1. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
2. The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3000 plants that are active against cancer cells. 70% of these plants are found in the rainforest.
3. Rainforest plants are rich in secondary metabolites, particularly alkaloids.
4. The Amazon rainforest contains the largest collection of living plant and animal species in the world.
5. The number of species of fish in the Amazon exceeds the number found in the entire Atlantic Ocean.
6. One-fifth of the world's fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.
7. At least 3000 fruits are found in the rainforests; of these only 200 are now in use in the Western World. The Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.Please visit Raintree Nutrition for more facts:
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