What do they have in common African elephants and the rainforests of South America?
The answer is very simple, and not only is that both are being eliminated from the face of the earth at an alarming rate.
In recent years the industrial and economic development worldwide is threatening our ecosystems and leading to the extinction of many species, including African elephants, which constantly hunted by humans looking for ivory.
Despite bans on international trade of elephant ivory has not succeeded in stopping the slaughter of these mammals, and the demand for polished-ivory is reducing these animal species everyday.
Across the Atlantic Ocean, in a land once connected to Africa, there is another kind of slaughter. In Central and South America, the destruction of the rainforests amounts to about 50 acres per minute, an area roughly the size of West Virginia each year.
The burning of the forest for agriculture and livestock is directly responsible for the extermination of hundreds of plant and animal species each year. Plantations of exportable products such as fast-growing pines, rubber, bananas, coffee and livestock .
However, this is not the only thing these two poles have in common. There is an element that nature has made available to the man and is called ivory. In both cases one can help the other, in what way? In the jungle of South America there is a plant called Phytelephas aequatorialis, better known as eco ivory TAGUA.
Tagua could help preserve the elephants, as their fruit would replace the ivory of the animal’s horns. It would be possible to reduce the killings and according to an environmental group based in Massachusetts called Cultural Survival, natural products rainforest as eco ivory can generate up to five times the income of the banana plantations and cattle ranching.
This means then that would be the business tagua century, with a positive environmental impact.