The American Chestnut Tree, like many deciduous trees in the U.S., has fallen victim to blight. Specifically, Asian bark fungus has decimated the population of the once ubiquitous tree. In the Appalachians it's estimated more than 25% of the trees were once American Chestnuts, but now few trees survive. Infected trees are able to reproduce, but blight usually steps in before they can fully grow. When we featured the ten vehicles that bankrupted GM we hoped to show how products can represent the metaphorical blight plaguing GM, but then Jeraymondjr brought it home with this old chestnut.
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