Bamboo has been a source of food for animal and man for a long time. In that time, some of us are more prone to eating it than others. For some animals, it’s their main source of food, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be picky eaters about it. The panda’s of Zoo Atlanta are bamboo enthusiasts. In fact, they eat about 200 lbs of the plant a day. You’d be amazed to find out that all of that bamboo isn’t shipped in from across the country. It’s actually locally sourced right from the Atlanta area. It comes from backyards that Zoo Atlanta’s bamboo team personally picks.
Byron and Cynthia Matteson have been growing citrus for a long time. They’ve made a lifetime commitment to growing it. However, the citrus market can be fraught with uncertainty. The couple recently decided that they need to grow another cash crop to help out. The crop they settled on was, of course, bamboo. This is Florida, they aren’t going to start growing corn anytime soon.
John Hardy is crazy about bamboo. They’re so invested in the tropical grass, that it planted its one-millionth bamboo seedling in Bali, the country that the company was established back in 1975. John Hardy makes artisanal jewelry that is purchased around the globe. They have several offerings for both men and women. Women might enjoy a simple pair of earrings to an elaborate bamboo necklace. Men can get rings or a pair of cufflinks for a night out on the town.
The poorest nation in the Western hemisphere and one that seems permanently mired in poverty, despair, and having to deal with one catastrophe after another, Haiti is a country whose many woes could be addressed with an ancient plant: Bamboo. Haiti has always been plagued by its location directly in the paths of one tropical storm after another but, regrettably, most of its problems are self-made. Overpopulation, corruption, political instability, environmental degradation, deforestation and subsequent soil erosion, are all among a litany of woes which have caused other nations to provide year after year of financial assistance to no avail.
In Haiti, even a modest rainstorm can trigger huge rock and mudslides which barrel down the steep mountain slopes and bury entire villages because there are few trees left to hold the soil in place. Once heavily forested with millions of trees gracing its mountains, experts from the United Nations estimate that only 1.5 percent of Haiti’s once lush forests remain. Most of Haiti’s trees are not cut down for cropland but for charcoal to fuel cooking fires. And after years of ignoring the problems only to see them worsen, Haiti’s political leaders have a new sense of urgency about addressing the problem. Mud and rockslides from tropical storms last August and September buried two of Haiti’s larger towns, Cabaret and Gonaïves killing hundreds and turning tens of thousands into refugees.
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