NH Natural Products Industry Round Table with Senator Shaheen
By Jaclyn Chasse ND
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of representing Emerson Ecologics with President and CEO Adam Carr and members of the New Hampshire Natural Products Trail as we joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen at the University of New Hampshire Organic Dairy Farm to discuss the economic benefits of the state’s natural products and integrative health industry.
The natural products and integrative health industry represents over 300 New Hampshire companies delivering more than $1 billion in annual revenues and employ nearly 7,000 residents in retail, distribution, manufacturing and agricultural work. Further, the natural products industry in New Hampshire continues to grow at an impressive annual rate of between 8 and 9 percent.
In addition to having the opportunity to pet a 12 day old calf (and see Adam do the same!), it was such an amazing opportunity to speak with Senator Shaheen about the issues that matter to us as healthcare practitioners and users of organic and natural products. I also got to see the most amazing compost heap you can imagine!
Emerson Ecologics brought together the NH Natural Products Trail as part of their ongoing effort to support integrative healthcare practitioners and to provide a forum for discussion about natural health, sustainability, wellness, and integrative health products. Officials representing companies from New Hampshire’s Natural Products Trail joined Carr and Senator Shaheen for a roundtable discussion and a tour of the University of New Hampshire Organic Dairy Farm. Participants included: Dr. Jaclyn Chasse, N.D., Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs of Emerson Ecologics; Dean Jon M. Wraith, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire; Mr. Robert Craven, CEO of FoodState; Mr. Bill Whyte, CEO of Badger; Ms. Christine Doherty, N.D., Principal, Balance Point Natural Medicine; and Heather Tallman Ruhm, M.D., Principal, Balance Point Natural Medicine.