For every one female butterfly farmed - hundreds of her offspring can be released into the wild. Natural balance is preserved, protected. Nothing endangered is taken - farms are regulated.
Protecting it from clear-cutting: habitat loss is the biggest threat to insects. Wipe out their habitat and hundreds of species become extinct overnight. (*HALF OF ALL RAINFORESTS WILL BE LOST IN 10 YEARS AT CURRENT RATES.)
And still pass on their way of life and land to their children.
Insects lay hundreds of eggs; farmers are not tempted by a one-time sale to a lumber company. (*SO THE MORE FARMED BUTTERFLIES PURCHASED THE MORE VALUABLE THEIR HABITAT BECOMES!) A local villager who cannot meet his needs will not conserve his rainforest just because it’s endangered.
and encourages the discovery of yet unknown insects.
Producing eggs for the next generation and protected from dangers they would face in the wild. (only 7% of butterflies reach maturity in the wild.)
Indirectly; through habitat preservation. Bugs need trees. Many rainforest plants have anti- cancer properties. (BITS AND BUGS USES ONLY RECYCLED PLASTIC FRAMES.)
For farming and collecting insects/butterflies to ensure that nothing endangered is sold and that harvests are sustainable. PROMOTES ECO-TOURISM: Local people give ecological tours through the farms. A chance to walk through a canopy of butterflies - WOW!
Such as World Wildlife Fund which includes butterfly farms in their programs.
Why risk purchasing from a poacher when farming is legal?
Some tropical forests have few edible fruits and nuts to exploit and coffee/ cocoa is not suitable for all areas. (forest is often cleared to grow these trees!)
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