Malaysia has been on a durian craze…
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.
And with the government aiming for a 50% jump in durian exports by 2030, the fear of indiscriminate deforestation is rather real.
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.
Let’s hope to be mindful of the planet instead of just our pockets as we move towards the future.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Akmal returns to the newly improved TRP to uncover cold truths and walk the fine line between deep and dumb.