Herb Company Rainforest Projects
1800, there were 7.1 billion acres of tropical forest worldwide. There
are 3.5 billion acres of tropical forest remaining. We're losing 33.8
millions acres of tropical forest per year. That's more than the total
area of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island,
Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware combined - 2.8 million acres lost
per month... 93,000 acres/day... 3,800 acres/hour... 63 acres/minute.
1960-1990, 1.1 billion acres of tropical forest were cleared.
lost 91.4 million acres of tropical forest between 1980-1990 - almost
the total area of North and South Dakota combined.
100 species every day - 4 species per hour - due to tropical
deforestation.. At current rates, 5% to 10% of tropical forest species
will become extinct every decade.
50% of the Earth's species live in tropical forests.
forests contain 70% of the world's vascular plants, 30% of all bird
species and 90% of all invertebrates.
Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest, 70% of its plants and most of its 20
primate species are endemic (found nowhere else in the world) - 95% of
this rainforest has been destroyed.
species were found on one tree in Peru - the same number as in the
entire British Isles.
tropical forests contain over 15,000 plant species. There are 13,000
plant species in all of Europe.
that derive from tropical forest plants include: Curare (muscle
relaxant used in surgery), Diosgenin (birth control pills,
arthritis, asthma), Ouabain (heart medication), Quinine
(malaria, pneumonia), Emetine (bronchitis, dysentery), Vincristine/Vinblastine
(Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, other cancers).
2,000 tropical plants have been identified by scientists as having
Peoples of Nortwest Amazonia use over 1,300 plant species as medicines.
1500, there were approximately 6 million Indigenous People living in
Brazilian Amazonia. In the early 1990's, there were less than 250,000.
different Amazonian tribes are thought to have disappeared since 1900.
Now, the Good
In one year, one
acre of Rainforest is worth:
$60 per acre
Timber…… $400 per acre
Herbs…….. $2400 per acre
Company, in working with 14 indigenous tribes to sustainably harvest
the herbs, has already helped in stabilizing and preserving 300,000
acres of Rainforest land. We're working hard to continue to make a
difference. When you join us as a customer
or associate, you are helping in
giving a bright future to the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon and
keeping the Rainforest alive. See also the Rainforest Projects the Company is
currently involved in.
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