The Amazon Rain Forest And Parts Of Equatorial Africa Are Prime Regions Where Kratom Could Be Grown, And This Is Needed To Decentralize The World's Kratom Supply
The Kratom industry is facing a serious threat due to Indonesia planning on banning Kratom in 2022, which is just 1.5 years from now. If this happens, the supply of Kratom in the United States would be almost completely cut off. There are some hopes that Thailand will legalize Kratom, which could offset the loss of Indonesian Kratom, but there are no guarantees that Thailand will legalize Kratom in time.
Fortunately, there is another alternative, which is growing Kratom in the Amazon Rain Forest and regions of equatorial Africa. Kratom requires very rare and exact climate parameters to flourish, and fortunately the Amazon Rain Forest and some regions of equatorial Africa fit the criteria for proper Kratom growing as will be explained in this article.
If Kratom forests can start to be planted in both the Amazon Rain Forest and equatorial Africa, it would provide much needed decentralization to the Kratom industry, so that no single country banning Kratom, like Indonesia, would cut off the world’s supply. Therefore, this is a critically important manner, and hopefully American Kratom vendors and Indonesian Kratom farmers take it upon themselves to get Kratom forests started in the Amazon Rain Forest and Equatorial Africa.
The Most Important Factors For Kratom Growing: Year-Round Tropical Heat And Humidity, And Lack Of Hurricanes
The reason that Kratom grows in only a very specific region of Southeast Asia, mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia, is because these regions have year-round tropical heat and humidity. Literally, Kratom does poorly if the temperatures even drop to 60 F, and a freeze (32 F or below) would shock and kill even the most mature Kratom tree.
When it comes down to it, Kratom only flourishes in regions which have zero cold fronts. This means Kratom does not even do well in the subtropics, such as South Florida, since if there’s even 1 strong cold front once every 10 years it would wipe out all of the Kratom trees.
Climatologists have mapped out the world’s climate zones, and the only climate zone where Kratom forests can flourish is the tropical-moist zone, which are the brown regions in the below map. The tropical-moist zone has both year round heat, with an almost complete lack of cold fronts, and year-round high humidity.
That being said, not even this map is totally perfect for defining where Kratom grows. First off, some of the northernmost tropical-moist regions, such as Cuba and parts of India, do experience cold fronts even on a yearly basis, and are therefore not ideal for growing Kratom.
More importantly, the reason that Kratom flourishes so much in Indonesia and Malaysia is because of the lack of hurricanes. The below map shows a rough hurricane climatology, and it can be seen that Indonesia and Malaysia are in a region near the equator where there are no hurricanes. A brief scientific side note is that hurricanes almost never develop within roughly 5 degrees of the equator due to a lack of Coriolis force, and in-fact due to the beta effect of the Coriolis force, hurricanes are deflected away from the equator if they approach it. This creates a region right near the equator where hurricanes never happen.
Kratom trees can grow to be 100 feet tall, and in general in a mature Kratom forest, which is the sort of Kratom forest required to mass produce Kratom leaf powder, the trees really are very tall. Kratom forests simply cannot survive if they are in a region that gets hit by hurricanes, because they will be blown down.
Due to this, the tropical-moist climate zones in Central America and the Caribbean are not good regions to grow Kratom, and Kratom forests would never flourish there, since a hurricane will inevitably come along and blow the Kratom forest down.
In-fact, even regions which are known to have some native Kratom, such as the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam are ravaged by hurricanes quite regularly, and are therefore not ideal for growing Kratom.
Basically, although Thailand and Vietnam are viewed as Kratom growing regions, Thailand and Vietnam do not produce anywhere near as much Kratom as Indonesia and Malaysia due to both hurricanes, and the fact that they do very rarely get cold fronts. Therefore, Thailand really cannot replace Indonesia’s Kratom supply.
When it comes down to it, in order for a region to be a prolific Kratom growing region it needs to have zero hurricanes, and also it needs to have zero cold fronts.
Fortunately, almost all of the Amazon Rain Forest meets this criteria, including a large swath of Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. Only in the northernmost part of South America next to the Caribbean are hurricanes possible, and perhaps at the southernmost extremity of the Amazon Rain Forest cold fronts do happen occasionally.
There are also some smaller, but still huge, regions in equatorial Africa which have a tropical-moist climate and no hurricanes which could be Kratom growing regions, especially bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Congo.
I believe Kratom vendors, as well as Indonesian Kratom growers, need to take the initiative and start Kratom forests in both the Amazon Rain Forest and the parts of equatorial Africa where Kratom would flourish. As of now the Kratom industry is way too centralized, since if Indonesia bans Kratom then the whole industry would fall apart and the millions of Kratom users in the world will be left without the Kratom that they need, which would cause widespread suffering and death.
This can all be fixed if an aggressive effort is undertaken to plant Kratom in the Amazon Rain Forest and Equatorial Africa, and it would ensure that the world’s supply of Kratom would be abundant long term.