Anthropology

We are harvesting the ayahuasca vine at an alarming rate

Gatherers, intermediaries, processors and exporters based in Iquitos, the capital of the Peruvian jungle, or in the indigenous communities near Pucallpa, the other major production center, are in agreement about the overexploitation of wild ayahuasca.

…one of the first people who dedicated himself to the business of exporting ayahuasca, warns that if the extraction continues at this rhythm “this product won’t be available” in the near future… processes about a ton of ayahuasca per month. Despite the increase of competitors, his business continues to grow, and so do the consequences: the vine is no longer found where it was once abundant.

Original Article (Kaphi):
We are harvesting the ayahuasca vine at an alarming rate
Artwork Fair Use: Vijayanrajapuram

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