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Drone company to plant 1 billion trees a year

Even though the method is not as good as hand-sowing, it is faster and cheaper

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A drone start-up company is planning on planting 1 billion trees a year without setting foot on the ground, The Independent reported Tuesday.

BioCarbon Engineering aims to use drones for a good cause especially that 26 billion trees are currently being burned down every year while only 15 billion are replanted.

“The only way we are going to take on these age-old problems is with techniques that weren’t available to us before,” the company CEO and former Nasa-engineer Lauren Fletcher said.

“By using this approach we can meet the scale of the problem out there,” he added.

Fletcher said that even though it is not as good as hand-sowing, the method is very fast.

He also said that he expects to plant 36,000 trees a day for only 15% of the cost of traditional methods.