More than 300 million palm fronds are harvested each year for consumption in the United States, mostly for Palm Sunday worship and floral displays for church-related events, according to Lutheran World Relief. But the overproduction of palms threatens forests and the livelihoods of families who harvest palms in Guatemala, Mexico and other areas, according to the organization.
Payment is based on volume, so harvesters are motivated to gather a large number of palms, ris...
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