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Jennifer Smith EN 102 December 14 1999 Our Forests Where Can We Use Them Most Trees have been with us since the beginning of time We have been using its products for just as long They have been used to fashion weapons used as wheels used for us to write with and to have something to write on Most importantly they have been and continue to be used to provide shelter for us I feel trees are an important resource for us and to stop using this important resource would be an injustice to society Trees are there to be admired and to help our ecosystem survive but they are also there to provide for the things we need in life An important example of how trees are helping people in extraordinary ways in by the use of tree products as cancer drugs According to Sally Christensen taxol is created by using three one hundred year old pacific yew trees or roughly sixty pounds of bark Taxol is very helpful in fighting ovarian cancer when conventional methods no longer work This drug has been responsible for saving many lives Christensen 552 Christensen herself was saved with this drug Sallie Tillsdale calls Christensen very selfish for killing trees to help save herself She says it is people versus trees I feel it is life versus life If a few trees have to be cut down so a person can go on living then this is a choice that I as a person am willing to make No one is going to tell me that I cannot have a chance at life because a group of environmentalists say that is wrong It is quoted by Walter T Stace If a mans actions were wholly determined by chains of causes stretching back into the remote past so that they could be predicted beforehand by a mind which knew all the causes it was assumed
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