Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Is it illegal to use moss in Christmas cribs?

The smell is earthy, because that’s where it comes from and that’s exactly what you want it to smell like.

During Christmasuse of Moss and Paxel, also known as tonight, common in the nativity of homes, public squares and churches; However, this year one variant has sparked controversy among sellers and consumers: how illegal it is marketed.

according to Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semernet)The commercialization of both species violates the general law of ecological balance and environmental protection, as there is no adequate management program for their extraction.

“Extraction, distribution and sale have been illegal for a long time. Both the moss and the paxal are species protected by NOM059, although there is no formal mechanism in place to protect them,” says Alondra Cuatlaxhue Portada, a community brigade member in La Malinche National Park’s Resurrecion, Puebla.

Though births They have been popular since the time of St. Francis of Assisi to represent the birth of Christ, as reported by various historians. Mexico The custom is to add the traditional figures of Mary, Joseph and the Child God, elements of nature. What little is put on the table about this tradition is the Bethlehem Portal’s cost to the environment.

“Human gait will always deteriorate when we remove a piece of pectal or Moss We remove from the ecosystem the possibility of regulating their humidity and minerals, because that is the function of these species,” explains Alondra.

even the smallest graze counts

as he Moss As such paxels are important elements within the ecosystem.

“These types of species grow around trees, because they help them grow better, because they retain moisture and, in the case of mosses, it protects the soil so that there are no predatory species that eat the trees.” harm,” explains Cuatlaxhue. Page.

When observing them in nature, both plants have a language of their own: the intense green of moss warns of moisture in the area and evidence of vibrant life among larger trees, while tonight This gives the oak a bearded appearance, which in height announces the years that they have resisted giving life.

“These plants grow in forests of pine, but mainly oak, which are very humid areas (…) Attempts have been made to reproduce them for sale, especially at this time, but it is too common No,” says Alondra.

According to environmentalists, environmental education is essential for the conservation of these species, preventing the spread of ecosystems from becoming normal.

“It is a collective work, which also involves the communities that we live near these places. [como La Malinche], We have to understand that they have an environmental function and are not decorations that look pretty”, he concluded.

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profit in peso

On the forager side is Etzel, a winemaker for seasonal items in Puebla’s capital.

Among its items for sale are Christmas fir trees which range from 160 to 600 pesos. there are also small stacks of paxels or tonight 5 pesos or less for bar Moss for 85.

Days before Christmas, Itzel still has inventory, she says, adding that her profit per stack of Paxels is minimal, also that sales have been down this year, even more than years of confinement. COVID-19.

“I think it’s because people have less money now,” he said in an interview.

on the law prohibiting the sale Moss why tonightEtzel, like her colleagues at the market, says they know her.

One of them, who prefers not to be named, says that there have been cases in which National Guard Confiscates goods indicating that they are illegal to trade, which is why they are stocked in small quantities.

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