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Hemp History Week: June 6-12

It’s Hemp History Week this June 6th – 12th, 2016. Celebrate and learn more about this historic plant and its innovative and sustainable applications. Hemp is used in an increasingly broad number of products, including nutritious hemp-based milk and seeds, nourishing skin care hemp oil, hemp fiber-based clothing, and more.

Hemp is a fiber and oil-seed crop with deep roots in American history. It is one of the world’s most sustainable plants: it’s easily cultivated, drought tolerant, and improves soil quality. Hemp seeds are also a complete plant-based protein source, packed with magnesium, fiber, iron, and rich in Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Use them to add flavor and nutrition to salads, pesto, smoothies, sauces, and more.

ohempHemp crops pay. In Canada, non-drug, industrial hemp nets $200-$400 per acre, while just across the border, U.S. corn and soy typically net less than $160 per acre, according to the USDA. Today millions of U.S. cars made by Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, and Tesla Motors are being built with interior hemp composite panels. Despite its economic potential, America is the only major industrialized country to outlaw the cultivation of industrial hemp.

Look for these eco-friendly hemp products at the Co-op:

  • Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
  • Hempmania Hemp Cloth Wallets & Hand Bags
  • Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk
  • Manitoba Harvest Hempseed & Protein Powder
  • Nature’s Path Hemp Granola
  • Nutiva O’Coconut Hemp Treats & Raw Organic Hempseed

Learn more about hemp at Vote Hemp, a leading advocate for industrial hemp farming in the United States. Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were hemp farmers and advocated its use. “Make the most you can of the Indian hemp seed and sow it everywhere.” – George Washington.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.