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Posted by maxx on September 7, 2002 at 21:56:40:

In reply to: Re: stack'o'abstracts posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 7, 2002 at 20:41:12:

The increased demand for
: Indian henna leaves and powder (Lawsonia inermis Linn) in overseas
: market has underlined the need for suitable standards to ensure the
: purity and quality of this much sought after commodity.
I'd been thinking along these lines, about the increased demand, but
wondering about stuff like child labor laws, companies that profit
share, living wages etc. Is there any info or any collection of info
on the peoples who actually grow harvest and powder the lawsonia
inermis? Also was wondering about their lungs, if there's increased
rates of allergies, cancers, lingering coughs etc. And the land it's
grown on...is more land now required to grow more henna for the
overseas markets? And what, if anything is being displaced by
planting more henna? Is soil depletion a problem? Are dangerous
pesticides used? For me the need to have these Q's answered has been
underlined by my interest and use of henna. I'll be looking around,
if anyone can point me in the right direction, thanks. Google baby
here I come.
peace and a brand new dress
maxx

 


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