Trees are being cut for the production of wood and timber which are used in building structures.
They are also used as firewood to produce fire that will keep humans from the cold and wild animals.
Birds, bees, insects, and animals act as pollinating agents in the agricultural process, and many make their homes in forest environments next to farmlands.
Ironically, when we destroy a forest habitat for agricultural reasons, we eliminate one of the components necessary to yield successful crops.
In addition, 1.6 billion people depend on them to some extent for their livelihoods.
Some of the ways forests make it possible to grow the food we need Forests help regulate local weather systems, controlling how much rain and snow fall in a given area.
These organisms save farmers billions of dollars every year, and reduce the need for chemical pesticides.
Wild animals and edible insects from forests are the main source of protein for many people.
There is a reason why we often figuratively speak of ‘the tree of life’; forests are key to supporting life on Earth.
Eight thousand years ago, half of the Earth’s land surface was covered by forests or wooded areas. Forests are home to 80% of the world’s land-based biodiversity and billions of dollars worth of medicinal plants are harvested from tropical forests every year.