On our planet threatened by global warming, the Guaimaro, an immense tropical tree venerated by the ancients and original from Columbia, is revived more and more in Colombia. Featuring amazing properties, including its ability to solidify CO2 in the soil, this giant tree could fight against the climate change.
Guaimaro, scientifically known as Brosimum alicastrum, grows in areas from Mexico to Brazil. Depending on the country, it is called Guaimaro, Ramon, Campeche, Ojoche, Mewu, or Mayan walnut.
In order to revive valuable knowledge regarding this tree, Envol Vert, a Franco-Colombian NGO, organizes cooking workshops as the fruits of Guaimaro trees contain as much protein as milk, four times more potassium than bananas, as much iron as spinach, and four times more magnesium than Red Beans.
Guaimaro tree can keep CO2 in the soil, fighting against global warming and other climate changes
In Medellin, in Columbia, a city heavily affected by pollution, experts from around the world are gathered on the bedside of the whole planet, where the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will make on March 23rd and March 26th a report on the state of fauna, flora, and soils in the are.
The Guaimaro, an evergreen tree, balances acid soils, solidifies CO2 in the earth, therefore it can diminish the global warming. Even more, it does not release CO2 in the atmosphere after its death, as other trees do.
It rises up to 50 m and roots as deeply in the soil. This makes it resistant to both droughts and hurricanes. The Guaimaro can even resist wildfires.
The Guaimaro tree has faced massive deforestation
The lust for its wood, which is ideal for producing material for building houses and solid furniture, transformed Guaimaro into a plant species on the brink of extinction
“We are still facing a huge challenge related to the control of deforestation, although the deforestation has decreased from more than 282,000 ha in 2010 to 170,000 ha deforested in 2017,” admits the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Luis Gilberto. Murillo.
In conclusion, international NGOs are trying to increase the awareness regarding the Guaimaro tree which can fight climate change like global warming thanks to its unique properties to keep the CO2 in the soil.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.