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|Hemp shaking its shady image
By Larry Kusch
Winnipeg Free Press
IT'S used in salad oil, power shakes and non-meat
burgers, it's turning up in skin care products and
may one day coat the exterior of long-haul buses.
The Canadian hemp industry is booming as farmers,
food processors and industrial users alike are
rediscovering the plant that is related to
marijuana, but won't get you high.
Health-conscious consumers are driving the growth
that saw crop acreage double in Canada this year,
according to participants gathering in Winnipeg for
the annual convention of the Canadian Hemp Trade
Alliance on Friday.
"It's the human health food market which is
driving things along at the moment," said Arthur
Hanks, the group's executive director.
|Wholesome Hemp Moves into Mainstream
By Treena Hein
Move over wheat and other grains - food products
made with hemp are offering consumers a tasty
alternative packed with outstanding nutrition.
Hemp seeds contain the recommended 3:1 ratio of
essential omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which
reduce the risk of such conditions as cardiovascular
disease, stroke, osteoporosis and diabetes. Hemp
seeds are also rich in protein, calcium and iron,
and are an excellent source of rare Gamma-Linoleic
Acid, which lowers cholesterol and protects against
degenerative conditions like arthritis.
|On the lookout for a nice pair of hemp boxers
By Duane Laird
You know how it is some mornings. You read
something in the newspaper that sticks in your
neural craw and you masticate on it the rest of the
day, trying to digest the full import of the
material in question. That very thing happened to me
just last week. Only it wasn't the newspaper. It was
"Maggie, look at this," I said to my wife, "these
Stanfields say they're made in Canada." Her finely
tuned diatribe detector kicking in, she backed
towards the door, mumbling something about a
forgotten root canal appointment.
Too late. "How can they say they're made in Canada?
I've travelled across this great land of ours and
never once have I seen cotton fields swaying in the
Hemp -- Ontario's new 'wonder crop'
By Treena Hein
Hemp is considered by many to be a wonder crop,
with fibre suitable for producing items such as
paper, animal bedding, garden mulch, insulation and
composite construction materials.
What's more, the seed is becoming increasingly
well-known as a nutritional powerhouse. It contains
high levels of the recommended 3:1 ratio of
essential Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, which
have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular
disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes and many
other conditions. Hemp seeds are also protein-rich
and an excellent source of rare Gamma-Linoleic Acid,
important for growth and development as well as
providing protection against degenerative conditions
With important properties like these, it is no
surprise that more Ontario farmers are growing hemp,
particularly now that a solid oilseed market and
Ontario-adapted varieties exist, says Gordon
Scheifele, president of the Ontario Hemp Alliance
(OHA), a non-profit promotional organization based