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The Rainforest And You: The Benefits We Get From The Rainforest

Aug 17, 2007
Rainforests are forest locations that have very high rainfall measurements each year. The most well known rainforests are tropical rainforests found in Central America, Southeast Asia, parts of Australia and the Amazon region in Africa.

Rainforests play a very important role in our daily life whether we are aware of it or not. For example, two thirds of the world's animal and plant species live in the rainforests. Millions of plants, animals and insects are currently living in the rainforests of the world waiting to be discovered. The majority of natural medicines available on the market today come from tropical rainforests. Between 70 and 80 percent of the world's population depends on plant medicines. Hundreds of prescription drugs are made in some part from plants found only in the rainforest, also.

More than 20% of the oxygen in the world is produced in the Amazon rainforests alone. The Amazon Basin is also home to at least one fifth of the world's fresh water resources. There are an estimated 3,000 types of fruit that grow in the rainforests of the world. In the United States, only 200 different types of the available rainforest fruits are used.

As you can see, much of the world's resources come from our rainforests. Even the U.S. National Cancer Institute confirms that many of the plants in the rainforest are effective in fighting cancer cells. At least one fourth of the active ingredients in cancer fighting drugs can be found exclusively in the rainforests of the world. Several companies and organizations are currently researching plants in the rainforests as possible cures for viruses, cancer and AIDS.

A constant concern revolves around the destruction of the rainforests. Rainforests are destroyed so the trees can be used as timber and the land used for grazing cattle and for farming. However, due to the composition of the soil in a rainforest, the ground is not suitable for farming. Rainforests are much more useful to humans and to the earth if left intact. Valuable resources, such as plants, animals, fresh water and oxygen are destroyed and lost forever by rainforest destruction. The destruction of the rainforest is the leading cause of animal extinction.

The Amazon River alone is home to more species of fish than can be found in the Atlantic Ocean. Our rainforests are vital to every part of our life from the air we breathe to the medicine we use for a headache. The rainforests are one part of the earth that we shouldn't take for granted or let it be destroyed for lack of knowledge.
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