Environmental impact of ethnoveterinary medicine
Evelyn Mathias, October 2001
The effect of ethnoveterinary promotion on the environment can vary
between two extremes.
|Local practices can be environmentally friendlier than their allopathic
counterparts. Local tick control methods, for example, are commonly less
harmful to the environment than dipping with commercial chemicals.|
|Ethnoveterinary projects that stimulate conservation measures and the
establishment of herb gardens help maintain biodiversity.|
The large-scale promotion and commercial production brings with it a
danger that heavily used plant species may become scarce or even
extinct. Therefore projects promoting plant medicines on a large scale
should be required to monitor their environmental impact and explore how
far endangered species can be cultivated. |
More data on this is needed.
McCorkle et al. 1999