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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

 

American Botanical Council Presents Botanical Excellence Awards at 16th Annual Celebration Ceremony (05/26/2021)

American Botanical Council’s 16th Annual Celebration and Botanical Excellence Awards set for online livestream, May 25, 5pm EDT (5/19/2021)

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Olive Oil Laboratory Guidance Document (3/29/2021)

Elder Berry Adulteration Documented by New Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Article (3/23/2021)


All Press Releases

 

ABC In the Media

 

BAPP Puts Out Lab Guidance to Help Detect Olive Oil Adulteration
March 31, 2021 – NutraIngredients


BAPP Publishes Report on Elderberry Adulteration
April 5, 2021 – Nutritional Outlook


Botanical and Herb Suppliers Are Carefully Monitoring Supply and Logistics in 2021
April 6, 2021 – Nutritional Outlook


Pine Bark Extract May Protect Skin from Seasonal Changes, Environmental Stress: Study
April 28, 2021 – NutraIngredients-USA

Find more ABC media mentions in the archive.

 

News Also of Interest

 

Through war, wildfire and pandemic, the world's seed vaults hold strong. Mongabay. December 8, 2021. 

NYBG-led scientists foresee a “profound impact” from the COVID-19 pandemic on research about relationships between local communities and their environment. New York Botanical Garden. June 22, 2020.

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.

 

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:


Adulteration and Fraud of Botanical Materials in the Global Botanical Marketplace
November 9, 2020. In this lively session ABC Founder & Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, ABC Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, PhD, and Health Business Strategies Founder Michael Levin review the research and authoritative publications of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) which is now starting its 10th year of service to the global botanical community. Watch the recording here.

How brands can prevent adulteration from poisoning profits
July 6, 2020. In this Natural Products INSIDER's podcast episode Senior Editor Todd Runestad and ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal discuss how consumer brands can prevent adulteration and protect their brands. Listen to the episode here.


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.


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. No new speaking engagements at this time.

 

ABC Webinars

Free Webinars

The American Botanical Council and Sustainable Herbs Program are hosting a series of free webinars with leaders in the botanical community. Check this page regularly for updates.

FairWild Week Webinar: 'Wild Plants are Our Business'
Monday, June 21, 2021

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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.

2019 Award Recipients:

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Professor Rachel Mata, PhD

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Jaguar Health/Napo Pharmaceuticals

ABC Champion Award: Thomas Brendler

Fredi Kronenberg Excellence in Research and Education in Botanicals for Women’s Health Award: Dr. Mary L. Hardy

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature AwardFlora of the Voynich Codex: An Exploration of Aztec Plants

Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: "Fire Cider Three" Mary Blue, Katheryn Langelier, Nicole Telkes

All recipients