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Current Affairs 2006 - Hemp (15 items)

Dec 22, 2006 Hemp Grows With Technological Advances Plant Replacing Petroleum-Based Products for Varied Industrial Uses The production of hemp doubled this year in Canada, with the grain moving from a niche product into the foodstuff mainstream as consumers developed their taste for hemp oil, hemp protein and seed. Now producers of hemp-fibre products are poised for exponential growth, too, with the worldwide increase in consumer demand for sustainable goods.

Nov 29, 2006 On The Lookout For A Nice Pair Of Hemp Boxers In conversation with the clerk, I found out that through a National Research Council program, Naturally Advanced Technology ( www.naturallyadvanced.com and www.hemptown.com ) of Vancouver is growing test plots of hemp in Saskatchewan and Alberta, with a goal of becoming a "dirt to shirt" company.

Nov 17, 2006 Hemp Shaking Its Shady Image Health Food Market Drives 'Gangbuster' Canadian Sales 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.

Nov 17, 2006 Manitoba, Largest CDN. Industrial Hemp Producer MANITOBA, LARGEST CDN. INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCER, WELCOMES DELEGATES TO CONFERENCE Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk welcomed delegates to the national Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance conference in Winnipeg today. "Our province is proud to support this conference that highlights industrial hemp as an emerging crop that reaches across industries like health and functional food production," said Wowchuk. "This product is also creating value-added opportunities in bio-composite materials such as counter tops and bio-fibre production." Manitoba is the largest producer of hemp in Canada, with more than 28,000 acres dedicated to the crop. Two of the three major hemp processing plants are located in the province. Canada grows approximately 48,000 acres of hemp.

Sep 21, 2006 Million-Dollar Company All Started With Tortilla Chips Ruth's Hemp Foods Inc. Distributes In Canada, U.S. It might be that Annex resident Ruth Shamai's hemp food company generates about $1 million in revenue each year because it's obvious she enjoys what she creates.

Sep 16, 2006 Weeding Out What's Bad For The Planet Name: Dylan Perceval-Maxwell, owner of Je L'ai, 159 Duluth Ave. E., 514-284-5393. How would you describe your store? We sell hemp products and ecologically sound cannabis-related items.

Aug 26, 2006 Hopes Still High For Hemp Eight years after it was legalized, industrial hemp growers are still waiting for that big break that will make it a mainstream crop in Ontario. But the market for hemp fibre has dried up due to a flood of imports from nations such as China. "China is doing it so cheap that no one can compete. Any specialty market can be flooded out easily."

Jul 26, 2006 Hemp Packs Nutritional Punch Shamai, an Annex resident and the president of Ruth's Hemp Foods Inc., said the hemp seed offers a number of good-for-your-health qualities. "I call it a vegetarian egg because it has what eggs have, both the fat and the protein, but no cholesterol because it's vegan." In fact the hemp seed has five grams of protein per tablespoon and contains Omega 3, 6 and 9, the essential fatty acids. It also has GLA, which is a rare fatty acid.

Jun 10, 2006 Canada May Get Competition Saskatchewan farmers who grow industrial hemp may have competition from North Dakota in the coming years. About 24,000 acres ( 9,700 hectares ) of hemp was grown in Canada last year, with roughly one-third of those acres in Saskatchewan. Commercial hemp farming is nonexistent in the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Agency ( DEA ) doesn't currently recognize the crop apart from marijuana.

Apr 19, 2006 The House That Hemp Built But did you know that hemp - yes, that stuff you make ropes out of and that resembles marijuana - can be used to build houses? While the fibrous ends of the plant can be used for paper, clothing and food products, the woody stalk of the plant - called the hurd - can be used in bricks, cement, and plaster. Builders have compressed the hurds with glue and other natural chemicals and created particle board and hemp-filled "wood" that can be used as building frames.

Mar 22, 2006 Hemps Future Bright Say Proponents Currently, there are roughly 300 acres of commercial hemp grown in Ontario produced by about 10 growers said Gordon Scheifele, president of the provincial organization. That's considerably less than the 8,000 to 10,000 acres produced annually in Manitoba but he says the progress on acceptance of the crop is right on target.

Mar 8, 2006 Up To 200 Acres To Be Seeded In Hemp By the end of the Industrial Hemp Steering Committee meeting March 6, the members had reached a conclusion on how to direct their efforts. "We are going to focus on grain for our first year; nutritional supplements, the oils and those types of things," Mayor Donna Barnett, the commmittee chair, said.

[Hemp will be one of the most important crops in the post-oil world, and Canada is in a great position to be a leading producer]
Mar 1, 2006 Mayor Meets Hemp Researchers The future is bright for those getting in on the ground level with Industrial hemp products....Surging costs are why there is a great deal of research being done on less costly materials, like the fibre board that can be made from hemp.

Jan 19, 2006 Hemp Supporter Gets Candidates Talking TRURO -- Running as a somewhat controversial independent in this federal election, Rick Simpson usually doesn't have party platforms and policies to tout during political debates. That changed Tuesday when Mr. Simpson, who makes a marijuana-based product he calls hemp oil ( not hemp seed oil ), got to discuss alternative medicines during a live radio debate with other candidates in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

Jan 12, 2006 High Times For Hemp Growers The Ste. Agathe-based HOCI moved from processing 800,000 pounds of hemp seed in 2004 to 2.5 million pounds in 2005. Growers' acres have risen from 1,200 acres in 2004 to nearly 10,000 acres expected for 2006. With production averaging around 700 pounds per acre for seed, the crop provides growers with a relatively good return compared to other crops they can grow -- even more if they grow it organically. And those returns will get even better if the fibre processing venture gets off the ground. There's even some work taking place in other parts of the world on using hemp oil for biodiesel production.


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