Researchers Release Paper On Illegal Orchid Trade

A research paper talked about the large-scale commercial illegal trade of orchids across the world is a problem that is a problem for Thailand orchids wholesale, one that is plaguing the world’s flower market, but one that is not dealt with properly.

Orchids are one of the world’s largest plant families. Officially, they see a lot of protection and conservation, and orchids see a lot of use, from ornamentation, to medicine. As a result of their myriad of uses, the global orchid trade sees a lot of activity, with most of it down with legal, greenhouse-grown specimens for safety and conservation.

However, as a result of the demand for orchids, there is also illegal trade of the plants happening, which, naturally, does not go through the necessary checks the legal trade has, which has recently come under notice from the world, driving concern for the state of orchids everywhere.

The paper, which was published by a research group formed by the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Orchid Specialist Group, specifically, the group’s Office 1 of the Global Trade Programme, was published via the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.

The paper emphasized that a lot could and should be done to protect orchids from illegal, environmentally harmful and unsustainable trade, with Lancaster University’s Dr. Jacob Phelps saying that orchids see a lot of uses in the world, but illegal commercial trade goes unreported, and, consequently, unnoticed. Many people, he adds, erroneously think of orchids as only ornamental, but he states a fact that any Thailand orchids wholesale shop would know; that orchids are also used for food products, cosmetics and medicine.

According to Dr. Phelps the paper gives a view into the global orchid black market, which, naturally has effects on legitimate sales across the world, as well as the environmental and conservation issues that would be associated with such.

The review was taken and studied in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in Geneva back in late November, and the researchers asking governments to deal with the issues plaguing the orchid plant group.

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By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Business