The Wealth of the Forest
Purchasing Rainforest Products Keeps it Alive!
Promoting the use of these sustainable and renewable sources could stop the destruction of the Rainforests. By creating a new source of income from harvesting the medicinal plants, fruit, nuts, oil and other sustainable resources, the rainforests is more profitable alive than cut and burned.
The Amazonian Rainforest covers over a billion acres, encompassing areas in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and the Eastern Andean region of Ecuador and Peru. If Amazonia were a country, it would be the ninth largest in the world.
The latest statistics show that rainforest land converted to cattle operations yields the land owner $60 per acre and if timber is harvested, the land is worth $400 per acre. However, if these renewable and sustainable resources are harvested, the land will yield the land owner $2,400 per acre.
Sufficient demand of sustainable and ecologically havested 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.