My Review of Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall

My Review of Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall

My Review of Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall Seeds of Hope is a book about the intrinsic relationship between humans and plant life. Since grade school I remember being taught the importance of trees and plants, as they were essential for us to live, breath and thrive. What I liked most about Seeds of Hope was how rounded the book was, and special concentration was spent in Chapter 10, “Plants That Can Heal”. Chapter 10 Medicinal Herbs It is astounding that there are so many medicines extracted from plants. It made me realize that plants not only sustain our lives by giving us the air we breath. They can also heal and prevent diseases. Medicinal plants have been used to treat typhoid, HIV-AIDS, diabetes, malaria and high blood pressure. Chimps in Gombi would eat leaves from a particular plant that could flush out roundworms and tapeworms only when they had the symptoms for these parasites. Seeds of Hope notes a time when surgeons used medication derived from plants to make muscles relax. Due to the growing popularity of using herbs in medicine in the West, Seeds of Hope documented that by 2010, 93 percent of these herbs became endangered in Sri Lanka and India. Reckless harvesting as well as habitat loss contributed to these decreasing numbers.   Today, the Sri Lankan government has taken action by allowing farming projects to grow these herbal plants to help the local economies, however traditional healers believe that the plants will not work as well in a monocultural environment. Growth of these plants in the wild involved many plant and animal interactions that were not in a...
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