Lawmakers in one state are looking at possible incentives to help farmers expand into the lucrative alternative crop market. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Joyce Kryszak has details:
Lawmakers in one state are looking at possible incentives to help farmers expand into the
lucrative alternative crop market. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Joyce Kryszak has
New York once had a robust agricultural industry. But it’s taken some hard hits in recent years,
mainly from falling dairy prices. It’s nudged many farmers out of the business – and left fallow
thousands of acres of fertile soil. But state legislators think there may be a cure in the multi-
billion dollar herbal supplement business. They’re working on a plan that would provide
economic incentives to help farmers establish so called “grow zones” for alternative crops, such
as the popular herbal supplement, ginseng. Jim Hayes is a Western New York Assemblyman.
He says it would be a unique partnership that could reinvigorate the state’s farming industry.
“We’re trying to listen to scientists, and doctors, and farmers, and economic development people
to establish a protocol on how to get this thing started. And certainly it’s an area
that is just expanding nationwide, and we believe we should be capitalizing on here in New York
He says the program would also benefit consumers by developing high standards and controls for
herbal product purity and potency.
For the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, I’m Joyce Kryszak.
The season for coughs and sniffles is upon us. But instead of
turning to decongestants or antihistamines for relief, a growing number
doctors say you might be better off trying some natural treatments. The
Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Wendy Nelson reports:
The bad news is, there’s still no cure for the common cold. The good news is, natural treatments
can provide some relief.
Doctor Jack Sheerer is a board-certified M.D. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He’s also a member of the
American Holistic Medical Association. Sheerer says when you’ve got a cold, even chicken soup has
its merits. He also tells patients to try vitamin C and echinacea.
Sheerer says these natural treatments are catching within the medical community.
“People that I would have through would be the last people to wonder about vitamins and herbs and
supplements are asking for advice on this. And it’s becoming pretty mainstream now.”
But, Sheerer adds, no matter which approach they choose, most doctors agree on one thing: when
you’ve got a cold, get lots and lots of rest.
For the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, I’m Wendy Nelson.
There are thousands of herbal products on the market today.
They generate over 4 billion dollars in sales a year. And many doctors
are taking more notice. Some physicians see a need for more credible
research on herbs and minerals. And they want other doctors to
communicate more with patients that are considering using these
products. Now one doctor has designed some guidelines on herbal
treatments. He hopes this will initiate more discussion and research
about these dietary supplements. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s
Todd Witter has more.
In growing numbers, Americans are bypassing traditional medicine and
getting “back to nature” for what ails them. From chamomile tea to St.
John’s Wort, herbal remedies are becoming wildly popular. The move
toward nature could be a sign that we are finally understanding our
connections to the Earth. Then again, Great Lakes Radio Consortium
commentator, Julia King, wonders if we aren’t just trading one vice for