ABC's Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award To Be Given to Professor Rachel Mata (2/13/2020)
New Botanical Adulterants Prevention Bulletin Reviews Evidence of Olive Oil Adulteration and Fraud (1/9/2020)
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy Adopts True Lavender through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program (12/19/2019)
HerbalGram Special Sustainability and Conservation Issue Highlights Threat of Climate Crisis on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (11/25/2019)
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Five Drivers of the Correlated Growth of Cannabis, Herbal Medicine
Jan. 29, 2020 – Green Entrepreneur
2020 Predictions: Staff Changes at FDA, CBD, Personalization, and the Microbiome
Jan. 15, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
ABC Releases BAPB on Olive Oil
Jan. 14, 2020 – WholeFoods Magazine
Olive Oil Adulteration Still Among Most Common Cases of Food Fraud
Jan. 13, 2020 – Nutraceuticals World
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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.
The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature. TIME. September 12, 2019. Wallasea is the largest restored coastal wetland in Europe, an exemplar of a growing movement to “rewild” land and return it to the way it was before humans began inhabiting it millennia ago.
Meat-eating Plants Making a Comeback in England. BBC News. September 4, 2019. Botanists will reintroduce carniverous plants like the sundew (Drosera anglica) to parts of England as an attempt to bolster endangered populations whose numbers have been decimated by the disappearance of wetlands.
Can This Ancient Greek Medicine Cure Humanity? New York Times, July 26, 2019. The resin from the mastic tree, that grows on the Greek island of Chios, has been used by locals as a panacea for centuries. Now pharmaceutical companies are showing interest.
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:
Supply Side West Overview
October 29, 2019. Judy Brooks and Roy Walkenhorst of Healing Quest speak with ABC Founder Mark Blumenthal about Supply Side West ingredients trends in the dietary supplement world. Listen to the episode here.
Late Night Health Radio
October 17, 2019. Late Night Health Radio host Mark Alyn speaks with Mark Blumenthal about Americans' health, plant-based foods, and more. Listen to the episode here.
Industry takes stand against botanical adulteration – audio report
June 26, 2019. Natural Products INSIDER’s Karen Butler narrates the discussion among Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council and ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program; Holly Johnson, Ph.D., of the American Herbal Products Association; and Margaret Dohnalek, Ph.D., of Valensa International. Listen to the audio report here.
'Pick one thing and start' to improve sustainability
May 14, 2019. In Natural Products INSIDER podcast, Ann Armbrecht, director of the Sustainable Herbs Program, discusses how brands can start to ease the climate conundrum with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER. Listen to the episode here.
Find more of ABC On the Air in the archive.
ABC's staff and board members speak at conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world:
Pittcon2020. March 2, 2019. Chicago, IL. Stefan Gafner, PhD, ABC's chief science officer, will give a lecture titled "Truth in Labeling? Dietary Supplement Analysis: Authentication, Adulteration and Contaminant Testing." More information.
The Practitioner Channel Forum. April 23-24, 2020. New York, NY. Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, will give a lecture at this event covering ABC's Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program and Sustainable Herbs Program partnership. 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.
2019 Award Recipients:
Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Professor Rachel Mata, PhD