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Hemp History Week highlights plant's nutritional and industrial versatility

Hemp being harvested.
Hemp being harvested.
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The 5th Annual Hemp History Week features a week long awareness campaign, entitled “It’s Time to Grow,” dedicated to raising awareness regarding the “environmental and nutritional benefits of Industrial Hemp and hemp based products” through thousands of events throughout the US. These include movie screenings of "Bringing it Home" and "The Emperor of Hemp."

According to Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc., one of the early pioneers in the Industrial Hemp industry, "It's all about change. We have to completely end the ban on hemp farming in America. It's time for our U.S. farmers to grow a crop that's versatile, sustainable and profitable ... a crop we know as Industrial Hemp."

This year’s Hemp History Week also celebrates Colorado’s Hemp harvest, last fall, which has “motivated farmers to prep their fields for the sustainable, lucrative crop; Kentucky sprouted research fields; and the Farm Bill signed into law allowing farmers to cultivate hemp crops for research purposes,” he added while noting that his company has purchased a line of Temafa decortication machinery which will, “present many opportunities for Americans to transition from non-sustainable synthetic solutions to more hemp-based green solutions. The purchase enables us to position ourself as the buyer and processor of U.S. farmers' harvests, so as American farmers begin to grow and cultivate hemp, Hemp, Inc.'s facility will also double as a marketplace for the hemp farmers,” he stated.

Raw hemp which can be used to make paper, fabric, cellulose plastics, materials used extensively in well drilling to prevent lost circulation, material for toxic spill cleanup; and, highly insulating building products such Hempcrete (concrete-like blocks made with hemp and lime have been used as an insulating material for construction), to name a few.

It should also be noted that “approximately 44% of the hemp seed’s weight is comprised of edible oils, containing about 80% essential fatty acids. Proteins are the other major component (33%). Hempseeds can be consumed eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk (similar to soy milk), prepared as tea, and used in baking, while fresh leaves may also be used salads. to name a few food uses.