In "Dear Future Generations: Sorry", Prince Ea, American rapper and activist, expresses an emotional message to the upcoming generation in a 6 minutes video. In his video, he apologizes to the future generations for numerous problems we have today like climate change, animal extinction and deforestation; where he makes the following claim:
Well let me tell you that trees are amazing, and I mean, we literally breath the air they are creating, and they clean up our pollution, our carbon, store and purify water, give us medicine that cures ours diseases, food that feeds us. Which is why I am so sorry, to tell you that, we burned them down. Cut them down with brutal machines, horrific, at a rate of 40 football fields every minute, that's 50% of all the trees in the world all gone in the last 100 years.
The video has gone viral and been viewed more than 80,000,000 times, Facebook indicated. Dubious of Ea's claim, I did some small research to find a statement by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) saying that in the last years, the volume of forest growth was up by 42%, which partially contradicts with Prince Ea's claim:
Forest growth nationally has exceeded harvest since the 1940s. By 1997 forest growth exceeded harvest by 42 percent and the volume of forest growth was 380 percent greater than it had been in 1920.
Mother Nature Network analyzed the report and concluded that there were more trees than there were 100 years ago.
Did 50% of the world's trees perish in the last 100 years?