To what extent does the cultivation and extraction of the raw materials necessary to produce this product;enhance the diversity of life, that is, aids the greater biospheric services of the planet, the localised eco systems (species and habitat protection) and preserves the associated knowledge, customs and prosperity of the indigenous cultures of the territory?Biospherically Correct
Bamboo adds to the greater biospheric services of the planet through its impressive oxygen production and benefits local eco systems due to minimal water requirements and by reducing erosion (see Green Ingredients). Commercial plantations need to be carefully planned and planted with a non invasive species of bamboo so as not to upset regional ecosystem balance.
Bamboo also has many uses. Animals and humans have long used various parts of the bamboo plant for subsistence: medicine, religion, shelter, tools and wearable clothes:
- Pandas consume the leaves while the tender shoots are a low calorie source of protein and potassium for many cultures
- Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, extracts bamboo manna from the stem as a respiratory tonic
- Bamboo groves often surround shrines as a barrier against evil
- Homes, flooring, and utensils can all be crafted using bamboo