What is a plantation

Plantation

These oil palms grow in a row in a plantation. In between there are hardly any other plants and therefore no variety of insects or other animals as in nature.

A plantation, in other words: planta ash, is a large area on which only a single plant species or variety grows. The word “planned” is used in the French language. It means plant. Often with plantation one also means the whole company that operates the plantation and sells the products.

Mainly coffee, cocoa, tea, bananas, oil palms, sugar cane and rubber grow on plantations. There are other plants that grow on plantations. We also have large areas of apple trees called plantations.

The first plantations existed in the Middle East as early as the 7th century. Special fruits grew on it, which the rich people indulged in. Even then, African slaves did most of the work. That was also the case later in the plantations in America and lasted until the end of the slave era in the 19th century.

Today there are no more slaves working on the plantations. But today's workers still do the same work day in and day out, some of which is very strenuous. They also often work under the scorching sun or in the rain. With that they usually earn little money at first. They are therefore also called “low-wage workers”.

Another problem with the plantations is the monotony of the plants. This is called monoculture. Nature doesn't know and like that. There are often few beneficial insects, such as certain insects or spiders, that suppress the pests that in turn eat the plants. The pests are often also fought with chemical sprays. The residues of these poisons can then also be found in our food.


There are also other search results for “Plantage” from Blind Cow and Ask Finn.

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