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Episode 011 - Dr. Susan Leopold on Rare Medicinal Plants

Wild Plant Culture

Society & Culture

My conversation is with Dr. Susan Leopold, Ethnobotanist and Executive Director of United Plant Savers. Here are some of the topics we discuss:
• Medicinal parasitic plants
• Sandalwood
• United Plant Savers
• Protections for rare plants, lack of in US
• Not aligning with other parts of the conservation movement
• Underworld smuggling
• Trade in white sage
• Migrant labor and herb harvests
• Gypsy co-ops and ramps
• Forest Grown Program
• Supporting herbal companies doing right by plants and people
• Harvesting ramps in Europe
• Federal management of medicinal plant harvest -- in Europe, lacking in United States
• Osha and disturbance
• Anti-viral herbs and coronavirus. Shutdown in trade of medicinals
• Forest service management and medicinal herb conservation. Overgrazing
• FairWild plant trade issues due to coronavirus
• Growing hemp in Virginia
• Spagyric extraction of cannabis
• Cannabinoids and Ginsenosides as diffusive herbs
• United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary
Find Susan’s herbal products at ParisApothecaryVA.com
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