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Herb Industry Pioneer Ben Zaricor Dies at 74
By the Zaricor-Veninga Family and ABC Staff

Ben R. Zaricor, owner of Fmali Inc. and Good Earth Tea Company, passed away at his home in Soquel, California, on June 8, 2022. Ben was a founder of the Herb Trade Association and served as one of its “tri-presidents” from 1976 to 1977. He also was one of the founders of Botanicals International, a major botanical import and distribution company based in California. His activism opened up new opportunities for herbs and botanicals in the United States market. Read more >>

Turmeric growing in the shade©2022 Ann Armbrecht


Regenerative Turmeric in Nicaragua: A Sustainable Herbs Program Case Study on Ethical Trade Partnerships
By Ann Armbrecht, PhD

Sustainable Herbs Program Director Ann Armbrecht, PhD, recounts a trip to Nicaragua to meet with producers, manufacturers, and farmers who are forming partnerships to support community development and increase the output and profit margin of various botanicals, including turmeric. By cultivating medicinal and aromatic plants in addition to coffee, farmers can count on incomes that are less reliant on market fluctuations. However, these partnerships require open, ongoing communication and trust. Read more >>

©2022 Mark Blumenthal


Steven Foster Honored with Trail and Glade Dedication in Eureka Springs during Celebration of Life Ceremony
By Mark Blumenthal

At the celebration of life ceremony for Steven Foster, the author, photographer, and botanist was honored with a trail and glade named after him at Lake Leatherwood City Park in Eureka Spring, Arkansas. During the ceremony, which included a plant walk along the newly dedicated “Foster Trail,” friends and colleagues remembered Foster’s legacy as a scholar, Ozark plant expert, and artist. Read more >>


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Dennis VC Awang: 1937–2022

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Featured Book
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The Healing Garden: Cultivating & Handcrafting Herbal Remedies was written by Juliet Blankespoor and published by Harvest in 2022. The excerpt includes selections from the introduction.
This book, authored by Juliet Blankespoor, founder of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, is a comprehensive guide to growing and using healing plants that celebrates the beauty and therapeutic properties of plants. It covers topics such as how to plan an herb garden, including container gardens; information on seed propagation, soil quality, and holistic gardening practices; 30 plant profiles that include growing instructions, medicinal properties, and uses; foundational principles of herbalism; and 70 recipes for teas, tinctures, oils, salves, syrups, and more. This book will appeal to home gardeners, those interested in natural wellness, and both novice and experienced herbalists.
The Healing Garden can be ordered from the publisher. ©2022 Harvest. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
Media Watch
Thailand Becomes the First Asian Country to Legalize Marijuana, But Only for Medical Use. TIME. June 9, 2022. The Thai government has said it is promoting cannabis for medical use only, warning that recreational use and possession of products with a THC level above 0.2% are subject to potential jail time or a fine.

New Study in Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis Reveals Influence of Host Plant on Medicinal Qualities of Mistletoe. EurekAlert! June 8, 2022. A team of scientists investigated the influence of the host plant and environmental factors on metabolite composition of mistletoe.

DNA Barcoding Researcher Not Guilty of Misconduct According to University Panel Investigating Allegations. Nutritional Outlook. June 7, 2022. The investigation panel’s chair wrote in the decision that though Newmaster “[displayed] a pattern of poor judgement and failed to apply the standards reasonably expected in research activity in his discipline,” there was “insufficient evidence” to find him guilty of misconduct.

Benefit of Supplements for Slowing Age-related Macular Degeneration. ScienceDaily. June 2, 2022. Analysis of 10 years’ worth of data on macular degeneration has correlated supplementation with the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin with a reduced progression of the disease.

Cambridge University Herbarium Gains National Significance Accolade. Cambridge University. May 31, 2022. The award recognizes the historical and scientific significance of the herbarium’s collections, which include specimens collected by Charles Darwin during his expedition on the HMS Beagle.

Two States Push Laws to Protect the Market for Kratom, Users. Natural Products Insider. May 27, 2022. Colorado and Missouri are considering bills that would regulate the sale and labeling of kratom products.

Cranberry Consumption May Boost Memory and Ward off Dementia in Elderly, Study Finds. NutraIngredients. May 26, 2022. The consumption of freeze-dried cranberry powder in adults between 50 and 80 years old was correlated with improvements in episodic memory and neural functioning, as well as decreased cholesterol levels.

In Appalachia, a Race to Preserve the Practice of Plant Healing. Vox. May 26, 2022. Herbalists in the Appalachian Mountains are struggling to keep their practice of herbalism with native plants alive for a new generation.

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Community and Industry Releases

Foods of the Future. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. June 10, 2022.

NPA Urges Senate HELP Committee to Strike Dietary Supplement Provisions from FDASLA. Natural Products Association. June 7, 2022.

FDA Launches New Dietary Supplement Education Initiative for Consumers, Educators, and Healthcare Professionals. US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). June 2, 2022.

Announcing the Business Case for Collective Landscape Action Initiative. Rainforest Alliance. June 2, 2022.

NYBG’s Major Exhibition Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love Examines the Art and Science of Foodways and Food Traditions and Celebrates Plants as Foundational to All Culinary Customs. New York Botanical Garden. June 1, 2022.

Organic Trade Association Applauds Investment of up to $300 Million in New Organic Transition Initiative. Organic Trade Association. June 1, 2022.

Community: The Secret to Stopping Deforestation in Guatemala. Rainforest Alliance. June 1, 2022.

CRN Objects to Missing Protections in FDA Safety and Landmark Advancements Act. Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). May 27, 2022.

In Memory of John Burton, TRAFFIC’s First Leader. TRAFFIC. May 27, 2022.

Naturopathic Doctors Hope to Be Licensed in New York. American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. May 26, 2022.

AHPA Gives Feedback on Senate HELP Committee MPL Proposal. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). May 24, 2022.

Orchids in India’s Illegal Wildlife Trade: A New Factsheet Released on International Day for Biological Diversity. TRAFFIC. May 22, 2022.

FDA Releases NDI Enforcement Discretion Draft Guidance. AHPA. May 20, 2022.

NCCIH Supports Research Training for Complementary and Integrative Health Practitioners. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. May 20, 2022.

Initial AHPA Time Study Results Suggest Nearly $20 Million Initial Compliance Price Tag for Durbin/Braun Product Listing Bill. AHPA. May 19, 2022.

CRN Responds to FDA’s NDI Announcement. CRN. May 19, 2022.

New FDA Draft Guidance Aims to Increase Safety Information About Dietary Supplement Marketplace. FDA. May 19, 2022.

FairWild Foundation Establishes Recognition Arrangements for the mabagrown® Standard. FairWild Foundation. May 2022.

NSF Advances Industry Leadership through SCNM Master’s Degree Curriculum. NSF International. May 2022.

Featured Event

Sustainable Herbs Program Webinar: Issues in Chinese Botanical Industry: A Conversation with Thomas Avery Garran. Online. June 30, 2022. Chinese herbal medicine expert Thomas Avery Garran, PhD, will speak about his perspectives on what is happening on the ground with herb production in China. Topics will include wild herbs versus cultivated, the need for domestic cultivation, and others. Register here.

Restore, Revitalize, Reconnect. Spokane, Washington, and Online. July 21–23, 2022.

Red Earth: The 6th Annual Mountain West Women’s Herbal Gathering. Berthoud, Colorado. September 9–11, 2022.

Integrative Dermatology Symposium. Tucson, Arizona. September 30 – October 2, 2022.

American Herbalists Guild Annual Symposium. Bethesda, Maryland. October 21–24, 2022.

SupplySide West 2022. Las Vegas, Nevada. October 31 – November 3, 2022.

More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.

Herbal IQ
This botanical, the main ingredient of the Juneteenth beverage “red drink,” is an antioxidant powerhouse with potential benefits for hypertension, blood lipid levels, and liver health. Learn more about its associations with African and Caribbean cultures here.