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Black woman carries basket full of acai fruits in the forests of Sao Raimundo Quilombo at Alcantara, Maranhao State, Northeastern Brazil. In a study of three traditional Caboclo populations in the Brazilian Amazon, acai palm was described as the most important plant species because the fruit makes up a major component of their diet, up to 42% of the total food intake by weight. In 2005, an article published by Greenpeace International stated that ?the tasty dark violet wine of acai is the most important non-wood forest product in terms of money from the river delta of the Amazon.? A 2008 Los Angeles Times article noted that while acai has been acclaimed by some sources as a renewable resource that can provide a sustainable livelihood for subsistence harvesters without damaging the Amazon Rainforest, conservationists worry that acai could succumb to the destructive agribusiness model of clear-cut lands, sprawling plantations, and liberal application of pesticides and fertilizer. In May 2009, Bloomberg reported that the expanding popularity of acai in the United States was "depriving Brazilian jungle dwellers of a protein-rich nutrient they've relied on for generations.