Washington, D.C. — At a recent Capitol Hill luncheon to mark the introduction of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005, about 100 congressional staffers feasted on a five-course gourmet hemp meal — “Bahama Hempnut Crusted Wild Salmon” and “Fuji Fennel Hempseed Salad” were among the unusual dishes.
The purpose of this hemp feast?
In the year since the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) blocked an attempt by the Drug Enforcement Administration to ban hemp foods in this country, sales of omega-3 rich hempseeds have reportedly increased by 50 percent, to a total of $4.57 million.
“Walk into any health food store, and you’ll find an increasing variety of hemp foods,” says Alexis Baden-Mayer, director of government affairs for Vote Hemp, who adds that the U.S. marketplace is currently supplied by hempseed grown and processed in Canada and Europe.
“[B]ut some members of Congress want to bring hemp farming back to the U.S.,” she says. “The increase in hemp food sales will only help our view that U.S. farmers should be able to supply the surging demand.”
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
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Kevin L. Johnson, Lincoln Journal Star
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