The rainforests that so many of us enjoy are often undervalued. Though they comprise a great deal of land, they are in danger if we don’t work to protect them somehow. Spreading the word about the important animal habitats might just give rainforests and their inhabitants the support they need. Here are some interest facts about rainforests you may not have known.
8 Interesting Facts about Rainforests
1. One and a half acres of rainforest are lost every second. This is sad but true and just shows how much damage is being done to rainforests overall. Though there are vast areas of the world that are dedicated to rainforests, they are being destroyed at exponential rates. This is hard for some to believe and many are fighting to protect them when they hear this figure.
2. The value of rainforests is often valued in the amount of timber that it has. This is a short-sighted view by many in the developed world but is the way that many see it. Since timber is a necessary resource, many are looking to the rainforests for supply of this. Of course if they pull from the rainforests for this resource, then that means that they are destroying the land in and around it.
3. The Amazon Rainforest covers over a billion acres. We know that the rainforests cover a large amount of land, but we may not realize just how much. This covers a great majority of the South American land and runs through many countries in the surrounding areas.
4. About 80% of the developed world’s diet originated in the tropical rainforest. Though we may not necessarily use all of these resources anymore, this is where the modern diet originated from. Fruits like avocado and guava, vegetables like corn and sweet potatoes, and spices like black pepper and cayenne all derived from the rainforest. We have the rainforest to thank for much of what we eat and enjoy today.
5. About 3000 fruits are found in the rainforest. Though the modern and developed world only eats about 200 of the fruits that come from here, other parts of the world still rely on this source. Indians of the region use up to 2000 fruits that come from the rainforest and there is a great potential for more.
6. About 120 prescription drugs come from plants derived from the rainforest. The plant sources that make up the prescription drugs all derive from this source. Though they are heavily manufactured, the plants come from the rainforest and are therefore a big part of how these companies do business.
7. If managed properly, the rainforest can supply a great source of natural and sustainable energy. Though many don’t look to the rainforest for this resource, there is a great deal of potential for creating reusable energy. There are many different ways that the rainforests could play a role in this if they are in fact managed properly.
8. Nearly half of the world’s population of plants and animals could be destroyed if rainforests are not protected. Since there is so much natural wildlife that exists within the rainforests, it’s imperative to keep them safe. This is not an action that is happening right now, but if more people are educated this will hopefully protect the animals, the plants, and the land in these areas.
Rainforests supply so much to the world and we don’t even realize it. If we put a focus on protecting them, then we can really utilize all that they have to offer, and in so doing preserve the many animals that can only call rainforests home.
Mary Fred finds joy in covering environmental topics and potential course students will take when they enroll in an environmental science masters program.