We are losing Earth's greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value.
Experts agree that by leaving the rainforests intact and harvesting it's many nuts, fruits, oil-producing plants, and medicinal plants, the rainforest has more economic value than if they were cut down to make grazing land for cattle or for timber.
If managed properly, the rainforest can provide the world's need for these natural resources on a perpetual basis.
Sufficient demand of sustainable and ecologically harvested Rainforest products is necessary for preservation efforts to succeed. Purchasing sustainable rainforest products can effect positive change by creating a market for these products while supporting the native people's economy and provides the economic solution and alternative to cutting the forest just for the value of its timber.
Eating less beef burgers
would help matters tremendously! At the very least, only buy sustainably harvested
wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
(Adapted for educational purposes from www.rain-tree.com)