Rainforest facts

The good news:

  • The Amazon Rainforest covers over a billion acres and if it was a country, it would be the ninth largest in the world
  • More than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon
  • More than half of the world’s estimated ten million species of plants, animals, and insects live in rainforests
  • Around 20% of the world’s fresh water is in the Amazon Basin
  • One hectare (2.47 acres) may contain over 750 types of trees
  • 80% of the developed world’s common foodstuffs originated in tropical rainforest
  • 3000 fruits are found in rainforests but only 200 are now in use in the West


The not so good news:

One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second

  • Rainforests are being destroyed because the value of rainforest land is perceived as only the value of its timber
  • Nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals, and microorganisms in severe danger over the next 25 years because of deforestation
  • We are losing more than 100 plant, animal and insect species every day due to deforestation (over 50,000 species a year).

Source: Raintree Nutrition


  • Paul says:

    I would appreciate if you could link directly to the source. I have trouble finding evidence for the numbers with “Raintree Nurition” as only keyword (is this even correctly spelled?).

    Look forward to hearing from you.

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