I received a very interesting question today. One I'm not sure I wish to tackle. So I thought I'd see what kind of response I get here and then I'll send the link to the person who asked. "Is the government supposed to take care of the rain forests?" Now, I guess that would depend on what kind of rain forest. There are areas in the NW United States and Canada that qualify as rain forests. But I believe the person was asking about tropical rain forests since my website deals with tropical plants. Here's the problem. There are no tropical rain forests north of Mexico! All of them in our hemisphere are found in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. I don't believe the United States government has any real jurisdiction in any of those countries, although our government does sometimes try to claim it! And sorry, the Florida Everglades do not qualify as a rain forest. So my question to the person who asked would be, "how are we supposed to take care of someone else's rain forests?" Certainly, I think all of us should protect them. The idea of cutting down rain forest trees to grow coffee, sugar cane or corn for biofuels really doesn't appeal to me. But it is being done at an alarming rate. Our own President went to Brazil last year to promote the growing of more sugar cane, thus the destruction of more rain forest. Brazil is loosing the rain forest at an alarming rate. So give me some feedback. Fortunately, the current government in Brazil is at least doing some work on buying back some of those coffee farms and replanting the forest. But we also have some very unfriendly regimes in many of the South American countries that own those rain forests! Should the United States government dictate to other sovereign nations that we have some control over their rain forests? If we do, how are we going to take care of their rain forests? I'd really like to hear your response.