Hands Making Christmas Wreath
From Mountain to Market
Wild-harvesting is at the same time a fragile economy and a multimillion-dollar industry. How can things that grow for free in the wild fetch $100 per pound on the open market? How can communities take advantage of what's all around them, in a way that's sustainable?
This section explores the economic impact of three of Oregon's wild-harvested products — salal, huckleberries and manzanita. Each plant represents an economic resource to rural communities, but they are harvested and brought to market in very different ways.
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Feature: "Multi-Billion Dollar Toes"
Herbal remedies have grown in popularity — and sales — over the past 10 to 15 years, to the chagrin of some powerful competitors. Find out why pharmaceutical companies feel this "niche" industry stepping on their "multi-billion dollar toes."