As most of you know, when I got into herbalism I started with a wonderful teacher who taught us how to sustainably and ethically harvest local abundant herbs. Because of this, and my focus on real, nutrient dense, local foods, I make it a big point to use sustainable, organic or ethically wild harvested herbs for my clients and in the herb boxes. Many might assume that any herbs we buy are organic and sustainably grown, but there is a dark underbelly to herbalism. Because of the quick growth in the natural health industry and over harvesting of slow growth herbs, we are seeing a decline in plant populations around America. Here in the Rocky Mountains, Osha is being over harvested. This precious and sacred herb takes so long to grow that depleting the population without replanting can have dramatic and long lasting effects. In Appalachia the poaching of goldenseal is a major issue.
Because of these problems, I am happy to support the Sustainable Herbs Project, by the makers of Numen Film, on Kickstarter and I hope you can too! If not please share this post so that others might support this very worthy project.
We talk about clean, sustainable food but what about clean, sustainable herbs?
The Sustainable Herbs Project is a new project by the producers of the award winning documentary, Numen: the Nature of Plants, the first feature length film on the healing power of plants. We are creating an interactive documentary following medicinal plants through the supply chain to provide you with the information needed to feel more confident about the herbal remedies you purchase. With stories, videos, and facts, we’ll bring the supply chain to life with interviews with men and women involved in all aspects of the industry. We will also include information on quality control and testing, an overview of regulations, and other information to help consumers better interpret claims by companies and the media about quality and sustainability issues.
Our vision is to use this site to launch a more educated and responsible consumer movement supporting high quality herbal remedies and sustainableand ethical sourcing. We want this information to be available for free and so we have launched this Kickstarter Campaign to cover our costs up front. Proceeds will go to the design and development of the documentary and to birthing an organization to carry on this work. We have an ambitious fundraising goal because this is an ambitious project. Please contribute what you can! Every donation helps! And also please spread the word!