Sustainable Sourcing

Markets for Certified Chinese Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

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This study on the market potential of sustainably wild-collected botanical ingredients originating from the People’s Republic of China with fair and organic certifications provides an overview of current export trade in both wild-collected and cultivated botanical, algal and fungal ingredients from China, market segments such as the fair trade and organic sectors, and the market trends for certified ingredients. It also investigates which international standards would be the most appropriate and applicable to the special case of China in consideration of its biodiversity conservation efforts in traditional wild collection communities and regions.



Standards developed for certification of sustainably farmed MAPs

This study is focused on wild-collected MAPs. However, it is impossible to analyse the Chinese MAP export trade and potential global market for certified sustainably wild-collected MAP ingredients without including information about certification and trade of sustainably farmed MAPs. Sustainable agriculture and sustainable wild-collection are intertwined in the marketplace, and many operations produce and trade in both cultivated and wild MAPs, sometimes of the same species.


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