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Rubber Tappers
Since the 1988 murder of Chico Mendes, the Brazilian rubber tapper who was an organizer against forest burning, rubber tappers have achieved an honored status in the green pantheon. But in the late nineteenth century they were considered as bad as cattlemen; many indigenous Brazilians were killed by tappers fanning into the jungle during the rubber boom. Today better behaved rubber tappers are considered rainforest allies, as someday better-behaved loggers may be. Until logging began to spread in Brazil in the 1960s, some Brazilians thought the rainforest had no inherent value: It was an obstacle to be vanquished, something to be 'tamed.' As sustainable logging is achieved in the developing world, local populations, including indigenous peoples, will acquire a long-term interest in keeping the rainforest vibrant. Easterbrook, Gregg.

 

 

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