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What Can You Do to Help Save the Rainforest?

By Fredrica Syren: 

The problem of deforestation in the Amazon is not new. But it has gotten much worse since the early 2000s, when Brazil’s government allowed substantially more farming in the Amazon as global demand for beef and animal feed increased. Is this a problem for us? Well, yes, because the Amazon, known as the lungs of our planet, provides 20% of the entire world’s oxygen, which helps stabilize the world’s climate. rainforest-challenge-6-728 (2)

 The rainforest plays a major role in reducing carbon dioxide because tropical forest trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen during photosynthesis, making protection oftropical forests from deforestation even more important. We must reduce emissions to levels needed in order to protect the planet against the worst and most expensive global warming impacts.

 There are many ways we as consumers can help save the rainforest. Here are some:

 greenpalm_logoBuy palm oil free foods and body productsDue to its versatility and inexpensive production costs, palm oil has become very popular. This has attracted negative attention from environmental activist groups because high demand for palm oil has led to widespread deforestation over the last four decades.

Drive a hybrid or electrical car—The increased demand for oil makes Brazil one of the top fifteen oil producing countries in the world, but more is needed. Drillers are looking toward the rainforest in their search for oil, so oil companies already have bought 70% of the Peruvian Amazon for the purpose of producing more. 

 Walk or bike to work—A great way not to use any oil at all and produce zero emissions is to get around by walking or biking. Plus, it’s beneficial for your health. A win/win situationJ

Don’t buy furniture or musical instruments made from rainforest wood—Not only is the mahogany imported from Brazil illegal, but it is also the cause of widespread lumber poaching across the Amazon BasinIt directly caused entire stands of forests to disappear forever, so always avoid buying mahogany as well as rosewood, ebony and other tropical hardwoods. Better options are products made with white ash, black cherry or maple.

 Donate to nonprofit environmental groups who are working on protecting the rainforests—These groups play a very important role in the fight for the preservation of the rainforest, and usually work with very little help and financial support. They work on educating the locals as well as the government in order to get tougher protection. They also are keeping an eye on multinational companies and are pushing for cleaner practices
beefEat less beef and only local beefIt’s a known fact that the beef industry has a huge negative impact on the rainforest, particularly in Brazil. The beef industry is responsible for trees being cut down in order to convert land into pasture for cattle grazing. It’sestimated that 70 percent of all the deforestation in the Amazon basin is attributed to cattle ranching. So the best option is, first of all, to eat less beef and, second, to eat only locally and organically raised beef as much as possible. These days we usually can buy beef at our local farmers market. rainforres alliance certified
Drink only sustainable coffee—Who knew that our morning cup of Joe can have a negative effect on the world’s rainforests? Just like palm oil production, coffee plantations also lead to deforestation. So select sustainable farmers coffee, and look for a “Rainforest Alliance” label to show that this coffee was produced under sustainable conditions.
rainforestMost crucial to all life’s survival on earth, the rainforest — along with the coral reef — is among the most delicate and most important ecosystemsWhen it comes to the health of our planet, we have no choice: we have to save it. The good news is that there is plenty we can do

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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