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Natac Adopts Grape through ABC's Adopt-an-Herb Program
The American Botanical Council (ABC) welcomes Natac’s adoption of grape (Vitis vinifera) through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb botanical education program. Read more here.
ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Maca Root and Root Extract Bulletin
The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a Botanical Adulterants Prevention Bulletin on maca (Lepidium meyenii, syn. L. peruvianum, Brassicaceae) root* and root extract. Maca roots have been cultivated in the Peruvian Andes for thousands of years as a nutritious food, and have a history of use as medicine to enhance fertility, to provide energy, and for their effects on mood and well-being. Read more here.
Retail Sales of Herbal Supplements in US Increase by 8.5% in 2017, Topping $8 Billion
Total consumer spending on herbal dietary supplements in the United States reached an estimated $8.085 billion in 2017, according to the recently published HerbalGram Herb Market Report for 2017. The report, which appears in issue 119 of the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) quarterly, peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram, notes that this is the first time total US retail sales of herbal supplements have surpassed $8 billion. In addition, the 8.5% increase in total sales from 2016 is the strongest growth for these products in more than 15 years. Read more here.
Goldenseal Conservation Status Is Subject of In-Depth HerbalGram Article
As its cover article, issue 119 of the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) quarterly, peer-reviewed scientific journal HerbalGram features a comprehensive, 16-page article about the conservation status of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis, Ranunculaceae). The article, titled “Protecting Goldenseal: How Status Assessments Inform Conservation,” was written by plant conservation experts Leah E. Oliver and Danna J. Leaman, PhD. It includes vivid images of the species by herbalist and photographer Steven Foster. Read more here.
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