The NCBA’s vision is “an industry united around a common goal of being the world’s most trusted and preferred source of beef and beef products.” The economic interests of the cattle industry is at the forefront of the organization’s policy positions, but the group also works towards animal welfare, food safety, and protecting the environment (“About Us”). The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s history is complicated and consists of many name changes, splits and mergers, and policy wins and losses through wars and market crashes. Its beginning dates back to 1898, when a large group of national cattle producers decided they needed a collective voice to fight against meat packer monopolies and high railroad costs and created the National Live Stock Association. In its first few years of establishment, the NLSA struggled to work as a group; conflicts between cattle producers and sheep growers, groups leaving the organization to form their own, and no unified policy beliefs among members were only some of the issues. The NLSA combined with the American Stock Growers Association in 1906, and began to work as a whole.
Some people argue that deforestation has its economic benefits and that developing the Amazon will have benefits for the people and economy of Brazil. However certain groups like world wildlife fund (wwf) are concerned because large amounts of animals and plant are becoming extinct. They argue that it is a global mistake and that in the long term this will only cause more problems for Brazil and the rest of the world. The best uses of the rainforest are those that help the people to improve their standard of life help the country to become more developed and wealthier and use the rainforest in a sustainable way so as not to damage the ecosystems of the rainforest. In order to draw up a conclusion to how the rainforest should be preserved I will look at the different types of uses of the Amazonia rainforest.
Many tropical plants are used in important medicine. Plants in the tropical forests, such as Vincristine (a drug to increase leukemia survival rates), are threatened by deforestation. These plants are used every day in medicine, and without these plants, the world has higher rates of diseases and other illnesses (“Deforestation: The Human Costs”). If and when these plants go extinct, it will hinder medicine production, cause more cases of diseases, and hurt more people than it helps. Undiscovered plants in the tropics could help everyone in the world.
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Conservation initiatives must be supported financially as well as empowerment and contribution of locals as a concerted project (Davis 2007). Simply put it, both the environment and the local community benefits from this simple concept. Protection and conservation of the natural landscape is the main goal of ecotourism as well as attracting tourists. It also represents the flow of tourism and economy status of a community (Tory 2010). Even though eco-tourism itself is based on an ideal concept and potentially able to help the environment, it is still highly controversial as in whether it is worth sacrificing all the natural resources which we take for granted and make room just for the sake of tourism.