In terms of medicine, the benefits of forests are immense.
Rain forests provide 25 percent of drugs currently used by Western pharmaceutical companies.
Over 70 percent of the plants identified as active in fighting cancer originated in the rain forests, including periwinkle, which has significantly reduced childhood leukemia.
that have powerful supporters in the Western governments.
However, everybody seems to see only one side of the argument, because whenever you hear anything about it, it is about evil businessmen destroying the lungs of the Earth, or corrupt government officials being so terrible as to let it happen.