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Preserving Peyote: Native American Church Leaders Ask that the Sacred Cactus Not Be Decriminalized

By Connor Yearsley
In March 2020, the National Council of Native American Churches and the Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative released a joint statement requesting that decriminalization efforts exclude the medicinal and psychoactive peyote cactus. Concern for the continued survival of the cactus, as many human-related factors have put severe strain on wild populations, prompted these organizations to release the statement. Read more >>





Strengthening Sustainable International Trade in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

By Patricia De Angelis, PhD, and Anastasiya Timoshyna
At the 18th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), held in Geneva, Switzerland, in August 2019, members addressed future directions for the agreement that focused heavily on sustainable use and conservation of protected plants. Efforts to monitor international trade in botanicals that may be considered endangered in their native territories — including permit issuance and consistent and up-to-date surveys and population studies — can help maintain plant populations for future use in trade. Read more >>





Guest Editorial: Musings on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

By Steven King, PhD
Fifty years after the first Earth Day celebration, the message of interdependence and the connection of people to nature is more relevant and resonant than ever. Guest contributor Steven King, executive vice president of sustainable supply, intellectual property, and ethnobotanical research at Jaguar Health, urges a reassessment of our relationship to the natural world and a renewed respect for its plants and people. Read more >>



SHP is celebrating Forest Botanicals Week, a public awareness campaign to support a sustainable, responsible, and equitable supply of Appalachian forest botanicals.



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The Amazon: What Everyone Needs to Know® was written by Mark J. Plotkin, PhD, and published in 2020 by Oxford University Press. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, and a selection from Chapter 4: “Amazonian Biota: What is the Traditional Use of Coca in the Northwest Amazon?”

Tens of thousands of plant species thrive in a complex ecosystem the size of the continental United States. Hundreds of billions of trees play an enormous role in the global climate through carbon sequestration. Millions of people, including approximately 70 isolated and uncontacted tribes, call it home. To address the complexity and diversity of the Amazon, author and expert Mark Plotkin draws on his 40 years of experience and study of the people, flora, and fauna, and distills his knowledge into an overview of this unique ecosystem.

The Amazon: What Everyone Needs to Know can be purchased from the publisher. ©2020 Oxford University Press. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.



Media Watch
Stopping Deforestation Can Prevent Pandemics. Scientific American. June 2020. The last three infectious viruses that have caused global pandemics have come from wild animals that live in tropical forests, and may have been incubated by the conditions caused by the ripple effects of deforestation.

Six Sports Drink Trends to Watch. Nutritional Outlook. May 19, 2020. New innovations, including a push to market brain health ingredients to “esports” players, are taking shape in the sports drink market.

Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Cause Younger Consumers to Adjust Their Health and Wellness Buying Habits? Nutritional Outlook. May 18, 2020. A market research firm has published insights about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on purchasing habits of different generations, predicting the most drastic change in Generation X (born mid-1960s to the early 1980s).

Food as Medicine: The Rise of Gut Health and Its Potential. Natural Products Insider. May 14, 2020. Consumer trends have shifted to prevention, and a renewed focus on a healthy gut has driven sales of fermented foods and personalized nutrition.

Hemp and CBD: Endocannabinoid System Drives Innovation, Growth. New Hope Network. May 5, 2020. Even as CBD dominates the market, other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBDV, CBG, and others — as well as alternative sources for cannabinoids like ginger, clove, and echinacea — are being investigated.

Plant Extract Combo May Relieve Hangover Symptoms. ScienceDaily. April 30, 2020. A combination of plant extracts from fruits, leaves, and roots contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds that may ease a range of physical and psychological symptoms associated with alcohol consumption, according to a recent study.

The Pandemic Is Making Us Depressed and Anxious. Can Healthy Food Provide Relief? Discover. April 29, 2020. The gut microbiome, often called “the second brain,” can influence mental health — provided it has the right ingredients.
Fenugreek Extract Improves Strength and Muscle Mass, Says Recent Study. Nutritional Outlook. April 29, 2020. A proprietary fenugreek extract was associated with improvements in lean muscle mass and maximal exercise in men.

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Community And Industry Releases
CRN and NAD Continue Commitment to Self-Regulatory Efforts for Dietary Supplement Advertising as the CRN/NAD Program Ends. Council for Responsible Nutrition. May 12, 2020.

New Survey from NPA Shows Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Natural Products Industry. Natural Products Association (NPA). May 11, 2020.

More States Take CBD Regulation into Their Own Hands as FDA Stalls. NPA. May 8, 2020.

Bastyr Clinics Offering Free Virtual Wellness Coaching Visits in Response to COVID-19. Bastyr University. May 7, 2020.

Study: CBD Products Marketed toward Pets Suffer from Quality Control Issues. NORML. May 7, 2020.

The Forest Farmers Handbook by Rural Action and UpS — Free PDF Now Available. United Plant Savers (UpS). May 7, 2020.

AHPA Hemp-CBD Status Report. American Herbal Products Association. May 6, 2020.

NUNM Receives $3.275 Million NIH Research Grant. National University of Natural Medicine. May 4, 2020.

Maryland University of Integrative Health Launches Online Integrative Health Job Board. Maryland University of Integrative Health. April 30, 2020.

Learn from Home: With Something for Every Plant-Lover, NYBG’s Online Adult Education Classes in May Are Now Available for Registration. New York Botanical Garden. April 30, 2020.

Study Suggests that Cannabis Access Reduces Opioid Demand Among Pain Patients. NORML. April 30, 2020.

COMPENDIUM: Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation — Free PDFs Now Available. UpS. April 29, 2020.

Expert Review Panel Approves an Analytical Method for Detecting and Measuring Cannabinoids in Hemp. AOAC International. April 22, 2020.

The Quality of Botanical Dietary Supplements: Past, Present and Future. US Pharmacopeia. April 17, 2020.

AHG Issues COVID-19 Best Practice Guidelines for Herbalists. American Herbalists Guild. April 13, 2020.
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NPEENatural Products Expo East. September 23-26, 2020. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More information.

International Congress on Natural Products Research. July 25-30, 2020. San Francisco, California.

VitaFoods Europe. September 1-3, 2020. Geneva, Switzerland.

38th Annual Breitenbush Herbal Conference. September 11-13, 2020. Detroit, Oregon.

4th Annual Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat. September 25-27, 2020. Almond, Wisconsin.

Integrative Dermatology Symposium 2020. October 23-25, 2020. Sacramento, California.

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