2011 - 2017 Tonnage Survey of Select North American Wild-Harvested Plants

2011 - 2017 Tonnage Survey of Select North American Wild-Harvested Plants

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Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) conducted quantitative surveys to estimate annual harvests of certain Native North American herbs in commerce; survey data from harvests in each of the seven years from 2011 to 2017 are reported here. In the current report, AHPA developed, conducted, and tabulated the results of two individual surveys designed to quantify the annual harvest of 41 botanical commodities for harvests conducted from 2011 through 2013, and 45 botanical commodities for harvests conducted from 2014 through 2017. Plant species were selected for inclusion in the surveys based on their use in herbal products and their status as wild harvested commodities, for at least some part of their market.

Data reported here represent aggregate harvest quantities for specific commodities; data were provided to AHPA by primary producers, collectors, aggregators, distributors, and suppliers of botanical raw materials. For each of the commodities included in this report, respondents were asked to provide information on the amounts of both cultivated and wild-harvested material, and of both fresh (i.e., not dehydrated) and dried material. So while this study is focused on native North American wild- harvested species, this report includes data for fresh and dried quantities of wild-harvested supplies, as well as fresh and dried quantities of cultivated materials, if any were reported. Additionally, for 2014-2017 respondents were asked to report quantities of each commodity that were certified organic in conformity with the USDA National Organic Program, as well as information on participation in third party certification programs, and production utilizing alternative farming methods.

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