Rainforest Facts

rainforestGoing…going…

  • Long ago, rainforests covered about 14% of the earth. Now? Only 6% remains
  •  20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest
  • More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live amid the rainforests
  • 1/5th of the world’s fresh water is found in the Amazon Basin
  • Just 2 and 1/2 acres of rainforest have 750 types of trees and 1500 species of plant life
  • More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects inhabit rainforests.  That’s more than half of the worlds species

The Destructor! Greed and Politicsparrot

  • Experts believe the rainforest will be gone in less than 40 years.
  • Deforestation occurs because of man’s need for lumber and to clear land for grazing cattle ( which is evidently more profitable)
  • Every single day 137 plant, animal, and insect species are destroyed
  • For the math minded that’s  50,000 species a year

Mother Nature Provides: Man Destroysjungle plants

  • As the rainforests are destroyed, so too are the cures for  countless diseases
  • At this time, 121 prescription drugs come from plants
  • This might blow your mind: Pharmaceutical companies get  about  25% of their ingredients from the  rainforest  AND YET ONLY  1% of the total of rainforest life has been tested!!

 

H hawkPeople of the Rainforest

  • 500 years ago there were approximately  10 million indigenous peoples living  in the Amazonian Rainforest.
  • Today, their population has plummeted to less than 200,000.
  • The knowledge of their shamans, who know the medicinal value and properties of the plants and creatures, will also be lost forever
  • The average age of a rainforest shaman? 70
  • Love fruit? The rainforest has  3000 kinds of fruits. The western world uses about  200.  Rainforest indians use over 2,000.

Got Cures?

  •  2100  cancer-fighting rainforest plants have been identified by the US National Cancer Institutejungle waterfall
  • 25% of the active ingredients found in cancer-fighting drugs come from rainforest organisms
  • Vincristine, found in Periwinkle,  a most powerful anticancer drug, is used to combat childhood leukemia
  • Just 30 years ago, US drug companies were no where to be found in the rainforest. Today, all the biggies –and even the US government–are researching the medicinal properties found in plants

 

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