Rubber Tappers

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Top 5 things to know about Rubber Tappers

  1. Rubber tappers use susutainable development, don't waste their resources and use them over
  2. Many people disagree with saving and re-using the resources, they want land for clearing and farmring
  3. They trade rubber for money
  4. They make objects out of the rubber
  5. When the rubber comes out of the tree it is latex but they cure it with heat

"Solutions" That Rubber Tappers Would Support

  • Goverment created reserves put aside for sustainable use of the enviroment
  • Eco-tourism to promote proctection of the rainforest
  • Promote their products becasue they are safe and don't harm the enviroment in the process


Eleanor: Welcome to EJJD news network. I’m Eleanor and tonight’s story is on the rubber tappers of the Amazon. This group has been living and working in the Amazon since the 1870’s. Through the many generations they have seen their resources dissapear. They share a concern and care for the land. They use a process called rubber tapping where they cut bark of rubber trees and use the latex sap to make the rubber by curing it with heat. They make few dollars a day from the rubber. Now over to Jack where you will get to hear their stories. Jack: I’m standing here in the Amazon rainforest with a native rubber tapper. His family has been in the business for many generations. What concerns do you have about the Amazon and what do you want to do to preserve or use the rainforests resources? Jackie: We are concerned that too much land is being cleared for logging and farming in the rainforest. We want to re-use the rainforest without destroying it. By using the same trees more than once we save the rainforest. We use sustainable development by using the resources in a way that will meet our needs but not damage the ability for the future generations and the trees. Jack: Thanks for your time. A couple hundred miles away another rubber tapper shares the same ideas and concerns. Jack: Here we join Janiqua for an interview and her views on the changing forest. Janiqua, why do you think that rubber tapping is good way to preserve and use the rainforest’s resources? Jackie: We re-use the trees and make sure we don’t harm them. It is the one way to use resources without injuring the environment. This is also good because it can inspire others to see that you can use the resources and still make a living while not destroying the rainforest. Because we are passing this down to the next generation it is good to preserve. Jack: Thanks Janiqua. Back to Eleanor in New York. Eleanor: That’s our report for tonight. Thanks for listening from all of us here at EJJD. Have a great night.

Rainforest - Rubber Tappers

  • Rubber Tappers are people who extract latex from rubber trees and sell it to people who make rubber products
  • The Rubber Tapping industry began in the 1870s, but most of them left after the price of rubber declined

Textbook Notes

  • Rubber Tappers gather sap from rubber trees and make them into rubber products
  • Rubber Tappers use sustainable development to make a living
  • They go into the tropical rainforest and gather sap from rubber trees in a way that doesn't harm the trees
  • Deforestation could result in loss of jobs for many rubber tappers
  • The biodiversity of rainforests are not affected by rubber tappers
  • They cut diagonal strips in the bark, this way does not harm the tree
  • they have worked there since the 1870s
  • Most rubber tappers left since then, but many stayed
  • The carbon-oxygen cycle is not affected by rubber tappers becasue they do not cut down or harm the trees

Other Resources

Notes from resources

Extracting Latex

  • A cut is made in the bark and cuts through the latex vessels of the tree
  • Tappers must buy large amounts of land in order to legally extract the latex, because they must own the trees
  • There are usually very few rubber trees even on large areas of land
  • Ammonia helps keep the latex in its liquid state
  • Most common areas for rubber tapping is in a band 10 degrees north or south of the equator

The Seringueiros

  • When the owners of the rubber extraction areas went bankrupt the Seringuieros became the owners of the land
  • The Seringuieros sold the rubber to traders called Regatões
  • The Seringuieros do not harm the trees because they just cut slashes into the bark.

The Process Of Rubber Tapper

  • Rubber tapping is hard work. It can starts as early as 2 am. The coolness of the early morning air encourages the latex to flow thus improving the yield.
  • A special tapping knife is used to shear off a thin layer of rubber tree's bark. Care must be taking not to cut too deep as this would injure the tree.
  • The block of rubber is initially rolled using a wooden roller so that it is thin enough for it to be rolled by the mangle machine.
  • Normally, the drying takes place in a "smoke" house but often it is just air-dried underneath the house.

From The Movie

· Find many mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
· Tropical rainforest occupy 2% of the earth’s surface but contain ½ of the world’s species.
· Medical Researchers have contained many medicines and found cures for disease and cancer from the rainforest’s life.
· Tribes are being displaces due to deforestation.
· 5 million acres of rainforest are being chopped down a year.
· Species count on each other, if one dies, it puts others in danger.
· Burning wood releases carbon dioxide and may contribute to Global Warming.
· Sustainable- used over and over again with no harm.
· Don’t buy products that promote destruction.
· We lose an acre of the rainforest every second.
Many fruits, nuts and other foods are native to the rainforest

Rubber Tapping From Movie
Rubber tappers collect the sap by cutting the bark and letting it drip out
· Rubber Tappers collect latex from the trees.
· For the rubber tappers to legally extract the latex, they must first buy land that contains rubber trees.
· Rubber tapping is sustainable.
Doesn't harm the trees at all
· They make rubber objects.
· Few rubber trees, and when these trees are cut down it ruins rubber tappers jobs.

Rubber Tapping Article - Rubber Tapping Amazon Tour
  • Rubber trees are native to Amazon
  • Rubber tapper start early cutting the trees and then collect later in the day
  • use fire to cure latex
  • use a rubber knife (not made of rubber) a v shaped blade
  • on average a rubber tapper will cover 150-250 trees each day

Eleanor's Article
Remembering Brazil's Chico Mendes
  • Chico Mendes was an enviromentalist that supported rubber tapping
  • Rubber tapping is the safe method of extracting latex from rubber trees
  • He was assassinated for his beliefs
  • He wanted to stop clearing the land
  • Was raised in a rubber tapping family

Jack's Article
1-Ton Snakes Once Slithered In The Tropics
  • Biggest snake living was 42 feet long
  • The boa lived 16 million years ago
  • The boa ways over one ton
  • The boa's meals were often crocodiles
  • The tropic was very hot because it was cold-blooded
  • The tropic was about 90 degrees Fahrenheit

Jackies Atricle:
A drying Amazon
  • The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and consumes about one-fifth of the carbon dioxide produced from burning fossil fuels.
  • Amazon's role as a "carbon sink" that sucks global-warming carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
  • Trees and soil in the Amazon rainforest have traditionally absorbed more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they've emitted.
  • During a major drought in 2005, the Amazon put more carbon into the atmosphere than it soaked up.