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In the past two decades, many traditional rubber tappers have abandoned the vision of famed tapper leader and environmentalist Chico Mendes, who fiercely opposed deforestation by big cattle ranchers.

Before dusting off your decorations and hanging you ornaments, the age-old question must be asked: Whether to use a fake or real Christmas tree this holiday season. While a plastic tree may be more convenient, Greg Hann, owner of Hann’s Christmas Tree Farm in Oregon, Wis., helps shed some light on the benefits that a real Christmas tree can bring to not only your home, but the local ecosystem as well.

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