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How can we make the rainforest sustainable?

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How can we make the rainforest sustainable? The rainforest is at the centre of a major conflict. One side is that of those who wish to protect the forest, and to leave it as it is naturally, and the other side is that of people who wish to use the rainforest to make a quick profit. The habitants of the rainforest are stuck in the middle of it all. The forest is their home so, obviously, they wish to protect and preserve it but they also wish to improve their style of living and to use its resources to find work. The solution to this is to manage the rainforest in a way that uses the resources carefully. Trees are thought of as a renewable source but they are only renewable when used and managed properly. At present nobody takes responsibility for the rainforest so the forest is not managed and is left open to illegal logging and conversion to other land uses. ...read more.

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Rainforest habitants can produce up to 5800kg of shelled corn and 4500kg of vegetable crops per hectare per year. Forest cleared for cattle ranching produces as little as 10kg of beef per hectare. Lastly, the habitants of the rainforest will die out, they cannot survive without the forest to live in. The following are effects that take place globally. Rainforests are crucial to the regulation of the world's climate. Without the rainforests the tropics will be come hotter and drier and the temperate regions will become colder. The rainforests are vital in the process of pumping heat from the hot regions to the cooler regions. Over 50% of the world's plants, animals and insects would be at threat if the rainforests were destroyed. With the forests go the world's gene pool which may be vital to future agriculture. Currently modern farming relies on just eight crops to provide 75% of our food. That lack of diversity makes modern agriculture extremely vulnerable to pests, disease and climatic change. ...read more.

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Industries such as rubber tapping, harvesting of natural oils and resins earn twice as much as cattle ranching and six times as much as logging and they do not harm the rainforest. If the people who live and work in the forests concentrated on industries like these it would help a lot of people and have major effects on the Earth. Many medicines and cures are yet to found from deep in the rainforest. If the rainforests were protected then, possibly, they would be able to find cures for deadly diseases such as Aids and Cancer. If someone would take responsibility for the rainforest then they could manage what takes place. This would put an end to all the illegal logging and conversion. They could also mark out national parks and reserves. If Brazil didn't owe as much money to foreign countries then it would not be so bothered about making such a big profit, this would create a balance between profit and conservation. ...read more.

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