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Why is the rainforest so valuable?

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Why is the rainforest valuable? The rainforest is valuable because many medicines are derived from it here are some facts; Fifty percent of the medicines used in the world every day come from rain forest plants. And 25% of all prescription drugs have their origins there too. The corn plant originally came from Mexico and South American rain forests. Orange juice, tea, eggs, rice and bananas all originated from plants and animals of Asian rain forests. Over 50% of the fruits regularly eaten come from tropical rain forests. At least 80% of the developed world's diet originated in the tropical rainforest. Its products include fruits like avocados, coconuts, figs, lemons, grapefruit, guavas, pineapples, mangos and tomatoes; vegetables including potatoes, winter squash and yams; spices like black pepper, cayenne, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar cane, turmeric, coffee and vanilla and nuts including Brazil nuts and cashews. ...read more.


The government, companies and families need money to solve debts, make profits and feed everybody respectively. The simple fact is that the rainforest is being destroyed for the income and profits it yields. Money makes the world go around in South America and even in the rainforest. But this also means that if landowners, governments, and those living in the rainforest today were given a good reason not to destroy the rainforest, it could and would be saved. And this viable economic alternative does exist, and it is working today. Many organizations have demonstrated that if the medicinal plants, fruits, nuts, oils, and other resources like rubber, chocolate, and chicle (used to make chewing gums) are harvested sustainably, rainforest land has much more economic value today and more long-term income and profits for the future than if just timber is harvested or burned down for cattle or farming operations. ...read more.


The real solution to saving the rainforest is to make its inhabitants see the forest and the trees by creating a consumer demand and consumer markets for these sustainable rainforest products, the markets that are larger and louder than today's tropical timber market, markets that will put as much money in their pockets and government coffers as the timber companies do, markets that will give them the economic incentive to protect their sustainable resources for long-term profits, rather than short-term gain. In conclusion, the rainforest is valuable in many ways and the world needs to understand that and think about where their furniture or food came from and think about using fair-trade for their food. The rainforest could be saved if the indeginous people and the local communities think about other profitable markets in which they could delve into. ?? ?? ?? ?? Christopher Bunney 9B Why is the Rainforest valuable? 1 1 ...read more.

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