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18 December 2013

SA medicinal plants under threat

Indiscriminate harvesting of wild medicinal plants is driving some species towards extinction, according to a report by the Water Research Commission.

Indiscriminate harvesting of wild medicinal plants is driving some species towards extinction, according to a report by the Water Research Commission (WRC).

Continuous over-harvesting

Among its findings is that over-harvesting of medicinal plants could leave millions without health care support.

Unsustainable rates

The report calls for the establishment of regional "holding nurseries", where local traditional health practitioners and plant gatherers could obtain stock to propagate for their own use.

 
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