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|12/25/01 at 13:31:14|
|"HEMP NOW HIGH ON THE HEALTH AGENDA" Hemp icecream and |
muffins could be sold in Australian supermarkets next
year after assessments found that food products using industrial hemp
of nutritional benefit and pose no health risks.
The Australia New Zealand Food Authority yesterday called for public
comment on the legalisation of hemp foods after it released a draft
assessment that found the benefits of hemp food products outweighed any
Scientific assessments undertaken by the authority over three years
they could provide an additional dietary source of unsaturated and
essential fatty acids and did not produce any psychotropic effects.
would have to actually consume a huge load for it to have any effect,"
spokeswoman for the authority said.
Industrial hemp contains about 0.5 per cent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC -
active ingredient in marijuana), compared to up to 15 per cent in those
varieties used as a drug.
"The rationale for seeking to market hemp foods in Australia is largely
based on the favourable nutrient profile of hempseed-hempseed oil," the
Hempseed contains all amino acids, as well as a balance of essential
acids valuable in reducing blood cholesterol and regulating blood sugar
levels, making it useful for diabetics. Overseas research has also
suggested hemp can be beneficial in treating eczema.
Phil Warner, managing director of Ecofibre Industries, a Brisbane-based
company developing food products using hemp grown in Victoria and
said Australia was the last Western nation to legalise hemp food
Products such as hemp health bars, tofu, non-dairy cheeses, milks,
and cakes are being manufactured internationally.
Mr Warner said research conducted by the CSIRO estimated that in 25
hemp could be a $15 billion industry for Australia.
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