Other parts of this website show how trade has long influenced Asian history, both through cultural links and by increasing or decreasing the prosperity of nations. Trade continues to be a driving force in the region. These pages explores the impact of trade on people and plants in South Asia, and how you, the consumer, can spend your money wisely.

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Patents >
Are patents on plants a fair return for investment, or are researchers attempting to patent indigenous knowledge?
Conservation >
International trade in plant products supports people's livliehoods. But careful control is needed to ensure sustainability.
Fairtrade >
Fairtrade is a fast growing movement of suppliers and consumers who believe that producers should be paid a fair price.