Preserving Biodiversity

Medicine Issues

Sustainable Biodiversity is of the upmost importance when it comes to the production of prescription drugs. Most prescription drugs are derived from many living organisms within our natural ecosystems. When biodiversity becomes unstable many of those needed organisms become extinct, causing the particular prescription drug to not be available. According to the Ecological Society of America found within their Ecosystem Service Fact Sheet.
“Eighty percent of the world's population relies upon natural medicinal products. Of the top 150 prescription drugs used in the U.S., 118 originate from natural sources: 74 percent from plants, 18 percent from fungi, 5 percent from bacteria, and 3 percent from one vertebrate (snake species). Nine of the top 10 drugs originate from natural plant products.”

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