Indonesia and Australia
Pascale Harter introduces dispatches from BBC correspndents around the world, showcasing their own experiences, insights and adventures. In this edition, two takes on sustainable and unsustainable living in Australasia. Over the last 25 years Rupert Wingfield Hayes has seen Sumatra's landscape change drastically, from coast-to-coast rainforest to vast monoculture plantations of oil palms. On his most recent visit, the city of Pekanbaru was swathed in smoke from the now-annual burning of the forest to clear lands for more farming. It doesn't only cause harm to wildlife, but wastes some of the island's vast peat bogs as well. But who's responsible? Meanwhile, in Adelaide and Sydney, food writer and gourmet Fuchsia Dunlop learns why Australians are still so squeamish about sauteing Skippy (or any other kangaroo). Marsupial meat is plentiful, tasty and does far less environmental damage than beef - but still, few people are prepared to eat it ... and the majority ends up exported to Russia!