Since the last issue of The Hemp News
Update came out, I flew to California
and joined up with my family, who are all on
a driving vacation of the United States. If
you have never taken a cross-country road trip,
and you ever get the opportunity to do so, please
take it, especially if you live in a
city. It really is amazing to realize how
huge this country is and — after a
drive through Northern California, Oregon,
Washington, Idaho and Montana — how
much we are still an agricultural and
Thankfully, hemp news continues to come out,
vacation or not. The New York Times
Blogs covered the Reason Foundation's new
policy study entitled "Illegally
Green: Environmental Costs of Hemp
Prohibition." I have read the summary, and
author Skaidra Smith-Heisters seems to
have put together a very realistic and
balanced look at hemp. Anyone who works on
industrial hemp legislation or
wants to reinforce and expand their knowledge
of hemp would do well to read this policy paper.
If you haven't seen it yet, do also check out
Robbie Anderman and Errol Francis' YouTube
Education 101." I am reminded of it
because of this in-depth background story by
the same name in Barry's
Bay This Week by Kate Weldon.
Education on all levels, from producers to
consumers and legislators to voters, continues
to be the key to all of this, but it is
surprisingly time-consuming and expensive.
Ignorance and misunderstanding are more expensive
still, so it
really is worth the investment for all of our
Finally, then, please make a contribution
to Vote Hemp today to help us continue fixing the
situation here in the U.S.
We need and truly appreciate your support!
Hemp News Update Editor
|Glenwood Textile Company Weaves Way to Success with Hemp
Cindy Elliott of EnviroTextiles.
credit: Kara K. Pearson/Post Independent.
By Phillip Yates
March 11, 2008
It might be Glenwood Springs' biggest, but
smallest business you've never heard of.
Inside the old Immanuel Baptist Church is
EnviroTextiles, a sustainable and
biodegradable textile business. The company
counts clothing designer Ralph Lauren as one
of its clients. Singer Jack Johnson wears
EnviroTextiles specializes in textiles made
from hemp plant fiber used to make
100-percent hemp yarns. The company also
sells textiles made of a mix of hemp and
organic cotton, tencel and silk.
|Not Just Another Brick in the Wall
Klara Morasszeky with some hemp bricks.
Photo credit: Rudi Maxwell.
By Rudi Maxwell
The Northern Rivers
March 4, 2008
Ten years ago researcher Klara Morasszeky
emerged from the Regional Forestry Agreement
process angrier than she'd ever been in her life.
"We give timber companies an excuse to
destroy forests for building materials when
there is a viable alternative out there," Ms.
Morasszeky, a former consultant to Greening
And so she set about researching green,
alternative building materials, travelling
around the world and experimenting until she
found what she believes to be the best
|HIA Featured Member - Hemp Oil Canada
Canada is North America's largest
producer and processor of bulk hemp food
products, supplying dozens of other
value-added food manufacturers with healthy
hemp food ingredients. In addition to this
bulk wholesale supply, Hemp Oil Canada is
also the major private label co-packer of a
wide array of retail hemp food brands.
In February of 2008, Hemp Oil Canada
celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Company
Founder and President Shaun Crew looks back
fondly at the last 10 years, agreeing that it
has been nothing less than a "trail blazing"
experience. "I recall the look on the faces
of many friends and colleagues when I
announced that I was leaving a stable,
corporate career position to start up a hemp
food processing company."
The early years of the company were quite
uncertain and not without financial losses.
The creation of an entirely new market, in
which the company would sell completely new
health foods, developed from unique, new food
production processes and was a challenge that
drove the company in the early days. "We were
careful then, however, to walk before we ran,
expanding our production capacity at the same
pace as the market developed," says Crew.
Located in Ste. Agathe, Manotiba, Canada with
a staff of fourteen, Hemp Oil Canada is busy
today with its third expansion of processing
infrastructure to meet the ever-growing
demand for hemp food ingredients and
products. Hemp Oil Canada produces
cold-pressed, cold-filtered hemp seed oil,
hulled hemp seed, toasted hemp seed, hemp
protein powder, hemp flour and hemp coffee.
"We take great pride in our role in the
development of a number of hemp food
ingredients," he adds, referring to the
development of hemp protein powder, hulled
and toasted hemp seeds.
Hemp Oil Canada's hemp food ingredients can
be found in a wide variety of value-added
hemp foods, from hemp milk and cereal to hemp
bread and nutrition bars. The most exciting
development for the company today is being
given the opportunity to work with some of
North America's largest food processing
entities. "These same companies would have
turned us away and shunned the idea of using
hemp just ten years ago. Now they are
contacting us to include hemp ingredients in
their recipes," comments Crew.
Hemp Oil Canada exports their products to
over fifteen countries worldwide. The
company's products are available as USDA
certified organic, kosher and Fair Trade. In
2008, they will also attain their ISO 22000
and HACCP certifications.
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The Return of Sail, and Hemp?
Canadian hemp. Photo credit: New York
Times/Government of Manitoba.
By Andrew C. Revkin
New York Times
March 20, 2008
It seems there's a push toward the future
through the past (pedicabs in Manhattan being
just one example). Here are two more
examples, involving sails on cargo ships and
a proposal to legalize farming of hemp, a
plant that was once a big crop in the United
States, and was banned because the industrial
variety (very different than the plants grown
to smoke) still has a trace of the compounds
that give marijuana its punch.
The Reason Foundation, which worships at the
altar of free markets, is not the first place
you'd think of turning to learn about hemp.
Yet the group recently put out a report
concluding that the ban on hemp cultivation
in the United States is preventing the
development of an important crop that can
compete with everything from cotton and
polyester to some building materials. And
hemp is much more environmentally sound than
existing alternatives that are heavily