The role that forages play in the future depends on many things. If a series of emergency situations arise, the US will look more closely at how we can keep the current standard of living. Emergencies will most likely help humans to focus on the value forages have in everyday life. If no major emergencies occur, most Americans will continue to take forages for granted. It would be wise for all of us to properly manage the earth so that emergencies are less likely and less severe. Forages can reduce the need to clear land that is more suspectible to erosion and other deterioration. Wildlife will flourish with more grasslands. Forests and waterways can also benefit from proper forage management. Fuels made from forages will become more economical and more medicines will most likely be made from plants. There have been many warnings to protect the environment and turn to sustainability, but few dramatic changes have taken place.