The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has published its fifth report quantifying annual harvests of selected North American botanical plants.
Tonnage Surveys of Select North American Wild-Harvested Plants, 2006-2010 includes quantifications of harvests from 2006 to 2010 for 26 botanical commodities derived from 22 plant species, including a number of high-volume herbal commodities.
The report includes data tables on both fresh and dried quantities of materials subject to harvest from wild (uncultivated) populations as well as for cultivated materials and features extensive charts and analysis. The data represent aggregate quantities of harvest data provided to AHPA by companies that serve as raw material suppliers to the trade.
Recognized as a vital index of native U.S. botanicals harvesting, the report includes a selection of data available in previous reports.
"The ongoing AHPA coverage of North American activities involving these important plants provides us with continuing insight into the sources of marketplace botanical commodities," said Steven Dentali, Ph.D., AHPA's chief science officer. "For example, we continue to see a significant, meaningful portion of goldenseal root and rhizome (Hydrastis canadensis) being harvested through cultivation rather than solely by wild harvesting practices."
The information in the new report helps enable informed decisions by government regulators and may serve to support the sustainable use of these plants. The report will be of interest to suppliers that trade in these products and manufacturers that employ them as ingredients.
"The AHPA data on the supply of herbal botanicals are the best available," added James Chamberlain, Ph.D., research forest products technologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. "The data demonstrate the commitment of industry to documenting the amount of raw materials being harvested and utilized to address important health issues. This information is essential and critical to conserving the plants and the businesses that depend on these plants."
AHPA intends to conduct the tonnage surveys biannually going forward, with the next two-year survey to cover the 2011 and 2012 harvest seasons.
Tonnage Surveys of Select North American Wild-Harvested Plants, 2006-2010 is available to AHPA members at no charge. Non-members may purchase it for $35. For more information, including the list of botanicals included in the survey, and to order the report, visit the AHPA online bookstore. Tonnage surveys from 1999, 2000-2001, 2002-2003, and 2004-2005 are also available from the AHPA online bookstore.