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Steven Foster

Steven Foster


Remembering Steven Foster: 1957–2022
By Hannah Bauman

Botanist, author, photographer, and herbal community icon Steven Foster died on January 15, 2022. Foster was an integral part of the American herbal community since his start at a Shaker herb farm at age 17. His photography and consultant work took him around the world, and he experienced the herbal medicine trade from the workers in the field to the highest-level executives. He generously lent his time and extensive knowledge to organizations, including the American Botanical Council (ABC). At ABC, he served on the Board of Trustees for 23 years, 10 of which he was the president of the board. His photography appeared in every issue of HerbalGram since issue 24 and he was contributing editor to the journal. His influence spread throughout the herbal community in ways large and small and will continue to be felt for decades after his death. Read more >>

Steven Foster Tribute Page

ABC has created a place to honor Steven’s life and work and allow others from the community to share their remembrances.

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Parsley: Herb of the Year™ 2021 was edited by Gert Coleman and published by the International Herb Association in 2021. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, and the chapter “The Medicinal Properties of Parsley.”

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Media Watch

Traditional Knowledge of Plant Foods and Medicines. LabManager. February 15, 2022. A new special issue of the journal Botany features open-access articles about Indigenous plant knowledge in the Americas and the relationships among Indigenous peoples and the plants around them.

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Chimpanzees May Use Insects as Medicine to Treat Wounds, Study Finds. CBC. February 6, 2022. While chimpanzees and great apes have been observed using plants as medicine, a new study observing chimps in the wild has reported that they may also use flying insects in a similar fashion, though the benefits of the practice have yet to be identified.

BMC Journal Launches Investigation of 2013 Newmaster Paper That Sparked NY AG Affair. NutraIngredients-USA. February 4, 2022. An article published in Science alleges fraud against Steven Newmaster, PhD, a botanist at the University of Guelph in Canada, and again calls into question the 2013 paper on which the flawed but damaging NY Attorney General’s investigation of herbal supplements was based.

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