AHPA Sustainability Committee

Sustainability Committee

Co-Chairs: Erin Smith (WishGarden Herbs) and Bethany Davis (MegaFood)
Staff Contact: Holly Johnson, Ph.D., and Holly Chittum, M.S.

Committee Purpose:  To increase awareness of sustainability within the herbal products industry, create a forum for industry leaders to discuss issues related to sustainability, provide educational opportunities and resources for herbal products companies, and promote sustainable and equitable operations and sourcing practices

AHPA Members, if you would like to join this committee, please email the staff contact.

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Sustainability News

Sustainability Self-Assessment Tools & Standards

Recorded July 22, 2020 -- Duration: 2 hours

Webinar presenters will address different approaches to sustainability self-assessment, discuss various sustainability standards, and how to create realistic science based targets, and present examples that will help companies of all sizes plan and execute meaningful self-assessments.

Request for proposals: Slippery elm sustainable wild harvest study

Request for proposals: Slippery elm sustainable wild harvest study

Deadline extended to July 10, 2020

The AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA ERB Foundation) is issuing a request for proposals to award grant funding to eligible applicants in order to enhance and promote knowledge and understanding of sustainable harvest of slippery elm (Ulmus rubra).  The grant supports research effects of varying rates of wild slippery elm bark harvest on tree population health and recovery across multiple harvest sites in order to inform sustainable harvest and management decisions for the species. The anticipated amount of funding available for a sustainable wild slippery elm bark harvest research project is up to $10,000 annually for up to 5 years.

ABC's Sustainable Herbs Program released a free toolkit

The toolkit is a collection of resources and best practices, specific to the herb and botanical industry, that businesses of any size can utilize to become more socially and environmentally responsible.

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 businesses of any size can utilize to become more socially and environmentally responsible. Ultimately, it provides an ethos of caring for the people and planet from where herbs originate.

AHPA sustainability resources

These resources are compiled to help members and the herbal industry on their sustainability journey

Resources included on this page are intended to assist our members on their sustainability journey and inclusion does not represent verification or endorsement by AHPA. If you feel there are resources missing or if something is included here that does not meet high sustainability standards, please let contact AHPA.

VA Senators secure $590,000 to expand forest farming in Appalachia

Virginia Tech project to expand the impact of the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition (ABFFC)

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced almost $600,000 in federal funding for a Virginia Tech project to expand the impact of the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition (ABFFC) by increasing membership and improving opportunities and capabilities among forest farmers.
Ginseng program at 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Ginseng program at 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 24-28 and July 1-5, 2020 -- Washington, DC

The AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA ERB Foundation) has committed to provide financial support for the American ginseng program to be presented as part of the 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an annual 10-day event that takes place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Foundation is seeking matching funds from AHPA members to increase the Foundation’s support of this program.

June 2019 AHPA Report: FDA-USDA at CBD Congress, NDI-GRAS Workshop, AHPA members and staff at USP, CFSAN, NIH and more

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The June AHPA Report includes recent AHPA presentations at NIH, USP, CFSAN, plus legal and regulatory updates, recent AHPA news and advocacy and much more.

April-May 2019 AHPA Report: Sustainability for TCM, Annual Report, IADSA, CBD Guidance and more

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The April-May AHPA Report includes strategies for TCM sustainability, legal and regulatory updates, recent AHPA news and advocacy and much more.

AHPA ERB Foundation issues RFP for goldenseal sustainable harvest study

Proposal submission deadline is July 1, 2019

The AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (ERB Foundation) issued a request for proposals (RFP) to award grant funding to eligible applicants in order to enhance and promote knowledge and understanding of sustainable harvest of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis).
AHPA provides cGMP resources to herbalists attending AHG Symposium

AHPA provides cGMP resources to herbalists attending AHG Symposium

AHG awards Dr. Zimmermann for cGMP compliance poster

AHPA Chief Information Analyst Merle Zimmermann, Ph.D. provided cGMP compliance resources to herbalists attending the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) 29th Annual Symposium in Georgia last week.
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