Rain forests provide 25 percent of drugs currently used by Western pharmaceutical companies.
Over 70 percent of the plants identified as active in fighting cancer originated in the rain forests, including periwinkle, which has significantly reduced childhood leukemia.
The ecologists say that their development should be stopped, lest one day we can get into serious problems.
But we live in a civilization that simply cannot stop.
Tropical forests cover only 2 percent of the world’s surface but account for 90 percent of the world’s biodiversity.
The current rate of deforestation has led to the loss of 50 to 100 animal and plant species daily.The number of species of fish in the Amazon, for example, is higher than the number found in the entire Atlantic Ocean.In terms of medicine, the benefits of forests are immense.Forests, and the natural resources held within them, are essential for the survival of the human race.Forests contain a number of advantages for the planet Earth.Yet scientists have assessed only 1 percent of the trees in the rain forests for potential medicinal purposes, meaning that deforestation may lead to the permanent loss of lifesaving drugs.Much of the deforestation is due to an increase in population, slash-and-burn techniques to clear land for agriculture and cattle grazing, and logging for paper, wood, and fuel products.Forests act as a sponge, soaking up rainfall and providing a humid environment for plants and animals.As forests are cleared, water runoff and drought increase.More than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, essential for survival of the human race, originates in the Amazonian rain forests.Forests are also a significant source of food for the human species, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and even fish.