Due to bamboo's ease of growth in diverse climates and its extraordinary growth rate, it is a cheap, sustainable and efficient crop. It is a grass and so regenerates after being cut just like a lawn, without the need for replanting. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world with over 1600 species. Not only is it a viable replacement for wood, its planting allows communities to turn away from the destruction of their native forests and to construct commercial bamboo plantations that can be selectively harvested annually without the destruction of the grove. It can be harvested in 3-5 years versus 10-20 for most softwoods. It can out yield pine 6 to 1 in biomass production. Bamboo is also one of the strongest building materials with a tensile strength of 28,000 psi (mild steel measures 23,000 psi). It is also a great conservation tool; reducing erosion with a sum of stem flow rate and canopy intercept of 25%. This dramatically reduces rain run-off, preventing massive soil erosion. Also, bamboo's cellulose fiber is a great alternative to cotton, can also be eaten (new shoots), used in concrete reinforcement, and provides great livestock feed with the foliage being up to 22% protein.


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