Rainforest is burnt or cut down for agriculture and exploitation of natural resources. The fragile, intricate system of biodiversity in the world’s rainforests is often irrecoverably displaced by monoculture plantations and vast grazing land. Farmers living at the edge of the forest often have no alternative to destroy their own country’s nature in order to grow food for survival. In sharp contrast thereof, butterfly farming enables the locals to make a living without destroying their rainforest.
A few square meters of space are sufficient for a butterfly farm that can support a whole family. These butterfly farms never have to be relocated and don’t endanger the soils fertility since butterfly food plants are natural and local plants. This allows indigenous people to grow their own business independently from large landowners, plantations and farms. As a result, these local people don’t have to burn down the precious rainforests anymore.
Since butterflies are naturally extremely sensitive insects, no pesticides or herbicides can be used when raising the butterflies or their food plants. Therefore, neither the environment gets polluted by dangerous chemicals nor is the farmers’ health endangered. Butterfly farming is the only way of farming which even necessarily requires to be absolutely environmentally friendly.
With every patch of rainforest that is not cleared carbon dioxide is saved and captured in the trees. Additionally compared to leather production, butterflies have zero emissions of climate gas and have zero waste created.
Normally plants like cotton, sugarcane or palm oil need a lot of irrigation. Since butterflies and their food plants have been living naturally in the regions we source from, no further irrigation is needed at all. During the processing no water is polluted by dyes or other chemicals because we use the natural raw material which already has the colours we love.
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