Regaining Sustainable Agriculture Practices in the Amazon

Nothing is more challenging than advising experts. The Matsés indigenous people are master farmers, and it seems strange to even suggest farming ideas to people who live almost entirely off the land. The problem is that their traditional small-scale swidden (slash-and-burn) approaches to farming, once superbly adapted for a semi-nomadic lifestyle, do not translate to […] Continue reading »

Gold Mining: Turning the Amazon into a Wasteland

In three short years, our increased demand for gold due to economic fears, has destroyed over 50,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest. Gold Mining in Amazon Rainforest Increases Drastically The area of greatest impact from gold mining is in the Madre de Dios region of southeastern Perú. In addition to the legal gold mining approved by […] Continue reading »

Virgin Rainforest Deforested for Palm Oil in Tamishiyacu

Large-scale palm oil deforestation of virgin rainforest discovered in Tamshiyacu UPDATE: The company responsible for this deforestation is United Cacao. Read the full report here. In an investigative trip facilitated in part by Acaté’s in-country Director Bill Park, journalists in Peru’s Loreto region recently discovered a 14-square-kilometer area of pristine rainforest cut down for an […] Continue reading »

Support Amazon Conservation and Stay Well Dressed!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to Acaté to help fund our Amazon conservation programs! We’re making real headway in the field with our Matsés Traditional Medicine & Health Manual. In this ground-breaking initiative, Acaté is teaming with Matsés elders to help preserve and transmit their knowledge of medicinal plants from the rainforest. Their knowledge […] Continue reading »

July 2013 Field Update

Saving Traditional Medicine One Village at a Time Matsés traditional healing systems have been passed down through the generations for hundreds of years. The knowledge and techniques accumulated within this effective health care system are a product of their deep spiritual and physical ties to the natural environment. The health of the Matsés tribe has […] Continue reading »