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inbrief

inbrief

November 2004

The herbs and spices industry is creating a body to promote fair trade and biodiversity. The Herb and Spice Stewardship Council, modelled on the Forest Stewardship Council, which sets standards for sustainable timber production, will be a private company with industry support. It will develop a certification system to protect the trade in harvested wild species, set quality standards, ‘safeguard the biodiversity of plants’ and ‘address consumer concerns of fair trade and safety’. The global trade in herbs, spices and their derivatives such as oils and extracts is thought to be worth $50billion (£28bn) a year.


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