Why is bamboo a "Renewable Resouce"?I heard that Bamboo is a Renewable resource. I want to know why is bamboo a renewable resource. Is it because even if we cut down the bamboo, it is going to be...

Why is bamboo a "Renewable Resouce"?

I heard that Bamboo is a Renewable resource.

I want to know why is bamboo a renewable resource.

Is it because even if we cut down the bamboo, it is going to be grown again?

thanks!

Expert Answers
besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the reasons that bamboo is considered renewable is because it can be grown very quickly. For example, a sixty foot bamboo plant can be replaced in as little as sixty days. This is very fast when compared to a sixty foot hardwood tree that can take up to sixty years to replace.

Bamboo is a quickly renewable resource. Bamboo is the single fastest growing species of plant on the planet with some species growing more than a meter a day. In sharp contrast to trees which require decades to recover from harvesting, bamboo reaches maturity in 3 to 5 years or less and when it is cut, the stem is left in the soil to sprout a new shoot and start the growing process again.

In addition, bamboo thrives in depleted soil, bamboo paper is recyclable, it helps soil erosion, and it helps economic development. The uses of bamboo reduces the amount of deforestation dramatically.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Bamboo is a renewable resource because it is possible to continue to grow and use bamboo for ever. However it is important the note that just because bamboo is a renewable resource, it does not mean that the actual rate of renewal of bamboo resources matches the rate at which this resource is being used. As a matter of fact currently the rate of renewal or growth of new bamboo resources is significantly below the rate at which existing bamboo resources are being used. This is resulting in gradual depletion of the available resources of bamboo, and urgent action is required to correct this imbalance in use and renewal of bamboo. This need to combine reducing the use of bamboos as well as replanting of bamboos.