Friday, November 7, 2008

American Botanical Council Turns 20

Austin, TX -- On November 1, the American Botanical Council (ABC) observed its 20th anniversary. The independent nonprofit research and education organization was established in 1988 by Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, along with noted ethnobotanist James A. Duke, PhD, and renowned pharmacognosist Norman R. Farnsworth, PhD.

Dr. Duke is retired from a 30-year career at the United States Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Farnsworth is still Research Professor of Pharmacognosy and Senior University Scholar at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

According to Dr. Duke, "Respect for herbal medicine has grown geometrically, thanks in large part to ABC and its peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram. Twenty years of ABC have markedly improved public perception of some of the world's best medicines-herbal medicines."

Prof. Farnsworth said, "ABC may be the primary force promoting a reasonable and responsible perspective on the emerging science on herbs and medicinal plants. There is no way to adequately measure the significant contribution ABC has made to the health of American consumers."

"ABC was initially created as a vehicle to take HerbalGram, then a newsletter, to another level of publication -- a full-color, magazine-journal format," noted ABC's Blumenthal.

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