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The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update Volume I, Number 11
December 5, 2006

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the eleventh issue of The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update! Every week or so members of the Vote Hemp Board of Directors and our Media Team help to choose the best hemp news to present to you for your perusal.

In this issue we will be starting a new feature called Hemp Shorts. Many hemp news stories have hemp mentioned in them, but are not the main focus of the story. Some are interesting. A few are worth sharing. If you don't have enough hemp news in your diet this can help fill that void without subscribing to a ton of search engines and wading through it all yourself.

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Weekly News Update Stories
  • Hemp -- Ontario's new 'wonder crop'
  • Hemp Shorts:
  • Hemp shaking its shady image
  • Wholesome Hemp Moves into Mainstream
  • On the lookout for a nice pair of hemp boxers

  • Hemp Shorts:

    After A Lovely Drive Among The Hemp Fields Of Manitoba, Our Environmental Questions Are Answered
    Take a trip and blog about it.

    Wholesome Hemp Moves into Mainstream (PDF File 365MB)
    Same story as the one linked to below, but with Cool Hemp graphics!

    Farmers told to plan now to benefit from climate change
    Like all crops, hemp's range is changing.

    Luzhou textile launches hemp/bamboo fiber fabric
    Hemp makes an excellent fiber to blend with.

    Students share results of semester-long studies
    Wow, hemp can be used for food?

    Students to race hemp car
    Video of this story is online at this link as well.

    Hemp shaking its shady image

    By Larry Kusch
    Winnipeg Free Press
    November 17, 2006

    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
    Food In Canada
    October 2006

    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
    Delta Optimist
    November 29, 2006

    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 my underwear. "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 breeze!"

    Hemp -- Ontario's new 'wonder crop'

    By Treena Hein
    Better Farming
    November 2006

    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 like arthritis.

    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 in Tavistock.

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