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How Trucks Full Of Orange Peels Helped Regrow Costa Rica's Forest

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If you’ve ever had doubts about how compost can transform your garden, look no further than the illuminating tale of how a bunch of orange rinds revived a Costa Rican forest. That study—which spans two decades and involves a Supreme Court lawsuit, a juice company, and some intrepid researchers—provides deep insights into how we might resolve billions of acres of deforestation worldwide. It might just inspire you to go out and get a compost bucket for your own kitchen counter. 

It all started with a navel idea. 

Juice company Del Oro was just two years old when UPenn ecologists Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs came a-knocking in 1996. The husband-and-wife duo had come up with a novel idea.