The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s greatest natural resource – the most powerful and bio-actively diverse natural phenomenon on the planet. Yet still, it is being destroyed just like other rainforests around the world.
The problem and the solution to rainforest destruction are both economic. Rainforests are being destroyed worldwide for the profits they yield – mostly harvesting unsustainable resources like timber, for cattle and agriculture, and for subsistence cropping by rainforest inhabitants. However, if landowners, governments and those living in the rainforest today were given a viable economic reason NOT to destroy the rainforest, it could and would be saved.
Thankfully, this viable economic alternative does exist. Many organizations have demonstrated that if the medicinal plants, fruits, nuts, oils and other resources like rubber. were harvested sustainable – rainforest land has much more economic value than if timber were harvested or if it were burned down for cattle or farming operations. Sustainable harvesting of these types of resources provides this value today and more long-term income and profits year after year for future generations
This is no longer a theory. It is a fact and it is being implemented today. 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 landowner $2,400 per acre. This value provides an income not only today but year after year – for generations while still protecting the forest. Just as important, to wild harvest the wealth of sustainable rainforest resources effectively, local people and indigenous inhabitants are employed.