In the push meant to encourage safe sex and also defend the Amazon rain forest,
Brazil’s government will hand out 9 million condoms for free around Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics in August. Rio’s local Olympic organizing committee said about 450,000 of the sustainably-produced condoms will be destined for athletes and staff housed in the Olympic Village. The rest will be made widely available to the many visitors who will be arriving in the city in just a few weeks, the Health Ministry
said, according to Reuters.
All the condoms to be distributed are produced by Natex, a factory in the western Amazonian state of Acre, deep in the rain forest near Brazil’s border with Bolivia. The factory, run by the Acre state government, uses latex gathered from Amazon rubber trees by tappers who are employed by a government-run program designed to protect their traditional livelihood, foster sustainable use of the rain forest and deter illegal loggers.
This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.