There are many simple
things that we all can do to help stop global
warming, not only on Earth
Day (Tuesday, April 22) but every day. Many of us
have learned to reduce,
reuse and recycle, but even more importantly
we need to make our dollars count by purchasing
high-quality products that do what they are
supposed to, last longer and have less impact
on the environment. Products made with hemp
can do all of these things and more.
We do need to be realistic, however. Our
information-driven industrial society is not
going to vanish tomorrow and leave us to fend
for ourselves. We often refer to hemp as
"industrial hemp," a reminder that it is an
integrated part of our larger society.
Hemp will still need to be grown, processed,
packaged, transported and sold to consumers
within the system that we now have. We are not going
to be taken back magically in time to a place where
grown on small plots, harvested with
horse-powered farm implements, processed in a
small-scale cottage industrial setting and
used only locally.
We can work towards a future where the best aspects
of older systems and more modern ones are
to create a better, more sustainable one. Think
globally and act locally. Hemp is a part of
this future, but farming it locally will be
key as fuel and transportation
costs increase. Hemp-based
building materials are a perfect example
of products that should be grown, processed
and used locally.
On another note, reasonable hemp farming legislation
to be introduced and passed in Australia,
although they do need to amend their food
regulations, along with New Zealand, to
allow hemp seed to be used as a food product
for people. It can't right now, and that's just
plain silly — the exact reverse of the situation
here in the
U.S., where hemp can be used in human foods but
cannot be farmed.
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
|D.C. Gets a (Perfectly Legal) Hemp Store
Adam Eidinger of Capitol Hemp.
Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post.
By Annys Shin
April 7, 2008
Like most social change, the District's first
all-hemp emporium arose from years of
complaining. The chief complainer: Adam
Eidinger, professional protester and
erstwhile political candidate. His complaint:
"We're the last major metropolitan area in
the U.S. that doesn't have a hemp store."
Determined to see Washington join places like
New York, Boston and even Burlington, VT,
Eidinger decided to open his own store,
Until now, Eidinger has not been known as a
businessman but as a spokesman for antiwar
activists, stadium protesters, angry
bicyclists and people who frequent
Capitol Hemp grew out of his work for Vote
Hemp, a District-based group devoted to
lifting restrictions on hemp farming. (Hemp
is legal to import into the United States but
cannot legally be grown here.) He found that
a lot of people still confuse the industrial
variety of Cannabis with the recreational
variety. By showcasing hemp clothing, shoes
and food, Eidinger said he hopes to dispel
misconceptions about hemp.
|HIA Featured Member - KicX Nutrition Inc.
Inc. is an innovative and
exciting company located in Guelph, Ontario,
Canada that focuses on the development of
natural health and wellness products targeted
to both the human and pet markets. Since the
company was started back in 1998, their
business has evolved, expanded and grown by
great strides. This is a result of the developing,
manufacturing and marketing of "good-for-you" private
labeled products within multiple retail categories and
The real seeds of growth were planted in 2005 when
they launched their own line of natural, feel-good pet
products under the "NuHemp" brand. The NuHemp
family encompasses several pet categories with
gourmet dog treats, functional food toppings,
shampoos and conditioners, and topical therapy
products. With the launch of BIO-Nesting in
September 2007, NuHemp products began to utilize
all of the key parts of the hemp plant — fiber,
seed and oil. With a truly diverse range of products,
NuHemp nourishes pets inside and out!
NuHemp's products have been featured with critical
acclaim in over 50 high-profile publications. These
accolades have reached beyond the pet industry with
feature articles in the New York Post,
appearances on Global TV, City TV and Good Morning
America, and a recent spotlight on Martha Stewart
Thanks in part to the pioneering work done by many
Canadian organizations and HIA members to promote
hemp across all industries, NuHemp will be entering
the U.S. marketplace on June 1. They have had
tremendous success with their brand since its launch
three years ago in both the specialty pet and natural
health markets in Canada. NuHemp welcomes
inquiries from distributors and sales brokers who may
be interested in working with the company to build its
U.S. dealer base and market presence.
In 2009, the NuHemp family will be joined by a full line
of premium human health and beauty products,
building upon its tremendous success in the pet
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|The Home Ecologist
April 9, 2008
I have managed to avoid the home extension
craze, involving as it does significant
resource consumption and CO2 emissions.
Globally, the concrete industry emits about seven
percent of total CO2 emissions, due to the
energy required to turn crushed limestone and
clay into concrete.
The concrete blocks used in a typical home
result in the emission of 40 tons of CO2,
equivalent to seven years' worth of emissions
from the house.
But if that extension is unavoidable, what
can you do? This was the problem Adnams
Brewery faced with their new eco-friendly
distribution center. Then the management hit
on a solution. They teamed up with Lime
Technology, who supplied Hemcrete blocks made
from lime and hemp. Adnams even provided
development funding to enable mass production
of the 90,000 blocks.
Hemp Crops Get Green Light
April 9, 2008
The NSW government has given the go-ahead for
the commercial production of hemp crops.
The plant, a species of Cannabis, has little
tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannot be used
as a drug.
But it is an excellent source of fiber and oil.
Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald
said a potentially lucrative industrial hemp
industry was not far off following changes to
be introduced by the government.