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Resource ID: #15420
Subject: Agriculture
Source: New Yorker
Date: 1998-11-30


The New Yorker reports the strange things people will do for the orchids they love. Collecting orchids is a sort of lovesickness. Once afflicted, seemingly normal people become less like normal people; they become orchid addicts, orchid zealots. The most seriously afflicted cross the line: ever since people first began collecting orchids, some have been driven to smuggle them, poach them, and steal them - to become orchid traffickers and orchid rustlers and orchid thieves.

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