American Botanical Council

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"Provide education using science-based and traditional information to promote responsible use of herbal medicine — serving the public, researchers, educators, healthcare professionals, industry and media.

"Since 1988, the American Botanical Council (ABC) has been educating consumers, healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, industry and the media on the safe and effective use of herbs and medicinal plants. ABC is an independent, nonprofit organization supported by thousands of members around the world." [1]


Accessed February 2013: [2]

  • Michael J. Balick - Vice President and Chair, Research and Training Director and Philecology Curator, Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York
  • Neil Blomquist - Founder and President, Sustainable Solutions Consulting Services

ABC Board Treasurer

  • Peggy Brevoort - President, Brevoort, LLC, Seattle, Washington - ABC Board Vice President
  • James A. Duke - Economic Botanist (USDA, ret.), Author, Fulton, Maryland - ABC Board Member Emeritus
  • Norman R. Farnsworth (Deceased) - Research Professor of Pharmacognosy, Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Steven Foster - President, Steven Foster Group, Inc., Eureka Springs, Arkansas - ABC Board President
  • Fredi Kronenberg - Consulting Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York - ABC Board Secretary
  • Bernadette Marriott - Principal Associate/Scientist, Domestic Health, Abt Associates, Inc., Vice President for Science and Education at the Samueli Institut
  • Morris Shriftman - CEO, Mozart, Inc., Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  • Margaret Wittenberg - Global VP of Quality Standards and Public Affairs, Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas
  • Mark Blumenthal - Founder and Executive Director, American Botanical Council - (ex officio member)



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  1. American Botanical Council About, organizational web page, accessed February 10, 2013.
  2. American Botanical Council Board, organizational web page, accessed February 10, 2013.