Published on 30th April 2012 by

‘liquid gold’ destroying Moroccan heritage

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Moroccans have harvested the precious oil of the argan tree for centuries, bringing prosperity to the rural Berber people. But now the insatiable global demand for the oil is threatening this ‘tree of life’.

The argan tree not only sustains the local people of South-West Morocco, it is also key to the local ecosystem. But its miracle oil, known as ‘liquid gold’, is now a must-have for Western cosmetics and the booming demand is destroying the forest. “Without that tree, the whole population will migrate to the cities to find work.” With no simple solution in sight, the scramble for profit poses a bleak future for an ancient way of life.

A Film By SBS
Distributed By Journeyman Pictures
April 2012

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