Amazon Rainforest's Trees Will be Microchipped Just Like Your Dog

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If a tree has been cut down and there aren't any witnesses, was it really cut down? So goes the thinking behind the group of people tagging Amazon rainforest trees, who wish to stop illegal logging for good.

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Implanting a microchip into the base of a tree will help determine where the wood has come from—so if it's been illegally logged and sold on, the buyers will know. Details such as the exact location where the tree was planted, the size of it, and even who cut it down will be ingrained in the microchip. [Reuters via Treehugger]

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Now we can all feel better that we put a bunch of poor amazonians out of work so that we can feel good about ourselves. "Don't clear that section of forest so that you can farm and feed your family! I have to buy plastic crap from China and then offset my guilt by 'saving trees.'"