One of the main causes of wide spread tree cutting, deforestation, is agriculture. 48% of deforestation comes from subsistance farming followed by commercial farming at 32%, logging at 14% and fuel wood removal at 5%.
People do not cut down forests just because they like to do it. As a country and a world we need the materials from trees as well as the space they occupy. As the population nears 7 billion, space becomes a luxury, as do food and resources. Jmendez is correct with the statistics and reasons, but on a larger scale, its much like our dependence on oil. Until we can come up with more sustainable alternatives, the forests and trees will continue to be victims in our expansion.
There are many reasons why humans continue to cut down forests even though it’s bad for the environment. Two of those reasons are money and agriculture. Logging provides a profit for people to support their families, as well as agriculture. Farmers will cut down forests to make room for their crops to grow and make a profit. At the current rate that forests are being destroyed, there could be nothing left in about 100 years.
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