Press releases from the American Botanical Council
Biotropics Malaysia Adopts Tongkat Ali through ABC's Adopt-an-Herb Program (11/6/2017)
American Botanical Council Begins 30th Year (10/31/2017)
American Botanical Council Publishes Online Version of The Identification of Medicinal Plants Book (10/19/2017)
Botanical Adulterants Program Releases New Bulletin on Substitution of Rhodiola rosea with Other Rhodiola Species (10/16/2017)
All Press Releases
Birthwort Cancer Risk: People are Still Eating One Of The Most Dangerous Plants On Earth as a Traditional Medicine
Oct. 18, 2017 Newsweek
ABC Leads Effort to Make Sure Rejected Raw Material is Destroyed, Not Resold
Oct. 12, 2017 NutraIngredients-USA
Solvents Publication Will Bolster Industry's Quality Practices, ABC Founder Says
Oct. 5, 2017 NutraIngredients-USA
SupplySide West: ABC’s Mark Blumenthal on Botanical Adulteration
Oct. 4, 2017 WholeFoods Magazine
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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:
From NBJ Summit
Mark Blumenthal speaks on Fighting Ingredient Adulteration
Ingredient adulteration is the biggest problem affecting the supplement market today. Hear what herbal organizations are doing to help others understand how to properly identify and test incoming raw materials so they will not fall victim to inauthentic material. See video here.
17th Annual CMA Annual Conference. ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal was the keynote speaker. See Mark's lecture on the topic of adulteration here.
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:
SOHO EXPO 2017. Dec. 2-3, 2017. Kissimee, FL. Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, will be giving the keynote speech on Friday, Dec 1, at 4:00pm EST. The talk is entitled “Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analyses of Controlled Clinical Trials that Show Positive Trends & Results for Herbs & Phytomedicine.” 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.
2016 Award Recipients:
James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: K. Hüsnü Can Başer, PhD, and Gerhard Buchbauer, PhD for their work — Handbook of Essential Oils: Science, Technology, and Applications, 2nd edition
Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, PhD, President of the Republic of Mauritius
Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Brassica Protection Products LLC
Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Ikhlas Khan, PhD
ABC Champion Award
Josef Brinckmann, medicinal plants research fellow at Traditional Medicinals