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years, many businesses and HIA members have
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or services today.
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Annual HIA Convention & Annual General
Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday and
Monday, October 19-20, 2008, at the Best
Western Roundhouse Suites in Boston,
Massachusetts, USA, directly after the
Natural Products Expo East and BioFach
America shows. We have lined up some great featured
speakers and plan to have a great time
learning about the latest developments in the
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Earthrace Eco-Boat. Photo Credit: BVI Tourist Board.
Eco-Boat Prepares to Make a Stop in the
which runs on 100% biodiesel, is the first
boat in the world to use hemp composite. The
boat set a new world record for a powerboat
to circumnavigate the globe, completing the
journey in just under 61 days earlier this
year. Earthrace, which is for sale, is
currently on a world tour, and its next stop
is the British Virgin Islands.
to Back Dauphin Hemp Processor
Manitoba government pledged $4 million in
loans and grants for Parkland Biofibre's
proposed $20 million processing plant at
Dauphin, which is planned to make
residential-grade insulation and animal
bedding from Manitoba-grown hemp fiber.
Hemp and Weed Aren't the Same
Sonya English, a journalism and
economics major, pens a well-written missive
in The University Daily Kansan, which
argues that the debate on hemp in the realm
of drug policy "is ludicrous and unsupported."
Arrested for Carrying Raw
Nadine Artemis and Ron
Obadia of Living
Libations have an unfortunate experience
that mirrors the Punk
Rock Soap Opera where Dr. Bronner's liquid soap
tested positive for GHB — only this time it's
chocolate and hemp and involves international
borders. A more detailed version of the story
can be found at
|Upcoming American Lime Technology Symposium
Designing with Hemp
and Lime Biocomposite
12, 2008 — Montgomery, Texas
Lime Technology and Olde World Exteriors are pleased to announce
their upcoming architectural symposium on
environmentally-friendly hemp and lime
biocomposite building materials. This event,
which will take place on November 12, 2008
in Montgomery, Texas, will feature
world-recognized experts and practitioners in
the field of sustainable design and construction.
Presenters will include Ian Pritchett,
Managing Director of UK-based Lime
Technology, Ltd., Jeremy Blake,
Principal in the UK-based architecture
firm Purcell Miller Tritton, Bruce
King, author and structural engineer, and
There will also be on-site demonstrations of
hemp and lime construction techniques, and
attendees will enjoy a tour of the Hopewell
Project, including the Pottery Studio and
Chapel, which is the first
Tradical Hemcrete® building project
constructed in the United States.
To learn more and register, please
visit the American
Lime Technology Web site, or call Bruce
Petersen at 773-414-5486.
|Tropical Trial for Hemp Crop Turns Heads
Chinese hemp trials in Ord. Photo credit: The West
The West Australian
September 8, 2008
The Ord irrigation region has produced a
variety of crops in its 45-year history, but
few have attracted as much interest from
passers-by, and the occasional police
officer, as current trials of Chinese hemp.
Reaching 2m, the industrial crop was planted
in June by Perth-based Hemp Resources to test
its performance in the tropical region.
Though similar in appearance to illegal
Cannabis crops, industrial hemp's drug-like
qualities end there, managing director Kim
|Hemp Seeds a Great Source of Beneficial Fats
Handful of Hemp Seeds. Photo credit: Luke
By Laurie Steelsmith
September 11, 2008
Q. What are hemp seeds? Are they good
for me, and if so, why?
A. Hemp seeds are a wonderful new
addition to the health food aisles at your
grocery store. Not to be confused with their
cousin, the "other" hemp seeds used to grow
marijuana for psychoactive use, legal hemp
seeds have a nutty, smooth flavor and are
used to make a variety of food products
— from hemp flour and hemp protein
powder to hemp oil and hemp milk. They are
also used to grow industrial hemp, which is
found in a wide range of products, including
clothing, textiles, papers and biodegradable
materials, and is used as an alternative fuel
Eating hemp seeds can benefit your health in
a number of ways. They are rich in essential
fatty acids — fats that you need, but
have to ingest because your body can't make
them — including omega-3 fats. Omega-3
fats can promote the formation of
anti-inflammatory hormone-like substances
called prostaglandins, which can help people
lose weight and assist in recovery from many
types of disorders.
Hemp Instead of Cotton
Harvesting hemp at the WUR field. Photo
credit: Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
By Thijs Westerbeek
September 29, 2008
Cotton cultivation is a disaster for the
environment, and the farmers who grow cotton
don't see many benefits from their labor.
However, if researchers at the Netherlands'
University of Wageningen get their way,
things will be very different in a few years'
time, thanks to the new varieties of hemp they
There's a small field of hemp less than ten
kilometers east of Wageningen, but it doesn't
look very promising. The plants have all been
chopped down and have been left, exposed to
the elements, rotting on the ground.
Even though the hemp field doesn't look very
prepossessing, the investigators from
Wageningen University and Research Centre
(WUR) are extremely pleased with the crop, as
this new hemp variety may be able to break
cotton's monopoly position as the textile
crop of choice. Leaving the hemp to rot is
simply part of the production process.
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