Brazilian condoms to fight Amazon losses, AIDS

Brazil has started producing condoms that use rubber from trees in the Amazon, Reuters reported on Monday. The government said the move will help preserve the world's largest rainforest while combatting AIDS.

Environmentalists say tapping native rubber trees helps to generate income for Amazon residents and reduces pressure to fell trees.

Brazil’s first government-run condom factory will produce 100 million condoms a year, the report said. The latex comes from the Chico Mendes reserve, named after a conservationist and rubber tapper killed in
1988 by ranchers.

The intention is also to reduce Brazil’s dependence on imported
condoms, which are distributed free as part of a national program to
combat AIDS.

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