Poor farmers in the rainforest The problems They face Contents page • What is the conflict in Brazil's tropical rainforest? • Why my group has chosen this topic? • What is their position as regards to the rainforest ie is it a source of income, a precious natural resource, their home? etc • what problems do the tribal people face in the rainforests of Brazil? • What are the benefits for your group? What is the conflict in Brazil's tropical rainforest • The poor farmers are trying to make a living by the slash and burn technique. • People like McDonalds cut down the rainforest so the farmers do not have as much land as they used to. • This means that the farmers get even poorer. Why my group has chosen this topic • My group is involved in this conflict because it believes that this is the worst conflict. So we want to tell the people outside what the farmers in the rainforest get treated like. • The farmers basically get treated as if they don’t matter. Why the farmers need the rainforest more than other people • The rainforest is the farmers home, and it has been for a long time, and hopefully will be there children's home. • The farmers need the rainforest for them to earn money or just to grow food for themselves. • Mc Donald's don’t need the rainforest to stay alive. Why the farmers need the rainforest more than other people • The farmers know how to look after the rainforest, if they get moved out then they will not have a job, so they would not be earning a living and they would go to the nearest city • The Brazilian government do not want this so they should stop people cutting down the rainforest. Poor Farmers Using Slash And Burn The slash and burn technique is a clearing technique used by the farmers. All the farmers in the tropical rainforests either do rubber tapping or harvest such crops like the Brazilian nuts fruits such as the acai palm which is used to make a thick red wine. Up the top is an image of the slash and burn were the farmers would slash and cut down trees, then burn to put nutrients in the soil and farm it for 1 year then move on and come back in 30 years time. Logging • Logging tropical hardwoods like teak, mahogany, rosewood, and other timber for furniture, building materials, charcoal, and other wood products is big business and big profits. Several species of tropical hardwoods are imported by developed counties, including the United States, just to build coffins that are then buried or burned. The demand, extraction, and consumption of tropical hardwoods has been so massive that some countries that have been traditional exporters of tropical hardwoods are now importing them because they have already exhausted their supply by destroying their native rainforests in slash-and-burn operations. Logging (two) • It is anticipated that the Philippines, Malaysia, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Thailand will soon follow, as all these countries will run out of rainforest hardwood timber for export within five years. Japan is the largest importer of tropical woods. Despite recent reductions, Japan's average tropical timber import of 11 million cubic meters annually is still gluttonous. The demand for tropical hardwood timber is damaging to the ecological, biological, and social fabric of tropical lands and is clearly unsustainable for any length of time. You get to live in the Amazon which is one of the largest outstanding beautiful rainforests in the world. You also live in a completely different way than you would if you lived in London or in a town. This is because you get fresh fruit and meat that you would produce yourself. You also get good soil so that you The problems the tribal people face in the rainforests of Brazil? • There homes are being taken away from them (the loggers taking away the trees) • They do not have the same amount of land or trees to use for rubber tapping and to use for slash and burn. • This will make them have to use the same land or trees more often, so they will either become infertile (soil) or die or not produce as much (trees) The problems the tribal people face in the rainforests of Brazil? • If we keep on cutting the trees down, and the Brazilian government let this happen then the farmers will have to move, most of them will move to the city which the Brazilian government do not want, so the government will have to think about what they are going to do.