Saturday, January 24, 2004

Herbal Confusion 

I've never wondered where the herbs in herbal remedies come from. According to Alan Hamilton, a researcher with the WWF, many herbs used in herbal remedies are collected from the wild and that the practice is not only endangering plant species but is not a sustainable way for people to make a living ('Herbal medicine boom threatens plants', New Scientist, January 8, 2004).

Dr Hamilton is a member of the World Conservation Union's Medicinal Plant Specialist Group and has also helped to compile a report on the harvesting of herbs for Plantlife International. Plantlife aim to conserve plants in their natural environment.

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