'The Business of Botanicals' Book Review



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To protect the plants and the ecosystems which nourish them, we harvest our cultivated or wild plants and make medicines carefully; we buy from those we trust to do the same--local herb farmers at the farmers’ market, our local medicinal companies, a local apothecary.  

Many of us are also likely to buy medicinal herbal products--teas, pills, capsules, powders, oils in bottles from a store or website which itself buys them from a supply company which itself buys from lower on the supply chain and so on down to the original herb collector, whose country may be unknown. Many retailers don’t know the ins and outs of this complex production world. 

When we purchase herbs in a bottle or tea bag, how can we be sure we are getting the best medicinal quality? How do we know the herb going into your herbal formula is the species it’s supposed to be? 

How do we make sure you are supporting organizations along the supply chain that ensure employees make a decent, consistent living in healthy surroundings? How do the companies we buy from ensure continuity of collection, with so many foragers preferring to flock to cities for better wages? 

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