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

1 month ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
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.
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is the editor-in-chief of SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.