Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Underground Palm Tree Trade

In one of last week's lectures, John briefly touched on the exotic cycad trade. No matter how tangential this relation is, it is related- I recently listened to a podcast focusing on the stealing and illegal sale of palm trees! I thought it would be interesting to learn about the economics behind theft and circulation of exotic plants(beyond The Orchid Thief, of course). 

Here's a link to the episode if you're interested! http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/palm-reading/
And a more general article on the booming cycad trade from NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/28/magazine/the-cult-of-the-cycads.html?_r=0 

-Kate

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