Bamboo's Rise Puts China's Tradition at Risk

For millennia, bamboo has been used to make houses, books, hats, carts and every imaginable tool. In traditional China, it was everywhere, as people made full use of all of its parts.

But bamboo prices have jumped in recent years, as Western consumers have discovered that it makes durable and attractive flooring and furniture. Now, it's too expensive to be put to many of its traditional uses.

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