The American Herbal Products Association's (AHPA) 2008-2010 Tonnage Survey Questionnaire is now available online. This survey is directed toward primary raw material producers and is essential to helping ensure the continued sustainable harvest of North American herbs.
This seventh survey will track 27 botanical commodities, including popular supplement ingredients such as goldenseal, saw palmetto, black cohosh, slippery elm, cascara sagrada and Echinacea angustifolia.
The AHPA Tonnage Survey, which is open to all industry herb producers, is considered "a vital index of native U.S. botanical consumption," according to the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and a key resource in support of this effort.
AHPA requests interested companies complete and return the survey by August 5, 2011.
"While harvest information is already available in its components to individual companies, it is a more powerful tool when harvest amounts are tabulated to include combined total usage," notes Steven Dentali, Ph.D., AHPA's chief science officer. "By working together in this manner, AHPA and the community of companies who are in the business of herbs can gain valuable information that helps us all to plan for sustainable growth and stability. Participation in this survey demonstrates the exceptional unity of the industry in our desire to benefit the health of all."
Industry companies are asked to participate by downloading and completing the survey questionnaire and referring other producers to the survey. A survey background and detailed instructions are included with the questionnaire. Please direct any questions about the AHPA Tonnage Survey to Steven Dentali, via email or by phone at 301.588.1171 x103.
About the American Herbal Products Association
The American Herbal Products Association is the national trade association for and the voice of the herbal products industry. AHPA is comprised of domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbs and botanical and herbal products, including foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and non-prescription drugs. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. www.ahpa.org.