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Ravaged Haiti and Other Communities Looking to Bamboo for Restructuring

Could Haiti be the model for rebuilding using bamboo? Will even more devastated areas recover with the use of bamboo to rebuild?

Most of us remember when we heard of the devastation that horrible earthquake bestowed upon Haiti on January 12, 2010. But how much have we thought about Haiti since then (other than the awesome Anthony Bourdain episode earlier this year)? Seriously, have we wronged Haiti by not continually and properly educating the Haitian people on how to rebuild their infrastructure? Much is debatable.

One very interesting and eco-friendly topic has come to light. This topic is the use of bamboo to help rebuild and perhaps produce an interesting new economy. We all know how versatile bamboo is. It grows super fast and easily, can be used to fabricate a wide variety of consumer products, and the root structure could help sustain the sliding ground. Would cultivating bamboo on Haitian farms be a boost to a failing economy?

It is said that 99% of  the forestation in Haiti is gone and about 36 million tons of soil becomes displaced every year from mud slides because of continuing (and previous) damage. Could bamboo be the answer?

Proponents will obviously say yes. Those less enchanted with the idea say that invasive bamboo could overtake without proper maintenance. Claiming biodiversity issues with this concept could create problems in the future. Proponents come back with the proposal of creating bamboo nurseries containing construction-grade, non-invasive species of bamboo. All in all, aid groups are all for it. With a little planning we would have to agree this to be a good idea here at BambooHardwoodFlooring.net!

This is simply one more reason to love bamboo. Think of all the bamboo hardwood floor and bamboo constructed homes. Think of all the jobs this will create. Not to mention the jobs that would be created with fabrication of bamboo household products. Bamboo grows extremely clean and it is very hearty. Being a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial plant (we should say grass), the issue of introducing any harmful plant disease to other Haitian flora and fauna is all but none.

Developing bamboo as a multi-use crop to rebuild devastated communities and regions, hasten deforestation and erosion combined with the ability to stimulate a local economy is truly a win-win situation. Bamboo for restructure and rehabilitation purposes goes way beyond bamboo just a being a beautiful grass.

To think that some of you reading this article may have just stumbled upon it while searching for new bamboo hardwood flooring. Think of all the people struggling to just have floors. Buy bamboo products and support the demand for this multi-faceted product!

More more info check out Fore Bamboo and Greenfunder.

By : Amy Wermuth

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