Deforestation provides more land for agriculture, housing and the raising of animals, and it provides pulp for paper. Palm oil and latex are derived from forest trees and may also be harvested through deforestation.Continue Reading
Additionally, deforestation creates grazing land for cattle, room for commercial, residential and industrial development and lumber for furniture and construction. While not sustainable or good for the environment, slash and burn agriculture (the razing of forests with fire for farming) creates land free from weeds, and the ash provides nutrients for crops.
However, the negative effects of deforestation can outweigh these benefits. Deforestation leads to the loss of habitat for animals, climate warming due to higher emissions of greenhouse gases, soil erosion, flooding and the loss of land for indigenous people. Moreover, roughly half of the world's forests since 1950 have disappeared.Learn more about Conservation
Mother Nature Network holds that individuals and responsible companies are striving to stop deforestation by going paperless, planting trees, recycling, purchasing recycled products and looking for the Forest Stewardship Council certification on the lumber products they buy. However, deforestation is also being fought on a much grander scale by special interest groups, such as Greenpeace.Full Answer >
Combating deforestation requires different approaches, according to Greenpeace, such as introducing zero deforestation policies that require suppliers to produce commodities in a way that causes minimal impact on natural forests. Moreover, people can save rain forests by purchasing recycled and certified wood products.Full Answer >
Deforestation can be prevented through proper management and regulated harvesting, as well by reducing the demand for products and services contributing to deforestation, explains Greenpeace. However, this requires the cooperation of industry, governments and citizens to achieve a balance between the available resources and how to sustain them.Full Answer >
Some of the solutions environmentalists propose to stop deforestation include urging companies to introduce zero-deforestation policies, encouraging consumers to buy recycled or certified wood products and implementing forest policies. Individuals should purchase 100 percent post-consumer content materials and choose companies with eco-friendly purchasing policies.Full Answer >