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ABC’s 2023 Botanical Excellence Awards

The American Botanical Council (ABC) recently announced the recipients of its annual Botanical Excellence Awards. These seven awards celebrate the recipients’ accomplishments and contributions to the herbal medicine industry and wider community in a variety of fields related to medicinal plants. Named after individuals who have made essential contributions to ABC, the awards include: the James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award, Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award, Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award, Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award, ABC Champion Award, Steven Foster Botanical Conservation and Sustainability Award, and Fredi Kronenberg Excellence in Research and Education in Botanicals for Women’s Health Award.

HerbDay at the American Botanical Council — May 6, 2023 — 10am-4pm

If you are coming to HerbDay, please consider carpooling. Better yet, take an Uber or Lyft. The city has the street torn up and there are very few parking spots. Parking will be easier on Betty Cook Drive where you can enter through the back gate.

The American Botanical Council (ABC) will host its first live HerbDay celebration since 2019 and the event will be, as always, free and open to the public. It will be held at ABC headquarters at 6200 Manor Road, Austin, Texas 78723 on Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

We are honored to have three renowned herbalists from across the country join us for this revival of a 17-year long tradition. Rosemary Gladstar will be giving a presentation on Herbs as Sweet Medicine for the Soul from 2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

ABC’s Sustainable Herbs Program Releases Video Exploring Regenerative Herb Farming in Costa Rica

April 12, 2023

AUSTIN, Texas (March 28, 2023) – The nonprofit American Botanical Council’s (ABC) Sustainable Herbs Program (SHP) has just released a new video exploring how farmers are using regenerative farming practices to grow herbs and medicinal plants while building soil health and resilient farming communities in Costa Rica. The video highlights how supporting these human and ecological communities is critical to the quality and long-term supply of many of the medicinal plants on which the herb industry depends.

Nonprofits Launch First Global List of Natural Health Products Independently Assessed for Specific Scientific Evidence

February 02, 2023

Austin, Texas (March 20, 2023). Empowered By Evidence (EBE), a global independent nonprofit organization supporting evidence-based product development in the natural health sector, and the American Botanical Council (ABC), a nonprofit research and education organization which promotes responsible, science-based use of herbal medicine, announce the launch of a database for consumers, researchers, and healthcare professionals to assist informed natural product choice based on specific scientific and clinical evidence.

ABC’s Sustainable Herbs Program Launches Updated Sustainability and Regenerative Practices Toolkit 2.0

March 23, 2022

AUSTIN, Texas (March 3, 2023) – The American Botanical Council’s Sustainable Herbs Program has launched the SHP Sustainability and Regenerative Practices Toolkit 2.0, an updated, expansive collection of resources to generate awareness and engage leaders in the global botanical industry in implementing ecologically and socially responsible practices. The Toolkit is user-friendly, and freely accessible. The toolkit is greatly expanded and revised from the initial SHP toolkit released in 2021. Download Here.