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Keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in herbal medicine. From ABC's appearances as a trusted source of information for the press to the speaking engagements of Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, you'll find it all here and more.

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ABC In the Media

Everyday Foods and Cosmetics That Use Wild Plants May Be Harming the Environment
Aug. 29, 2022 – National GeographicThe Potential of Fluid Delivery Formats for Curcumin
Aug. 23, 2022 – Natural Products InsiderStudy Adds Credibility of Antiviral Effects of Echinacea Extract in Relation to COVID-19
Aug. 19, 2022 – NutraIngredients

Respect Your Elders: Checking in with ElderberryAug. 9, 2022 – Nutritional Outlook

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News Also of Interest


Steven Foster Tribute. January 2022.

Indigenous Amazon Communities Fight Deforestation with New Early-Alert Tool. Scientific American. August 9, 2021.

Through war, wildfire and pandemic, the world's seed vaults hold strong. Mongabay. December 8, 2021. 

NYBG-led scientists foresee a “profound impact” from the COVID-19 pandemic on research about relationships between local communities and their environment. New York Botanical Garden. June 22, 2020.

Plant life 'expanding over the Himalayas'
. BBC News. January 10, 2020. Researchers have found plant life in the Himalayas, including in the Everest region, where vegetation was not previously known to grow.

ABC News - On the Air

ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal travels the world speaking about relevant herbal topics. Check out video, podcasts and articles featuring Mark and other ABC employees:

Herbs with Rosalee Podcast
July 7, 2021. Ann Armbrecht, director of ABC's Sustainable Herbs Program and author of The Business of Botanicals: Exploring the Healing Promise of Plant Medicines in a Global Industry discusses sourcing botanicals in the global herbal medicine industry, challenges, shortcomings, and opportunities to become a stronger exemplar of social and environmental stewardship. Listen to the podcast episode here.

In Crisis? Retain Them!

June 25, 2021. Discover why Mark Blumenthal (founder of ABC, board advisor, and serial entrepreneur) is hiring an executive director, and why he retained all his team members during the pandemic, in this episode of CEO Blindspots hosted by Birgit Kamps. Listen to the podcast episode here.

The ABCs of Herbal Medicines with Mark Blumenthal
August 24, 2020. ABC Founder & Executive Director Mark Blumenthal speaks with Dr. Cassandra Quave on topics of sustainability, problems with adulteration and safety of herbs, and how to learn more about the healing power of plants are all covered in this episode of the Foodie Pharmacology podcast. Listen to the podcast episode here.

Adulteration and Fraud of Botanical Materials in the Global Botanical Marketplace
November 9, 2020. In this lively session ABC Founder & Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, ABC Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, PhD, and Health Business Strategies Founder Michael Levin review the research and authoritative publications of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) which is now starting its 10th year of service to the global botanical community. Watch the recording here.

How brands can prevent adulteration from poisoning profits
July 6, 2020. In this Natural Products INSIDER's podcast episode Senior Editor Todd Runestad and ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal discuss how consumer brands can prevent adulteration and protect their brands. Listen to the episode here.

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ABC News - On the Road

ABC's staff and board members speak at conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world. 

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ABC Webinars

Free Webinars

The American Botanical Council and Sustainable Herbs Program are hosting a series of free webinars with leaders in the botanical community. Check this page regularly for updates.

Sourcing Medicinal Plants in Nepal: A Conversation with Ann Armbrecht
Nov. 17, 2022
2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Register here.

Botanical Excellence Awards

ABC’s Botanical Excellence Awards were founded in 2006. They are presented each year at the American Botanical Celebration, which takes place in conjunction with the Natural Products Expo West/Next Innovation Summit (formerly known as Nutracon). Recipients are chosen based on their contributions to the herbal and botanical community during the previous year.

2022 Award Recipients:

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Guido F. Pauli, PhD

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Max Zeller Söhne AG

ABC Champion Award: Steven Foster

Fredi Kronenberg Excellence in Research and Education in Botanicals for Women’s Health Award: Gail Mahady, PhD

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: Reference/technical category: A History of the Korean Ginseng Industry
Consumer/popular category:The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines

Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Emily Ruff

Steven Foster Botanical Conservation and Sustainability Award: United Plant Savers

All recipients