Press releases from the American Botanical Council
NewsBriefs: August 2016
July 20, 2016 – WholeFoods Magazine
Expert Review: 'DNA Barcoding Unsuitable as a Stand-Alone Tool for Identifying & Authenticating Botanicals'
July 13, 2016 – NutraIngredients-USA
ABC Investigates Black Cohosh Adulteration in Latest Bulletin
June 30, 2016 – Nutritional Outlook
Goldenseal Bulletin Details Adulteration Threats
June 27, 2016 – Nutritional Outlook
Federal Report on Alternative Health Understates Impact of Supplements, CRN Says
June 27, 2016 – NutraIngredients-USA
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What the People of the Amazon Know That You Don't. TEDGlobal. Oct. 2014. In this TED Talk, ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin warns that indigenous tribes and their knowledge are the Amazon's most endangered species.
Humble Plants that Hide Surprising Secrets. TED. Oct. 2014. ABC Advisory Board member Ameenah Gurib-Fakim introduces rare plant species that have evolved in Africa's isolated regions and islands.
ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal travels the world speaking about relevant herbal topics. Check out video, podcasts and articles featuring Mark:
DNA Tests Reliable for Raw Botanicals, but Not Extracts
In this video from Natural Products Insider, Mark explains that DNA testing is a reliable test method for raw botanical materials, but it has serious limitations when it comes to validating the identity of botanical extracts, especially when it’s used alone. Watch here.
Supplements Under Attack, Parts 1 & 2
Dr. Ronald Hoffman interviewed Mark for the Intelligent Medicine Podcast regarding the recent actions of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, based on potentially flawed testing of DNA testing. Listen to both episodes here.
Responsible Use of Herbal Medicine
Aug. 11, 2014. 88.3 WPPB. In this episode of Stirring the Pot with Stefanie Sacks, Mark offers insight into the world of herbal medicine and teaches listeners how to responsibly and effectively navigate the incredible array of herbal remedies now available to the public. Listen here.
Inside Botanical Adulteration
July 2014. Natural Products INSIDER’s Steve Myers interviewed Mark about the scope of the botanical adulteration problem and potential solutions, including how companies can limit exposure to adulteration by qualifying suppliers and only doing business with those who pass tests, as well as collaborative efforts undertaken by ABC, NCNPR and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP), as part of the Botanical Adulterants Program. Watch the video here.
Your Best Resource for Reliable Herbal Medicine Information
March 15, 2014. Steve Lankford interviewed Mark on how we know what herbs are safe and reliable, what the best forms and dosages are, and more. Listen to the recording here.
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ABC's staff and board members speak at conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world:
17th Annual CMA Annual Conference. Sept. 15, 2016. Jones Bay Wharf, Australia. ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will be the keynote speaker and will lecture on the topic of adulteration. More information.
The Annual Conference of Bara Herbs. Nov. 8-9, 2016. Yokneam and Tel-Aviv, Israel. Mark Blumenthal will give a few presentations, one titled "What is that Herb? A Review of the Challenges of Global Adulteration of Herbal Raw Materials and Extracts." More information.
ABC's of Herbal Extractions
ABC Special Projects Director Gayle Engels takes you through the basics of creating herbal extracts in this two-part webinar series.
|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.
2015 Award Recipients:
James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: Jane Buckle, PhD, RN for her work — Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare, 3rd edition
Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: John Thor Arnason, PhD is a professor biology at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada
Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: MediHerb of Warwick, Australia
Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Michael Tierra, LAc, OMD, AHG
ABC Champion Award
Ed Smith, medical herbalist and co-founder of Herb Pharm