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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


Dr. Joe Betz Joins ABC Board of Trustees (3/1/2023)

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ABC In the Media

BAPP Bulletin Outlines Adulteration of Black Seed, a Rising Star Among Medicinal BotanicalsOct. 4, 2022 – NutraIngredients-USAPaper Lays Out Methods for Ensuring Quality of Botanical Supplements Marketed for Immune HealthSept. 30, 2022 – NutraIngredients-USA

Ashwagandha Shows Wellness Benefits in US College StudentsSept. 27, 2022 – NutraIngredients-USA

Pull Back the Mask on Illegal Products Masquerading as Dietary SupplementsSept. 26, 2022 – Natural Products Insider

Find more ABC media mentions in the archive.

News Also of Interest

All hands on deck: The involvement of indigenous people and local communities in Central African rainforests strengthens the fight against the illegal timber trade. TRAFFIC. September 1, 2022.

Scientists Discovered the World's Largest Known Plant, and It's Over 100 Miles Long. Science Alert. June 1, 2022.

A psychedelic surprise may be thriving in your local garden. National Geographic. April 26, 2022.

Steven Foster Tribute. January 2022.

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:

Herbs with Rosalee Podcast
July 7, 2021. Ann Armbrecht, director of ABC's Sustainable Herbs Program and author of The Business of Botanicals: Exploring the Healing Promise of Plant Medicines in a Global Industry discusses sourcing botanicals in the global herbal medicine industry, challenges, shortcomings, and opportunities to become a stronger exemplar of social and environmental stewardship. Listen to the podcast episode here.

In Crisis? Retain Them!

June 25, 2021. Discover why Mark Blumenthal (founder of ABC, board advisor, and serial entrepreneur) is hiring an executive director, and why he retained all his team members during the pandemic, in this episode of CEO Blindspots hosted by Birgit Kamps. Listen to the podcast episode here.

The Business of Botanicals with Dr. Ann Armbrecht
April 19, 2021. Dr. Cassandra Quave of the podcast Foodie Pharmacology speaks with ABC's Sustainable Herbs Program Director Ann Armbrecht as they dive in to the business of herbal medicines, dietary supplements, and all of the different ways that medicinal plans enter the marketplace. Listen to the podcast episode here.

The ABCs of Herbal Medicines with Mark Blumenthal
August 24, 2020. ABC Founder & Executive Director Mark Blumenthal speaks with Dr. Cassandra Quave on topics of sustainability, problems with adulteration and safety of herbs, and how to learn more about the healing power of plants are all covered in this episode of the Foodie Pharmacology podcast. Listen to the podcast episode here.

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.

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. 

Burn It; Don’t Return It! BAPP’s Best Practices SOP for the Disposal / Destruction of Irreparably Defective Articles. Nov. 2, 2022. Las Vegas, NV. Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, and Stefan Gafner, PhD, ABC's chief science officer, will be speaking as part of this workshop that will introduce ABC-AHP-NCNPR's new initiative for removing "irreparably defective" articles from the supply chain. More information.

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.

Sustainability Standards & Certifications as a Tool
Jan. 26, 2022
10:00-11:00 PM Eastern Time
Register here.

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.

2022 Award Recipients:

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Guido F. Pauli, PhD

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Max Zeller Söhne AG

ABC Champion Award: Steven Foster

Fredi Kronenberg Excellence in Research and Education in Botanicals for Women’s Health Award: Gail Mahady, PhD

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: Reference/technical category: A History of the Korean Ginseng Industry
Consumer/popular category:The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines

Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Emily Ruff

Steven Foster Botanical Conservation and Sustainability Award: United Plant Savers

All recipients