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The State of Food and Agriculture 1958

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In addition to the usual review of the recent world food and agriculture situation, this year's edition of The State of Food and Agriculture also studies food and agricultural developments in Africa south of the Sahara, as well as the growth of forest industries and their impact on the world's forests.

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The growth of forest industries and their impact on the world's forests

Tabloid educators have familiarized most people with the fact that the timber from 50 hectares of forest is consumed by a single Sunday edition of a New York newspaper. A fearsome picture is thus created in people's mind of modern pulp and paper industries juggernauts relentlessly rolling back the forest boundaries and destroying man's forest heritage. Though this picture may contain a pal ticle of truth, it is on the whole false and inaccurate. Man made war on the forests long before the advent of modern forest industries. Woodworking industries in the modern sense date back less than a century with the introduction of the steam engine into the saw-mill. Even today it is not the giant modern forest industries which are making the most serious inroads in the forest ; indeed, in many parts of the world large-scale industrial exploiters of the forest are today setting a shining example of forest care and conservation.

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