|aOriginally produced and copyrighted by the BBC in 1989.
|aProducer, Simon Campbell-Jones.
|aNarrator: Peter G. Waterman ; Introduced by: Anthony Clare.
|aScientists working in one of the oldest rainforests in Africa have determined that one tree's bark yields a powerful antifungal compound, while another's shows potential as an anticancer drug. Thousands of other remedies may also exist. However, logging operations, depredation by poachers, and overuse by indigenous peoples are destroying these medicinal gold mines. This program examines efforts under way to preserve the forests and their pharmaceutical treasures, including compensating loggers and native peoples with profits from the sale of new drugs -- from container.