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Amazon Rainforest Facts
    #4453046 - 07/26/05 12:43 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

http://www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm

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* We are losing Earth's greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.

* One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries.

* Rainforests are being destroyed because the value of rainforest land is percieved as only the value of its timber by short-sighted governments, multi-national logging companies, and land owners.

* Nearly half of the world's species of plants, animals and microoganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to Rainforest deforestation.

* Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species dissapear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.

* Most rainforests are cleared by chainsaws, bulldozers and fires for its timber value and then are followed by farming and ranching operations, even by world giants like Mitsubishi Corporation, Gerogia Pacific, Texaco and Unocal.

* There were an estimated ten million Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest five centuries ago. Today there are less than 200,000.

* In Brazil alone, European colonists have destroyed more than 90 indigenous tribes since the 1900's. With them have gone centuries of accumulated knowledge of the medicinal value of rainforest species. As their homelands continue to be destoyed by deforestation, rainforest peoples are also dissappearing.

* Most medicine men and shamans remaining in the Rainforests today are 70 years old or more. Each time a Rainforest medicine man dies, it is as if a library has burned down.

* When a medicine man dies without passing his arts on to the next generation, the tribe and the world loses thousands of years of irreplaceable knowledge about medicinal plants.





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* 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 Amazon Rainforest has been described as the "Lungs of our Planet" because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recyling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

* More than half of the world's estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. One-fifth of the world's fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.

* One hectare (2.47 acres) may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of higher plants.

* At least 80% of the developed world's diet originated in the tropical rainforest. Its bountiful gifts to the world include fruits like avocados, coconuts, figs, oranges, lemons, grapefuit, bananas, guavas, pinapples, mangos and tomatoes; vegetables including corn, potatoes, rice, winter squash and yams; spices like black pepper, cayenne, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar cane, tumeric, coffee and vanilla and nuts including Brazil nuts and cashews.

* At least 3000 fruits are found in the rainforests; of these only 200 are now in use in the Western World. The Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.

* Rainforest plants are rich in secondary metabolites, particularly alkaloids. Biochemists believe alkaloids protect plants from disease and insect attacks.Many alkaloids from higher plants have proven to be of medicinal value and benefit.

* Currently, 121 prescription drugs currently sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. And while 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less than 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.

* The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3000 plants that are active against cancer cells. 70% of these plants are found in the rainforest. Twenty-five percent of the active ingredients in today's cancer-fighting drugs come from organisms found only in the rainforest.

* Vincristine, extracted from the rainforest plant, Periwinkle, is one of the world's most powerful anticancer drugs. It has dramatically increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its discovery.

* In 1983, there were no U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers involved in research programs to discover new drugs or cures from plants. Today, over 100 pharmaceutical companies and several branches of the US government, including giants like Merck and The National Cancer Institute, are engaged in plant research projects for possible drugs and cures for viruses, infections, cancer and even AIDS.





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* 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.

* 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.

* If managed properly, the rainforest can provide the world's need for these natural resources on a perpetual basis.

* Promoting the use of these sustainable and renewable sources could stop the destruction of the Rainforests. By creating a new source of income harvesting the medicinal plants, fruits nuts, oil and other sustainable resources, the rainforests is be more valuable alive than cut and burned.

* 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.





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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: Shroomism]
    #4453051 - 07/26/05 12:44 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I'd love to visit the Amazon at least once before I die.


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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: Shroomism]
    #4453054 - 07/26/05 12:45 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

thank you Shoom....

i wan tto live in one of those cool flats up in the canopy,sooo bad...

me and my xfeincee were going to spent some time in S,Africa,but she's my x now.haha


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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: RESTLESS]
    #4453063 - 07/26/05 12:46 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

You better go soon.. at the rate it's going there will be no Amazon rainforest in a few years..


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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: Shroomism]
    #4453076 - 07/26/05 12:47 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)



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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: Shroomism]
    #4453086 - 07/26/05 12:48 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

that's really sad....

the world is such an amazing place,and we cont. to fuck it up....


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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: Shroomism]
    #4453105 - 07/26/05 12:50 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

So sad  :crying: I'd love to go catch jungle fever.


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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: CaptainH13]
    #4453121 - 07/26/05 12:52 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: RESTLESS]
    #4453147 - 07/26/05 12:55 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

You guys should watch the show bullshit on showtime, especially the one about rainforests disappearing. It will make you feel better.


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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: mojav3]
    #4453156 - 07/26/05 12:56 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

i LOVE that show,but i never catch it....

it;s the funniest show i'v ever seen...


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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: CaptainH13]
    #4453203 - 07/26/05 01:05 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Estimated Annual Rates of Deforestation

Source---------------------------Annual Rate
Orr 1994-------------------------31.54 million acres (12.77 million ha)
FAO 1997-------------------------31.89 million acres (12.91 million ha)*
Friends of the Earth 1991--------33.59 million acres (13.60 million ha)
World Resources Institute 1991---37.84 million acres (15.32 million ha)
World Watch Institute 1998-------38.40 million acres (15.54 million ha){/sub]


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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: Shroomism]
    #4453216 - 07/26/05 01:07 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Let's start a shroomery fund and buy at least a 1000 acres of forest and all go visit and go crazy and find our own uses of the land. I bet land is DIRT cheap out there, literally.


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Re: Amazon Rainforest Facts [Re: flowstone]
    #4453230 - 07/26/05 01:09 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I'm down for a gourmet grow op, massive amounts of oysters and local variates, ship worldwide to pay for production costs. Natural ravines and waterways to supply water and a top ethno-biologist to make discoverers, a crew to fish the rivers and study aquatic life. Experts on all types of work and ways of life, in the amazon river commune that was not only fun, but made money without hurting the environment... Ya right, in my dreams


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