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The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest.

Brazil's rubber tappers have become a symbol of how humans and tropical forests might coexist. These small entrepreneurs are held up as alternatives to the big-money interests of ranchers who are clearing rainforests as much for government subsidies as for the possibility of livestock profits. In their battle against the ranchers, the rubber tappers have learned to blend their traditional knowledge of the rainforests and modem environmental lessons. This is the story of their confrontation with agricultural interests as seen in the life of their first martyr, Chico Mendes.

Above all this story is an intense and absorbing demonstration of why neither civilization nor environmental protection is possible without democratic government.

Mendes received an AFA award in 1989 for his work on behalf of the rainforest.
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Publication:American Forests
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Date:Nov 1, 1990
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