Pavan Sukhdev explains how natural resources provide a lot more than meets the eye, economically, on Ted. For instance, at 4:02, he explains that the value of bee pollination is worth about $190 billion or 8 percent of the total agricultural output globally. He goes on to explain that 60 percent of medicines were first found as molecules in a rainforest or reef. Who should get paid for these kinds of resources, and who is actually getting paid? Nature is undervalued and often under-appreciated. If we work to protect our natural resources, we’re helping our economy.

Posted 12/15/2011