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

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.
ERB Foundation seeks matching funds to sponsor ginseng program at 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

ERB Foundation seeks matching funds to sponsor 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).

Complete the AHPA Tonnage Survey by April 26 to support sustainable harvests

AHPA's Tonnage Survey is a vital index of native U.S. botanical consumption

AHPA's Tonnage Survey is "a vital index of native U.S. botanical consumption," according to the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) of the U.S. Department of the Interior. If your company is a primary raw material producer, your input is essential to helping defend ongoing sustainable harvest of North American herbs.

AHPA needs your input on sustainability

Complete survey by Feb. 27, 2019

AHPA's recently formed Sustainability Committee invites you to participate in a 7 to 12-minute survey to help AHPA understand the best ways to grow its new sustainability programming and resources for members and the broader herbal industry.
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.

AHPA launches sustainability subcommittee, formalizing ongoing efforts

Subcommittee to further AHPA’s ongoing efforts to ensure sustainable supplies of valuable botanicals

AHPA's Botanical Raw Materials Committee has launched a Sustainability Subcommittee to further AHPA’s ongoing efforts to ensure sustainable supplies of valuable botanicals. The subcommittee will be a vehicle for increasing awareness of sustainability issues and best practices, provide a forum to discuss and develop industry-wide standards, and promote existing sustainability initiatives throughout the industry.

FairWild, TRAFFIC and AHPA focus on sustainability in Cambridge meeting

AHPA members are invested in and committed to programs and practices to ensure herbal supplies are obtained sustainably

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin met Monday with the senior staff of TRAFFIC and the FairWild Foundation at the organizations' main office in Cambridge, England. The meeting was arranged to exchange ideas on how best to collaborate to encourage and support sustainable industry practices in procurement of wild plant species used in the U.S. herbal products industry.
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Meeting Minutes

2019 Annual Fund Sponsors

  

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