Essay on Are Forests Essential Places For Therapeutic Plants?

1722 Words Dec 6th, 2016 7 Pages
Forests are essential places for therapeutic plants to develop. In the long run these can be utilized as a part of medicinal research. Forest degradation has enormously reduced the accessibility of therapeutic plant species in the Brazilian Amazon. As of today, 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest materials, yet just 1% of plants of the Amazon have so far been tried. Currently, over 120 drugs come from plant-derived sources. Of the 3000 plants identified by the US National Cancer Institute as active against cancer cells, 70% come from rainforests. It is important to know that many of the plants that are being affected due to harvesting do not have pharmaceutical alternatives, as of yet (Farnsworth NR, 1985). In Amazonia, people from all socioeconomic backgrounds use medicinal plants to treat diseases, primarily due to the low price, cultural relevance and efficacy. The degradation of the Amazonian forests will likely result in the disruption in Brazil 's healthcare, and will also destroy the hundreds of other potential medicine that may have been discovered and pharmaceutically linked.
Forests are on an increasingly high degradation rate, and this will impact the whole pharmaceutical industry. The management of forests is also a direct factor to the cause. Forest degradation occurs due to numerous reasons. Fires in the forest: fires are unexpected, and may start at any time. Human accidents or natural factors may ignite the fire. The biodiversity is the…

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