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Specific benefits of bamboo farming facts and figures

Bamboo plays a very valuable environmental role. Its complex root system, act as a fantastic water filter, removing nutrients.
Bamboo play a very valuable environmental role by removing dangerous poisons eg heavy metals before they get into the food chain.

What are the general benefits of bamboo farming vis-a-vis millenium goals?

Bamboo farming is a lead towards the right direction in the management of the environment including control of soil erosion.

Is bamboo good for the environment?

Bamboo has the ability to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a faster rate than hardwoods curbing global warming.

What makes bamboo a renewable resource?

When bamboo is harvested, it continues to grow new shoots. Harvested at the right age of 3yrs, and less than 30% of the plant.

Can bamboo be used to rehabilitate degrade land?

Bamboo plantations are used successfully to rehabilitate degraded land into productive, fully functioning ecological systems.
Bamboo systems and vegetation gives a habitat for many species at the soil and tree layer both low and higher forms of life.
Fallen bamboo leaves create natural mulch. Decomposing leaves recycle useful nutrients, eg Nitrogen and Silica back into the soil.

More on bamboo and environment

Bamboo plays a very valuable environmental role. Its complex root system, can act as a fantastic water filter, removing nutrients and dangerous poisons such as heavy metals and not allowing them to get into the food chain. Bamboo farming is a lead towards the right direction in the management of the environment and is in support of support sustainable livelihood and the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to Ensure Environmental Sustainability.

Can bamboo help mitigate climate change?

Bamboo has the ability to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a faster rate than hardwoods curbing global warming. Making it great for absorbing greenhouse gases, compacting desertification and global warming. In addition, we believe that by converting land containing relatively low levels of carbon (e.g. shrub and pasture lands, agricultural fields, or degraded forests) into forested land, which contains more carbon in the vegetation and soil, more atmospheric CO2 could potentially be sequestered in terrestrial ecosystems. The strong advocacy theory of sequestering more carbon through vegetation is a credible effort towards mitigating future dangerous climate change-related scenarios.

Bamboo Grows Fast

Amazingly fast!! In terms of rate of growth bamboo grows faster than timber trees. Some species of bamboo are clocked at growing over 3' (90cm) in height in a day! That's over 1.5" (3.8cm) in one hour!! No other plant on earth can do this. Watch a 24hr time lapse video. Bamboo can reach full maturity in 1 to 5 years (dependent on species). Hardwood trees can take 30 to 40 years. It is the only woody plant that can keep up with the rate of human consumption and deforestation.