeping up with the demand for these thorny treasures?

The short answer = PLANTATIONS.

And how do these plantations pop up?

Whelp, conservationists are worried that the king of fruits fame might come at the expense of Malaysia’s rainforests.

The fruit which used to be planted in family orchards and small kebuns are now being taken over by big money corporations who are bent on turning a profit, clearing away land in order to do so.

Tree huggers from the Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) cautioned that this industrial durian-lution is destroying the country’s jungles.

According to global nature watchdog Global Forest Watch, 12 million hectares of tropical forests were lost in 2018, with Malaysia high on the charts biggest losers.

And with the government aiming for a 50% jump in durian exports by 2030, the fear of indiscriminate deforestation is rather real.

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TRCRC sees durian as the next big threat to the nation’s depleting forests and jungles if there are no checks and balances in place.

Though Malaysia is making efforts to reform its ancient forestry laws, a huge change in attitude is needed if we are to protect our TRUE national treasures.

(Image Credit: WWF Blog UK)

Let’s hope to be mindful of the planet instead of just our pockets as we move towards the future.

(China’s love for durians ‘next big threat’ to Malaysian rainforest, expert warns)
(The World Lost a Belgium-sized Area of Primary Rainforests Last Year)
(Durian set to become Malaysia's next major export on demand from China)

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