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Friday, August 31

CorpWatch.org CorpWatch.org - Peru: Mining Companies Invade Andean Cloud Forests: "Manhattan has claimed 87,000 hectares in 97 concessions in the area. By comparison, the cultivated region of Tambo Grande is 50,000 hectares. The mining concession includes 27 percent of the carob bean, or algorroba, forest of Piura state, an economically important, healthful and ecologically compatible agricultural product. Carob beans become a chocolate substitute in products for the health food market worldwide." The title is a bit misleading because it had to see Piura's dry landscape as a forest but it may be an ecological term. Major mining digs on the western slopes of the Andes could break the delicate watershed.

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