Australian logging

Written by Jared Diamond

The Australian forest products trade involves a double irony, o­n the o­ne hand, Australia, o­ne of the First World countries with the least forest, is still logging those shrinking forests to export their products to Japan, the First World country with the highest percentage of its land under forest (74%) and with that percentage still growing.  Second, Australia's forest products trade in effect consists of exporting raw material at a low price, to be converted in another country into finished material at a high price and with high added value, and then importing finished materials.

Jared Diamond, Collapse, p.405.

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