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A Preliminary Sustainability Report of Ayahuasca Vine in the Peruvian Amazon

By Chris Kilham, Medicine Hunter
Following up on his previous trips to Peru, Chris Kilham observes a snapshot of the wild population of ayahuasca vine. With the growing popularity of the psychedelic brew made from the vine in Peru and beyond, concerns about the sustainability of relying on wild-harvesting have prompted cultivation efforts and careful selection of wild vines. This is the third entry in Kilham’s series of reports. Read more >>

Food as Medicine Update: Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus, Cucurbitaceae)

By Jenny Perez, ABC Education Coordinator

The watermelon is a trailing annual with several firm, stout stems that grow up to 3 m (9 ft) in length with palmately lobed, hairy leaves, coiled tendrils, and yellow monoecious (male and female) flowers. READ MORE > >

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Featured Book
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The Elderberry Book: Forage, Cultivate, Prepare, Preserve was written by John Moody and will be published in September 2019 by New Society Publishers. This preview excerpt includes the table of contents, introduction, and Chapter Two, “Description, Anatomy, Terminology, and Nutrition.”

Perennially popular botanical elder has been used for thousands of years as a medicine in traditional practices. The elderberry, valued for its immune-boosting properties, has a history that spans across the globe, and author John Moody explores many aspects of the plant in this book. Chapters discuss elderberry’s history of use and appearance in historical documents, morphological features, cultivation, safe and sustainable foraging, and recipes for food and crafts that use all parts of the elder plant.

The Elderberry Book can be pre-ordered from the publisher. ©2019 New Society Publishers. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
Media Watch
Rwanda’s Tea Investment Must Plan for Long-term Climate Changes. World Tea News. July 15, 2019. Tea producers should plan for more frequent extreme weather events such as flooding and drought in the coming years, experts say.

Frankincense in Trouble: Iconic ‘Gift of the Magi’ is in Decline. USA Today. July 2, 2019. New research suggests that frankincense harvests in Africa will decrease by 50% over the next 20 years due to threats such as overharvesting and animal grazing.
 
40 Unforgettable Founders of the Natural Products Industry. New Hope Network. July 1, 2019. Natural Foods Merchandiser highlights 40 leaders in the natural products industry, including ABC’s own Mark Blumenthal and James A. Duke, PhD.

Review Supports Heart Health Benefits of Aronia Berry Consumption. NutraIngredients-USA. June 28, 2019. A new systematic review and meta-analysis found that aronia berry consumption was associated with increased HDL cholesterol and decreased LDL cholesterol.

United Plant Savers Works to Keep the Wild West out of Wildcrafting and Preserve Native Herbs. New Hope Network. June 28, 2019. The Nutrition Business Journal has selected the nonprofit United Plant Savers as the recipient of its 2018 Stewardship Award.

Heart-healthy Effects of Soy Consistent Over Time, University of Toronto Meta-study Finds. EurekAlert! June 27, 2019. A new analysis of 46 clinical trials supports the cholesterol-lowering effects of soy consumption.

Could Coffee Be the Secret to Fighting Obesity? Science Daily. June 24, 2019. New research suggests that coffee consumption activates “brown fat,” which helps the body burn calories.

Chinese Medicine: The Next Step in Cancer Recovery? CNN. June 19, 2019. Patients are choosing to complement their conventional cancer therapy with traditional Chinese medicine in increasing numbers.

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Events

AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress. August 15-16, 2019. Denver, Colorado.

67th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research. September 1-5, 2019. Innsbruck, Austria.

Natural Products Expo East. September 11-14, 2019. Baltimore, Maryland.

United Plant Savers Celebration. September 21-22, 2019. Rutland, Ohio.

SupplySide West. October 15-19, 2019. Las Vegas, Nevada.

6th World Conference on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. November 13-17, 2019. Famagusta, Northern Cyprus.

More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.

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