Bamboo Plantations in Central America

Many countries and institutions speak of their search for alternative resources, yet most of these hollow remarks seem to fall into a forgotten abyss. There are a number of alternative resources for a variety of field, but few have seem to attempt putting them into play – even a little bit. While the world faces massive deforestation, among other issues, these alternative resources are in great demand and the world stands in dire need of them.

Like most problems, it seems to fall upon the consumer. As money talks – and so do our wants – bamboo has become more than just a fad in today’s world. Bamboo products are truly a hot commodity around the United States and in other countries as well. Bamboo is being fashioned into homes, bamboo sheets, socks, shirts, siding, paneling, flooring, bamboo blankets, organic blankets, and much more. Even the many beautiful species have taken a hold of Americans, and some of those running species have taken a hold of their towns. Bamboo fills a variety of voids in our lives, but the reality is that it could be helping a lot more. Any of the short coming associated with bamboo’s production processes can be credited to the lack of interest from the brilliant minds of the world. They spend their time working with the status quo, like cotton, (that vile crop that drowns its sorrows with chemicals near daily) when they should be exploring the processes and applications of sustainable resources like bamboo.

Being up to the direction of the private sector, one Chicago based company has taken a deep interest in bamboo – a company after my own heart. They have analyzed the demand and abilities of bamboo and found a suitable location for its propagation. EcoPlanet Bamboo has been busily buying run-down farms in Central America for the purpose of turning them into bamboo plantations. In the poorer countries of the world, these multi-thousand acre lots will provide hundreds of jobs and its harvest will indirectly result in countless more. With America’s increasing demand for bamboo, only one nation has shouldered any of the supply loads, China. Not that they mind, it’s one of the many reasons why their country is rich. Bamboo is almost exclusively grown, fashioned, and exported from China. But with EcoPlanet Bamboo’s plantations, maybe some of the bamboo products will be made in the Western Hemisphere. These poor countries will not only benefit from the full time jobs that these plantations will create, but their nations will bring in a lot of profit from the great increase in exports. Their countries will be beautified by the bamboo and their air will be much cleaner because of it.

Bamboo Forest

Bamboo can be a saving resource to many countries.  The more eco-friendly choices that we, the consumers, make, the more our demands will drive companies to fulfill them. You can’t blame the corporations for not supplying eco-friendly products if nobody will pay for them. If we all shopped at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Farmer’s Markets for the next month, I think a lot of grocery stores would either be out of business or would change their food selections. It is the same with other businesses. What we demand will be supplied. Maybe if we all start practicing Green Economics, the world will be better, faster.