Medicinal Plants: Can Utilization and Conservation Coexist?
New York Botanical Garden, Scientific Publications Department, 1997 - Medical - 104 pages
People have often relied on plants for their medicinal value. Demand, however, often leads to the degradation of these valuable resources. This study examines several medicinal plant species, their value to traditional & contemporary medicine, & how over-harvesting of these plants impacts natural & human forest communities. It explores the discovery & utility of medicinal plants into the herbal & pharmaceutical industries & its impact on forest communities. The authors offer productive alternatives to over-harvesting of wild populations, such as the Belize Ethnobotany Project. The study concludes with how traditional, herbal, & pharmaceutical industries that rely on medicinal plants must co-exist & avoid the destruction of the rain forest & its communities.
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