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Rubber Tappers vs. Loggers
Transcript of Rubber Tappers vs. Loggers
Rubber Tappers extract latex sap from rubber trees in the Amazon Rainforest. This process does not harm the trees. In fact, a single tree can be tapped for 30-40 years. One tree can produce about 6 pounds of rubber a year. This may not seem like much but 250 trees can be grown on just 2 1/2 acres of land. Every day a single tapper can tap 100-400 trees.
Many groups access the resources that are found in the rainforest. That of course leaves the question of who deserves to be able to use the rainforest?
Image by Tom Mooring
Who deserves the rainforest?
Rubber Tappers vs. Loggers
Rubber tappers supply 5,000 tons of rubber per year. Humans use 1.4 million tons of rubber each year, and 5,000 tons of that is naturally produced by the rubber tappers in the Amazon. Rubber tappers should be allowed more reserved area for rubber tapping. Right now, 1% of the Amazon Rainforest is reserved for rubber tapping, but this small area is not nearly as much as the rubber tappers should have. 63,000 families support themselves off of rubber tapping, but if loggers continue to cut down trees, these people will no longer have a steady income.
20% of the Amazon has been deforested and can never be replenished completely. 20% of the world's oxygen is from the Amazon Rainforest. By hurting the rainforest we will in turn hurt ourselves. If this rate of destruction continues half of the rainforest is predicted to be gone by 2030.
Loggers cut down trees to make furniture and paper. Illegal logging is now normal as 60-80% of logging is illegal. Loggers use false permits to gain access to trees. Loggers also cut down trees that are protected by law. These tree killers ignore the limitations to the amount of trees they cut down. For every tree that is cut down 28 more trees fall with it. 1/2 an acre of rainforest is being lost every second. Organizations like Greenpeace are working to raise awareness of these illegal products.