Rainforest tribes can get anything they need from their homeland.  The many different plants and animals found in the rain forest provide meals, houses, clothes, medicines, tools and cosmetics.

We also use rainforest products.  Many fruits, nuts, and cereals that fill our supermarket shelves originated in the rainforest.  The chicken as we know it began its life on the forest floor.  The most expensive hardwoods, like teak, mahogany and ebony, come from the rainforest trees.

Other rainforest products includes tea, coffee, cocoa, rubber, and many types of medicine.


A quarter of all medicines found in our drug stores owe their origins to rainforest plants and animals.