Here is some enlightening information about the harvesting of the Tagua Nut:
Tagua is being used more and more as an ivory and bone substitute due to its likeness to ivory, thus helping to protect endangered species who would otherwise be hunted for their ivory. The harvest of the Tagua nut is a wonderful way to protect endangered lands and bring a sustainable, renewable, natural resource that can provide economic stability and an alternative to rainforest destruction. In one year, one Tagua Palm produces as much "ivory" as a female elephant does in her lifetime.
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