(February 22, 2006, Silver Spring, MD) -- The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has initiated its fifth survey to gather data to quantify annual harvests of selected North American herbs that are used as ingredients in herbal products and that are subject to, for at least some part of their market demand, harvest from wild (uncultivated) populations. As it has for the past seven years, AHPA will compile the data to produce its biannual tonnage survey reports. If you and/or your herbal company are a primary raw material producer of any of the 22 species included in this survey, your participation is essential. The 2004–2005 Tonnage Survey is now posted on the association's website: http://www.ahpa.org/AHPATonnageSurvey.pdf.
Botanical raw material suppliers have a vested interest in harvesting plants in a manner that assures their use by generations to come. Solid data enables informed decisions, and may serve to defend ongoing, sustainable use of these plants. AHPA’s tonnage surveys are an important means to quantify use. Current total harvest data is essential to plan for future use. This information, already available in its components to individual companies, is a much more powerful tool when tabulated to include the industry as a whole.
“I realize we're all busy,” said Ed Fletcher, of Strategic Sourcing and chair of AHPA’s Botanical Raw Materials Committee, “but for many of us, this is the least busy time of year and I encourage any respondents to take the short time needed to complete this survey and send it back in. If at all possible, we'd like to have some preliminary data by Expo West, in late March.”
All information is kept in strict confidence; no individual company data will be disclosed to any other party. If you know someone who should participate in this survey, but who may not have done so in the past, please notify us and we will contact them.
The latest report, Tonnage Survey of Select North American Wild-Harvested Plants, 2002–2003, is available to AHPA members from the AHPA website, at no charge. Non-members may purchase it for $35. This report includes data on both fresh and dried quantities of wild-harvested supplies and fresh and dried quantities of cultivated material. The reports from 1999 and the 2000–2001 surveys are also available from the AHPA bookstore: http://www.ahpa.org/bookstore.htm.
Please return the survey by post, fax, or as an email attachment to Steven Dentali, PhD, AHPA’s Vice President for Scientific & Technical Affairs, by March 15, 2006. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact him at (301) 588-1171, x103 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association devoted solely to herbal issues. Representing the core of the botanical trade -- comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products -- AHPA’s mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of quality with respect to the way herbs are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Website: www.ahpa.org.