Popular Aphrodisiac Fungus Could Be Harvested To Extinction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A seemingly insatiable demand for the so-called "Himalayan Viagra" may cause lasting ecological damage to the high-altitude regions where the fungus is found. Heralded for its medicinal properties, the fungus is found high in the mountainous Himalayan region, where it is a vital but increasingly tenuous livelihood for poor farmers in rural Nepal and Tibet, according to CBS News. CNN reports that theaverage annual income for many harvesters is $283.

Researches, who will publish a new study in the journal "Biological Conservation," write that "Himalayan Viagra" can fetch as much as $100 per gram in China, making it potentially more valuable than gold.


Via Meristemi