Deforestation cuts down Brazil's Pinhao nuts

Almost 99 percent of the critically endangered species has been wiped out due to deforestation and climate change.

Photo by: TRT World
Photo by: TRT World

The Brazilian people have a culture and diet is rooted in the Pinhao seed.

In the south of Brazil, hundreds of thousands of people are braving near-freezing temperatures to celebrate one of the region's most important annual events - the Pinhao festival which celebrates the South American country's pine nut. 

This comes as the Araucaria trees - where the nuts are grown - are being torn down by deforestation.

 Michael Fox has more.

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