How to Save Tropical Rainforests: Medicinal Plants, by Rhett Butler. Plants have broader uses than as just food and a genetic reservoir. Increasingly, rainforest plants, and to a lesser extent rainforest animals, are the source of compounds useful for medicinal purposes.
How to Save Tropical Rainforests: The Harvest of Sustainable Forest Products, by Rhett Butler. Numerous forest products can be collected in a renewable fashion on a small scale by local people. Although we must still overcome ignorance of sustainable forest products and difficulties of distribution, harvesting forest products without destroying the forest can be more profitable in the long term than converting forest land for low intensity cattle pasture or marginal subsistence agriculture.
A member of the Rabari tribe in Rajasthan, India, posing in traditional finery for a photograph by Jimmy Nelson, who is making a big impact with material on show as a result of his new book *Before They Pass Away*, purportedly providing a snapshot of remote tribes as they are, currently.
How to Save Tropical Rainforests: Medicinal Drugs / Rainforest Cures, by Rhett Butler. Some organizations are trying to prevent the loss of medicinal knowledge when indigenous elders die. The Terra Nova Rainforest Reserve is the first ethnomedicinal forest reserve designed to ensure that medicinal plants will be available for local use. The reserve encourages the use of such plants and has also implemented a program teaching youths about uses of medicinal plants so this knowledge will not…
In 1491, publisher Jacob Meydenback compiled earlier writings into the Hortus Sanitatis, a catalogue of hundreds of plant species and their uses, including those of the poisonous mandrake. At the time, many believed that mandrake roots resembled the human figure and possessed magical powers including the fatal scream fictionalized in Harry Potter. Historical botanists and physicians also recognized the mandrake’s medicinal value and sometimes used small doses of the plant as an anesthetic.