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For example, the native people have learned how to cultivate the types of plants and trees they need for their survival. In order to do this, the native people clear small areas of land – "forest islands" or apete – which begin as compost heaps in the forest. When the rainy season begins, the native people bring mulch from the compost heaps to a low area in the savanna that is likely to hold water during the rains. The natives mix the mulch with soil from termite mounds, ants' nests, and live ants to make the soil more fertile. They then plant trees and plants that will yield food, fruit, medicines, fibers, and other products. Each year, the natives plant around the patch of land until it grows bigger and bigger.

The native people have also developed a particular method of fishing. Specifically, the native method of fishing involves putting natural plant poisons into small streams and then scooping up the dead fish. Since the poison only suffocates the fish by affecting their gills, they are safe to eat. The natives are careful to fish streams in rotation so that the natural balance will be maintained.
Protecting the Natural Balance
Protecting the Natural Balance