Neem in the News, March 2016

 In Neem in the News

Two great neem publications came across my desk this month – both longer than what we usually report upon but definitely part of an important body of knowledge about neem.

First is the first “real” book on neem written since the 2001 update on John Conrick’s classic “Neem: The Ultimate Herb.” (We didn’t count our neem booklet because it’s not a full-fledged book.)

Writing “Neem: Nature’s Healing Gift to Humanity” has been a labor of love for Klaus Ferlow, a Master Herbalist and manufacturer in Canada who first discovered neem when it cured a long-standing skin condition more than 20 years ago.*  Since then, his company Ferlow Botanicals, now run by his son Peter after he retired in 2013 has been a world leader in formulating neem products.

This book is a review of neem’s uses throughout history with a focus on the most current research, along with excerpts from some of the world’s most well-known researchers.*  It’s particularly important for our international readers because it looks at where and how neem is grown and manufactured around the world.

We’ll have it online in our media center soon.

The second report, created to spur international investments in neem, is written by the Primal Group, an organization that is looking at a partnership with the Mexican company we’ve been buying neem products from for more than 20 years. I love this quote in the introduction: “We have the capacity to create a remarkably different economy: one that can restore ecosystems, reduce carbon in the atmosphere and protect the environment, while bringing forth innovation, prosperity, employment and security.”

The 56-page report looks primarily at neem from a business perspective – but it’s a great read for anyone thinking about using neem on their plants, pets and families.*  It also focuses on what is wrong with big agriculture and big pharma, while offering neem as an alternative.*

It’s available free online at

One more thought: if you haven’t seen the first major report on neem, published by the U.S. government through the National Academies Press in 1992, it’s also available online for free at “Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems.”

Enjoy the reading – I certainly have. Next month we’ll go back to the more research-oriented reports you’re accustomed to from us. Don’t forget our March specials, including two great BOGOs and a special deal for gardeners, available this month only at

And have a great Saturday – I’ll be in the greenhouse this weekend getting ready to start shipping plants to warm locations next week!

Vicki & the Neem Team

  • P.S. — Both of these reports make statements that have not been evaluated by the EPA or the FDA.  Neem Tree Farms does not sell products which are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, or kill or repel any insect on humans or animals. EPA-registered NimBioSys is intended to kill or repel pests but only on plants. These reports are provided for educational purposes only. Consult a physician or health care professional before using any herbal medications.
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