Unethical Use of Rare and Threatened Plant and Animal Products in the Aroma Industry

Burfield, Tony
May 2003
Endangered Species Update;May/Jun2003, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p91
Academic Journal
Despite the existence of commodity shortages in the aroma industry, production and marketing strategies that are sustainable in the longterm are driven more by consumers and organizations concerned about conservation than by raw material producers and resellers. The poverty in which many indigenous peoples are submerged increases the unsustainable use of natural materials. This phenomenon is exacerbated by the unwillingness of large companies to pay fair and equitable prices to these peoples when searching and later making profit of active ingredients found in places such as the rainforest. The author argues for a more ethical and responsible use of raw materials in the aroma industry. He also describes the origin, use and status of important animal and plant aromatic items.


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