ok, the population of the ati (native filipinoes, where i bought the orchids) are dwindling. on wikipedia, 2000++ in 7 large islands. so as for the amount of orchids that they take from the wild would be negligible. they too are nomadic so they do not collect in just one location, i believe that is sustainable wildlife collecting. they do not exploit the environment unlike commercial collectors.
i think cattan said it perfectly. couldn't have said it any better.... thanks...
Ati (Philippines) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
article on wikipedia about the ati
a picture of an ati woman from wikipedia, selling orchids and drinking beer.