The Guardian reported that a new factory was opened in the Amazon state of Acre for producing condoms from latex manually extracted from trees in the area last April. The 20 million dollars factory opened by the Brazilian government is slated to produce 100 million condoms a year, which the government hopes will allow local rubber tappers to profit from the rainforest without destroying it, as well as reducing Brazil's reliance on condoms imported from Asia.


This new government program is expected to contribute to the successful anti-aids campaigns that have reduced infection rates within the country in recent years, as well as increasing the economic viability (and therefore sustainability) of its natural tropical forests.



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