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China’s huge demand for wild American ginseng drives trade with North Carolina and threatens the root’s survival

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he global market for ginseng, a staple of traditional Chinese medicine, is $2 billion, and the wild version of the root grown in the United States goes for about $800 a pound. The plant's value has led to overharvesting and a steady decline in the number of wild ginseng plants in Appalachia, the mountainous land running from southern New York through the Carolinas down to Mississippi.
9 months ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is an editorial consultant with SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.
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