Tag Archives: sustainable

Forest Botanicals Week – Sustainable Herbs Program

I’m thrilled to share with you the launch of Forest Botanicals Week (May 18–22, 2020). Forest Botanicals Week is a public awareness campaign supporting a sustainable, responsible, and equitable supply of Appalachian forest botanicals. Along with our partners, Katie Commender from the Appalachian Herb Hub and I have been hard at work creating an information-filled week to bring to life these forest botanicals and the

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The SHP Sustainability & Regenerative Practices Toolkit – Sustainable Herbs Program

Please watch this video introduction to the free SHP Toolkit Becoming Better Stewards How can companies sourcing medicinal plants from around the world become better stewards for the people, plants, and ecosystems on which they depend? The SHP Sustainability and Regenerative Practices Toolkit is a collection of practical resources and best practices, specific to the herb and botanical business sectors, that

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Sustainable Harvesting of Dragon’s Blood (Croton lechleri) in Peru

by Steven R. King HerbalGram. 2020; American Botanical Council This article describes the sustainable management practices and use of sangre de drago (Croton lechleri, Euphorbiaceae), meaning “dragon’s blood,” a medicinal plant native to tropical forests, which has been used in traditional medicine by many Amazonian indigenous peoples and cultures for centuries. This plant is also used as a phytomedicine in Latin

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Plants in Peril: Climate Crisis Threatens Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

HerbalGram issue 81, published in 2009, featured an extensive article by then-Managing Editor Courtney Cavaliere about the effects of climate change on medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs).1 In the decade since then, the situation has intensified, and new insights have emerged. In the face of climate change, plants, including MAPs, may move, adapt, or go extinct. Indeed, large-scale changes in plant distributions,

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HerbalGram Special Sustainability and Conservation Issue Highlights Threat of Climate Crisis on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

AUSTIN, Texas (November 25, 2019) — Rapidly warming temperatures, fluctuating precipitation patterns, and changing landscapes are having measurable negative effects on global flora, including medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). These impacts are described in the extensive cover article of issue 124 of HerbalGram, the quarterly, peer-reviewed scientific journal of the nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC). This latest issue focuses on conservation and sustainability

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Get Wild! 5 Steps for Habitat Certification

Want to do your part to help the planet? Turn your backyard or business lot into a certified wildlife habitat that helps protect and promote native plants and species. According to a United Nations report, one million species may be “pushed to extinction” in the next few years due to human impact. As the Center for Biological Diversity explains, while

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Sustainable Harvest of Wild Plant Populations

Introduction Harvesting plant resources from wild populations have a number of benefits. For many medicinal and aromatic species, wild material is thought to be qualitatively superior to cultivated stock because plants that grow in natural, more adverse environments typically produce increased amounts of secondary metabolites.1 Wild-harvested plants frequently provide an important source of income for local communities, and can also offer

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