The production of Argan oil is beginning to have noticeable environmental and social impacts. Argan oil production means that Argan trees are now seen as a valuable resource. Producing Argan oil has helped to protect Argan trees from being cut down. This has led to their preservation with a secondary impact on the environment. The Argan tree provides food, shelter and protection from desertification. The tree's deep roots help prevent desert encroachment. The canopy of the Argan tree also provides shade for other agricultural products, and its leaves and fruit provide food for animals.