The SHP Toolkit webinar series, held monthly, will be a series of conversations with experts in particular botanical sustainability topics. Topics will include: The Business Case for Sustainability, Creating a Culture of Sustainability and Regeneration, Sourcing Raw Materials, Relationships through the Supply Network, among others.
Other than the first of the series, these free webinars will be held live on Zoom on Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 EDT. Participants will be invited to submit questions in advance. Recordings will be shared here once the webinar is complete.
Herbal tea sourcing with respect (with UEBT The Union for Ethical BioTrade)
February 18th – 16:00 CEST – 17:00 CEST/10:00 – 11:00 EST
Sourcing botanicals for herbal teas is a complicated process. Most herbal teas are a blend of different ingredients, typically from small-scale producers, including as many as 300 different ingredients in herbal teas, originating in more than 100 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Challenges to sourcing include threats to biodiversity, overuse of pesticides, minimal quality control, and over-harvesting of wild botanical species. This webinar will discuss some of the challenges in sourcing herbal tea ingredients with respect to social equity and biodiversity, with particular attention to how to improve conditions on small farms. Speakers to be announced.
Farmer’s Voices 1: Regenerative Practices on Corporate-Owned Farms
March 18, 2-3 pm EST (more information and registration coming soon)
Farmer’s Voices 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms
In this webinar, SHP Director, Ann Armbrecht speak with Puspa Ghimire, from ANSAB, Nepal; Tarun Prajapati from Cultivator Natural Products, India; and Paulo Barriga from Pebani, Peru about the challenges of the past year in producing and supplying high quality, sustainable, and fairly traded botanicals to the global market.
In this webinar, Thomas Leonard of Gaia Herbs, Matt Dybala of Herb Pharm, and Bethany Davis of MegaFood, showcase three models of how companies are approaching and implementing regenerative agricultural practices, discuss how other companies can apply these or similar practices, and highlight strategies that can work for the industry as a whole. Viewers will walk away with ideas and tools about where to start and/or continue programs in regenerative farming for their own companies and supply network.
A conversation with Loren Israelsen, President, United Natural Products Alliance; Angela McElwee, President and CEO of Gaia Herbs; and Ajay Patel, Founder and CEO of Verdure Sciences. In this conversation, industry leaders will discuss the challenges the botanical industry is facing in terms of supply and sourcing and steps companies can take to ensure sustainability practices are not compromised.
What does it take to create and nurture a culture of sustainability and regeneration within a company? What is the role of leadership? A strong and clear mission? How do certifications fit in? In this conversation, Tal Johnson, CEO of Herb Pharm, and Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs, will discuss the responsibilities and challenges of bringing values into a business and the balance of staying true to the mission of a company and also evolve to continually meet changing circumstances.
In this webinar, SHP Director Ann Armbrecht speaks with Brian Zapp, Creative Director at Applied Food Sciences, and Andrea Zangara, Scientific Marketing Manager at Euromed, two companies that are Inaugural Underwriters of SHP, about why investing in sustainability is essential to sourcing high quality botanicals.
Tieraona Low Dog, MD is a physician, author, educator and thought leader in integrative medicine. She speaks with SHP Director Ann Armbrecht about what young people can do to care for themselves and their communities, physically and emotionally, during this time.