15% of Malawi’s tobacco is flue-cured, a type of leaf processed in brick barns in which hot air heats up the barn. Each year, a typical farmer in Malawi grows flue-cured on 2.4 acres and uses 10 chords of wood (36 cubic meters). Malawi has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world and tobacco growing is a contributing factor to the country’s deforestation rate. Images of tobacco-related deforestation in Malawi from June 2003.
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