Ginseng: exploring field-cultivated ginseng planting with BWN

In October 2018, the BWN investigation team visited the demonstration of field-cultivated ginseng planting at the invitation of the suppliers in Baishan City, Jilin Province, China. The traditional planting method of Changbai Mountain’s ginseng is planting ginseng in the woodland by selecting undeveloped virgin forests and cutting down the forested areas for ginseng planting. After completing a 4-5-year ginseng planting cycle, new forests area must be chosen. The long-term predatory exploitation of wild resources by farmers has resulted in the destruction of many woodlands. This planting method is obviously environmentally unfriendly and unsustainable. In recent years, with the promulgation of the ban on felling in China, the ginseng planting industry is facing the results of deforestation and lack of land to harvest ginseng.