Almost every day, people are reminded of the horrible things people have been doing to our planet. Global warming, mass deforestation, and an over population have led to the quick depletion of natural resources. People have been taking more than they can give and more. How can one plant help? It won’t save the world (yet), but it is a pretty good start…. Bamboo is a type of flowering plant that belongs to the family Poaceae (grasses). There are almost 1500 species of bamboo that can be found in Asia, Australia, North and South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Bamboo can grow on different altitudes and under various climate conditions, but it prefers tropical climate. Bamboo is one of the most exploited plants on the planet because its cultivation doesn't require too much effort. Besides low cost of maintenance, bamboo has numerous applications. It can be used in medicine, in the building industry, for the production of various woody objects or as an ingredient of numerous delicious meals. Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and produces 30% more oxygen than a full grown tree. No one knows for sure how bamboo became bamboo. There are two primary speculations. One is that the origin is from the ancient Indian name for bamboo, "mambu". The other speculation is that it is Malayan in origin and comes from the sound bamboo makes when it burns. "Bam-Boom". When bamboo is heated the air in the sealed internode chambers will expand and cause an explosive bam-boom sound. Regardless of the origin of the name "bamboo," I am personally thankful that it doesn't have a Latin name. Bamboo is the favorite food of elephants and buffalos in India, pandas in China, giant gorillas in Africa. This is just a small list of wild and domestic animals that prefer bamboo where available. In Hiroshima, Japan the only plant to survive the radiation of the1945 atomic bomb was a bamboo. The incinerating heat destroyed trees and other plant life. Everything except one bamboo grove was...
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