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From: plantnut plantnut at macconnect.com> on 2001.07.27 at 06:20:40(7149)|
I received the following from a friend that is deeply involved with
conservation and saving plants... Actually, this individual is in the
process of writing a book... They did not want to be identified for
obvious reasons... But, I thought the comments were too good to let lie....
> I think Jay Vannini, Ed Goncalves and Jim Langhammer and others hashed|
>over this one (Conservation) pretty well a few weeks ago. The Gentleman
>is obviously a naive idealist. His idealism is a crucial element in
>getting something done about saving plants but also an element in the
>subversion of a 'right way' to go about it. Uninformed, naivety is so
>easily satisfied and so easily lead astray. Sadly, he's sitting on his
>hands thinking that all the mechanisms for preservation are in place. He
>is wrong. He thinks this is about saving plants when, as it is structured
>now, it is more a matter of egos and control. A small way of waging world
>war. People will make money under the table on BOTH side. people will
>go to jail, bureaucracy will proliferate and the plants will be no further
>ahead. They will actually have suffered as time passes without effective
>measures in place. Odds are, those cycads will probably end up in the
>hands of a collector in the US, not back in EC where they legally belong,
>much less Colombia where they originated. This is a fact. It happens all
>the time at Inspection Stations. People have been working for years to try
>and bring some sanity into this mess, without success. It seems to get
>ever worse. The notion of the good guys and the bad guys is pretty dumb.
> There are both on both sides.
>These are my feeling,
Your source for Tropical Araceae
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