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carmendrahl writes "Consumers who see “natural” products as safer than pharmaceuticals drove herbal and botanical supplement sales to $5.3 billion in 2011, up $1 billion in a decade. But botanicals are usually complex blends, which presents different challenges than pharmaceuticals. Some suppliers are now carefully controlling plant growth to ensure a consistent product and consistent study results. (Soil, light, pesticide use all can matter). Others are honing analysis techniques to better understand blends and ferret out intentionally doctored batches." Link to Original Source
"Nature is very un-American. Nature never hurries."
-- William George Jordan