The short-term benefits of clearing rainforest areas include:
. land for agriculture, houses and roads
. jobs for local workers in road building, logging, agriculture, mining and construction.
. the generation of income (often in valuable foreign currency) for the LEDC when wood, minerals, and other resources are sold
. scientific investigation into rainforest plants may provide new food sources and medicines
These benefits, however, come at a cost. Clearing rainforest threatens the survival of many plant and animal species and can lead to serious environmental degradation. Widespread deforestation damages the whole biosphere (the balance of living and non-living things) with serious long-term consequences.