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Keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in herbal medicine. From ABC's appearances as a trusted source of information for the press to the speaking engagements of Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, you'll find it all here and more.

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ABC News - Press Releases


Aloe Vera Bulletin Published by Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (6/19/2019)

Neem Biotech Adopts Garlic and Artichoke through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program (6/10/2019)

ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Receives NutraIngredients-USA Editors Award for Industry Initiative of the Year (6/4/2019)

BOTALYS Adopts Asian Ginseng through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program


All Press Releases


ABC In the Media

Black Seed Oil: High Growth Rates and Exciting Synergistic Effects
June 7, 2019 – NutraIngredients-USA

Setting the Record Straight: Botanical Safety Consortium Not Involved in Regulatory Decisions, Says Co-chair

May 29, 2019 – NutraIngredients-USA

Crazy Mushroom Magic and Herbal Supplementation Are On Trend

May 25, 2019 – Longevity Live

A Different Type of Food Fraud

May 22, 2019 – Food Safety Tech

Find more ABC media mentions in the archive.


News Also of Interest

Why 'Plant Blindness' Matters and What You Can Do About It
. BBC News. April 29, 2019. A phenomenon called 'plant blindness' is described as "the inability to see or notice the plants in one’s own environment". That can have disastrous consequences not only for the environment, but human health.

Watch a Flower That Seems to Remember When Pollinators Will Come Calling. New York Times, April 20, 2019. A colorful Peruvian plant dispenses its pollen according to a savvy, memory-based system, new research suggests.

Grasses Found to Cheat Evolution by Stealing Genes from Their Neighbors
. February 19, 2019. Researchers have found that a species of grass known as Alloteropsis semialata can steal genes from its neighbors to give it an evolutionary advantage.

Dandelions Aren't Just Weeds. You Can Fry Them, Too. September 13, 2018. Some may think of dandelions as just unwanted weeds, but expert forager and nutritionist Debbie Naha says "a weed is just a plant growing where you don't want it to."

ABC News - On the Air

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:

'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.

Ashwagandha Gets Lampooned on Saturday Night Live. That's Great News! 
March 28, 2019. Listen to Todd Runestad, senior editor, Natural Products INSIDER, talk with Mark Blumenthal, founder/executive director of the American Botanical Council, about what it means for consumer acceptance once ashwagandha gets lampooned on SNL.

Herbal Education, Research, and Advocacy
February 20, 2019. ABC's Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal was featured in Wellness Insider Network podcast with pharmacist Lana Camiel talking about herbal education, research and advocacy. Listen to the episode here.

Wholistic Living, Lifestyle Management, and Sustainable Agriculture
November 28, 2018. “Plant chemistry is not static. It’s a dynamic interaction with the environment.” John P. Troup and Mark Blumenthal discuss sustaining life on the planet and the evolution of medicinal herbs in this episode of the Wholistic Matters podcast. Listen to the episode here. 

Find more of ABC On the Air in the archive.



ABC News - On the Road


ABC's staff and board members speak at conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world: 

NBJ Summit. July 18, 2019. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, will give a speech on ABC's Nonprofit Initiatives inluding its roles in the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) and Sustainable Herbs Program (SHP). More information.

67th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research. Sept. 1, 2019. Innsbruck, Austria. Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, and Stefan Gafner, PhD, ABC's chief science officer, will give lectures titled “Efforts to Prevent Adulteration and Fraud in Botanical Materials in the Global Market: An Update on the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program” and “The Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program – Applications,” respectively. More information.

6th World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for Human and Animal Welfare
November 13-17, 2019. N. Cyprus. Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, and Stefan Gafner, PhD, ABC's chief science officer, will give lectures titled "Combating Adulteration and Fraud in the Global Botanical Ingredients Market: A Review of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program" and "Botanical Ingredient Adulteration  A Review of Data Published Over the Past Five Years", respectively. More information.



ABC Webinars

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.


Botanical Excellence Awards

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.

2018 Award Recipients:

ABC Champion Award:
Jim Emme, NOW Health Group

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: GW Pharmaceuticals

Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Linnea & Larry Lardwell

James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award: Dr. Dennis J. McKenna for his work  Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs: 50 Years of Research, Volumes I and II

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Professor Otto Sticher, PhD

Fredi Kronenberg Award for Excellence in Botanicals for Women’s Health: Aviva Romm, MD

All recipients


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