The Business of Botanicals and Soil Health

In this episode, Wilson and Ann discuss key areas of sustainability impacting the growth, cultivation and harvesting of herbs. Listen to their conversation to better understand:

Farming Practices - Soil Health: Choice of the crops, variety, seed, rotation, soil fertility, The temperature, soil, terrain, micro-climate and humidity all influence potency of the plant. For the plants to continue to thrive, the entire ecosystem must be protected.

Regenerative Farming: Regenerative farming practices have arrived at the front of the sustainability discussion. While the ideals of regenerative farming are great and noble, regenerative is still a work in progress science-wise, mainly because the impact of regenerative practices are difficult to measure and compare. A single practice sits within a web of interdependent practices, so it may be regenerative on one farm but destructive on another.

Non-GMO Crops: This includes native plant preservation, fertilizers, and doing our best to avoid any non-natural additives

Other resources to learn more about sustainability and building more sustainable manufacturing processes:

Plants are used as medicine by 80% of the world. Similarly, in their 2019 Sustainability Report, the Hartman Group found that in 2019, 51% of consumers purchased sustainable products because they were better for the earth and the environment, up from 32% in 2017.

  1. APHA ToolKit
  2. APHA - Sustainability Resources
  3. SHP - SHP Sustainability & Regenerative Practices Toolkit
  4. Sustainability in the herb trade - Wilson Lau, Nuherbs
  5. SHP - Just How Sustainable is the Herb Industry?