Monday, October 25, 2010

The Hemp Discussion Goes Mainstream

Hemp Seeds - Don't let them growThe last thing I expect to see when I crack open Fortune Magazine is something that I might write about on this site. Imagine my surprise, when on page 22 of a recent issue I stumbled upon an article about hemp.

It’s not a big article, just a short piece in the front of the magazine, with a picture of Nature’s Path Sunny Hemp bars – one of my favorite snacks.

The article points out that prior presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, which would – if passed – exclude hemp from the DEAs definition of marijuana.

Here are some quick facts about hemp:
  • Hemp is a very profitable crop, as it can be grown without pesticides.
  • Since 1970 is has been illegal to grow hemp in the US. Hemp is grown in most industrialized nations, including Canada.
  • Hemp is high in protein.
  • Hemp is high in Omega-3 and Omega-6.
  • There are no known allergies to hemp.
  • And most importantly… hemp is not a hallucinogenic.

I, for one, am very happy to see this discussion more play. What about you?

Picture by xJasonRogersx.


Maria H said...

Hi - I agree Hemp is a great product! I love Living Harvest Hemp milk, but my daughter does not. I had hoped it would be an alternative to her Rice Milk as Hemp is not fortified with calcium and more. Hemp seeds in salads and pasta make a great texture and nutty flavor. I even talked about it so much to my family in it's benefits over soy, that my Brother drinks it regularly! Thanks for posting!

Colette said...

Maria, we are allergic to soy, but even if it wasn't a problem, I think hemp is hands down a better choice!