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How Is the Amazon Rainforest Seen As a Resource - the Arguments For and Against Deforestation.

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HOW IS THE AMAZON RAINFOREST SEEN AS A RESOURCE- THE ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST DEFORESTATION Brazil is a rapidly growing population which leaves the Amazon rainforest under threat, and an increasing demand by that population for its natural resources. The main uses of the rainforest ecosystem include: * Shifting cultivation by Amerindians * Ranching to provide beef for fast food companies in MEDCs * Mining to extract raw materials such as copper and iron ore * Logging to export high quality hardwood timber * Plantations to grow cash crops for export * Government policy to provide land for dispossessed Brazilians People might argue about the development of the Amazon. Some say it is economically wise whereas others say it is a global mistake. Developing the Amazon has advantages towards the people and economy of Brazil. Brazil currently owes a huge debt and locating new businesses is very essential. The employment the development will make will provide jobs and adequate shelter for the people. ...read more.

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I get really annoyed by do-gooders telling lies about how all this will change the world's climate and so on. The rainforest belongs to the Brazilian people and it is up to us to decide what to do with it. Anyhow it's alright to whinge if you have lots of money and plenty to eat. Arguments AGAINST: A TUKANO INDIAN We live in Northwest Brazil and like other Amerindian tribes have lived in Amazonia for thousands of years. We live in large communal houses called malocas and exist entirely from and in the rainforest. We are shifting cultivators and depend on the rainforest for all our needs. We clear an area of forest and farm it for about 5 years. Then we move on leaving it to rest and recover its fertility. In recent years outsiders have begun to destroy our forest and steal its riches. We have been forced deeper into the forest. ...read more.

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Not many countries or areas can mine ores that are valuable so there is not that much of competition in trade selling price. Industry is a very good solution for developing the economy of Brazil but it does not have to destroy or harm the environment. The saddest part of this situation is that the poor just get poorer and the rich just get richer. They are forced to live in shanty towns, which are growing rapidly on the outskirts of the Amazon. There is no point in carrying a huge economic project if the local people or the poor do not get any aid. Oxygen is the life giver and without it we would all die. The Amazon is a contributor of this vital resource and it would be wise to keep it untouched and natural. It does not only supply us with a third of the world's oxygen but also a quarter of the world's fresh water is stored in the basin there. We cannot afford to lose these two resources. But they would be lost if we encourage destruction of the rainforest. ...read more.

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