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I was told that bamboo can be grown rapidly and easily.Would it be a good idea to grow bamboo in many available areas to save the planet?

I am worried about global warming and I want to know if growing bamboo can really help protect the enviropnment.I believe it can also help the economy if it is done seriously.

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    Lejan .

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    Jan 24 2013: Bamboo definitely is a fascinating plant and its potential discovered late in many countries. Anyway, any local ecosphere has formed its very unique and dynamic equilibrium of interwoven influences and may not always compensate well for an 'artificially' placed and 'unusual' plant in upscaled and wide spread numbers.

    Even though bamboo is fast growing, we have to understand how it will change the 'micro-sphere' of the soil it is growing on and if it returns and supports what it takes out of it while it is thriving that fast. Any sustainable biological cycle walks a closed loop in its 'near-field' environment and only sunlight is continuously added to it day by day. Also mono-cultures should be avoided, as they are not natural and weak against plagues and parasites. By this and to stay within the frame of your suggestion, this would mean to spread the bamboo even further within terrains in which this plant did not grow originally. The ecological risks by doing so had to be completely understand, which, by the complexity of nature herself is a ask on its very own.

    Maybe each area, each country has its home-grown 'bamboo' equivalent on which we could focus without risking to much at a time yet gaining the benefit you talk about.
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    Jan 26 2013: .
    But the most effective way is to eradicate the INVALID happiness.
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    Jan 23 2013: Considering Madagascar’s unique eco system I would not bring in any specie of plant that could easy become invasive and only use native plants, like the baobab tree or the travelers palm.

    What is the common method of cooking in Madagascar?
    I ask because Black carbon/soot is a sizable issue in global warming.
    And I recently seen a low cost cooker/stove that may help far more than planting.
  • Jan 23 2013: If you are interested in "saving" the planet, it would be prudent to outline the greatest threat. Currently that is defined as species extinction. However if you are interested in replanting Madagascar, I suggest you look into hemp. It absorbs more co2 than any other plant, and in your climate it grows year-round. It also has far more applications than bamboo. Good luck!
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    Jan 23 2013: Obviously,
    We should keep the following in mind:

    (1) The goal of our life is to keep our DNA alive rather than to make money.
    (2) Making money more than its OPTIMAL POINT gives us INVALID happiness and hurts our keeping DNA alive.
    (3) The optimal point is determined by 10,000 years ago norm or our ancestors’ successful experiences saved in our DNA.
    (4) So, reduce or quit the SILLY INVALID HAPPINESS will be most efficient, economical and easy way to save our planet.

    Wrong ?

    (For INVALID happiness and OPTIMAL point, see the 1st article, points 1-3 and 10 respectively at
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    Jan 23 2013: Bamboo homes have been shown to be both earthquake and hurricane resistant ... I think that countries such as the islands between the USA and SA could use this type of structure effectively. Each year we pour billions into reconstructing these island homes. The bamboo could be grown and harvested right there and also available for maintenance of the structure.

    I have made this suggestion and they said that they get lumber from the US for these projects each year.

    The bamboo story is a good one read up on it and enjoy.

    I wish you well. Bob.
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    Jan 22 2013: I have been looking for a Co2/plant guide with no luck, and I’m thinking your local clement will affect the results.

    My guess is that evergreens are better in northern areas because they do photosynthesis during winter.

    Also I heard moss is good for Co2 capture, because it gets nutrients from the air stead form the soil. Although I question if getting nutrients equals capturing more Co2.

    Personally I decided I’m going with duel benefit plants, flowering to help the bees/pollinators, nut/fruit trees to help my food cost and diet quality, moss and ornamental grasses to reduce weeding.