Around the world, more people are becoming aware of the climate crisis at hand. While there have been years of lead-up to the current situation, it is only within the past five years that more people are starting to realize that things can’t continue as they have. Simultaneously, as climate reckoning is upon the world, there is a turning eye towards Kratom and the unique farming techniques used to bring the crops to fruition.
Not only this, but Kratom is also gaining attention because of its potential to help curb the crisis that is prevalent in many countries around the world. Kratom’s potential and the farming methods used have made people more interested in the substance, with some even looking to use it as a model for how other crops are planted and harvested.
Kratom comes from a tree called mitragyna speciosa. This tree grows throughout countries in Southeast Asia because of the acidic soil. The wet and warm climate works to nourish the plant and help it thrive. Kratom grows through the wild rainforests, but there are also backyard farmers who grow it in controlled areas.
For many centuries, indigenous peoples in these areas of Southeast Asia have been utilizing Kratom’s active components to help treat various illnesses. The plant is known to have around 40 active compounds, with the two most potent known as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Despite indigenous use, there are many regulatory bodies worldwide, especially in the USA, who do not recognize Kratom as a therapeutic substance and seek to ban it.
Even though Kratom is not for sale for personal use, it is available for research purposes. Western companies work with the farmers in Southeast Asia to ensure that high-quality Kratom is made available for researchers.
Unlike the farming methods used for the palm oil or timber industry, which are invasive and ruin the jungle, Kratom farming is non-invasive. It works with the other plant species and wildlife to ensure that all species, including the Kratom crop, can continue to grow for many generations. These crops help provide quality Kratom to researchers and provide financial stability to these communities who rely on the income to sustain their families and well-being.
The reason Kratom farms are sparking interest in people worldwide is because of their decentralized cultivation. These farms do not require large plantations and specific watering. They thrive naturally on rainfall and conditions appearing in Southeast Asia and can grow among the other species. Along with the wild farming methods dissimilar to timber and palm oil farms, Kratom is also grown on small portions of land within the communities that populate the rural areas.
Kratom Farms Help Maintain Wildlife
The sad stories of large industries wiping out jungles and wildlife habitats are being told too often. These large-scale monoculture plantations are detrimental not only to other plant species but also to thousands of animals that rely on the rainforest’s diversity to thrive. Kratom farms keep animals like the Sumatran tiger and orangutan alive as they contribute to biodiversity rather than take it away. The Western Kratom retailers who are pairing with farmers in Southeast Asia are the companies that help maintain wildlife species.
The techniques used to harvest the Kratom crops are different from other crops you see. Instead of taking the entire plant species root and stem from the ground for the harvest, only a portion is taken. When the farmer decides that the Kratom leaves have reached an ideal maturation, they will pick only the tree’s ripe leaves and let the others continue growing.
By spreading out the harvest and letting the plant sit and replenish makes the plant healthy. It also ensures that there will be Kratom crops in the future. These methods effectively sustain the plant, the industry, and the farmers and their children’s livelihood. The children will also rely on the crops for financial stability when they take over for their parents in the future.
Fair trade business practices are essential to Kratom farms. Businesses practicing fair trade ensure the quality of the Kratom products they sell and that the farmers who are doing a majority of the work are adequately paid. Many industries do not consider the communities they are harming in their quest for profits and will push them into poverty. Kratom farms help preserve the communities, their traditions, and history so that they do not become extinct just like many communities do.
When you purchase high-quality Kratom from a reputable source, you help sustain the health of small rural communities in Southeast Asia. Always make sure that you consult with a vendor before buying to ensure they are a fair trade business and taking good care of their partners in Southeast Asia.