Poaching Plants in Mexico


They take most of their garden plants straight from the wild, and nature is suffering. Can Mexico encourage people to grow and buy plants at nurseries? The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1901&amp;entry_id=1738" title="http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/world/02/24/0224mexicocactus.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/world/02/24/0224mexicocactus.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Austin American Statesman</a> asks the question.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><br /><img width="400" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/image_6677021.jpg" /></div><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Nancy Flores/COX NEWSPAPERS<br />
Golden barrel cacti are rare in the wild but common in nurseries, including this regional botanical garden in Queretaro….<br />
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More than a third of the country’s species are considered at risk of disappearing….<br />
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Some experts are trying to encourage Mexicans to build nurseries to grow tame cacti instead of pulling wild ones out of the ground. Emiliano Sanchez Martinez, director of a botanical garden in the Queretaro desert, supervises a youth-run greenhouse in the small town of El Arbolito.</span><br /></div><br />


    
    
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