Hemp Food Products
Hemp food products. On November 12, Aussie health advocates celebrated as hemp food products were officially permitted for sale and consumption in Australia.
In April 2017, national and state food minsters approved the sale and consumption of low tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ) hemp foods. While the changes are effective on November 12 , 2017.
Among the Australian’s celebrating the change is Tracey Bailey of Biome Eco Stores. Who strongly supports hemp consumption for its health and environmental benefits.
Ms Bailey said hemp as a consumable ingredient is commonly misconceived due to its close relations to marijuana. However industrial hemp grown for food and other hemp materials has much lower levels of the mind altering chemical THC.
“When you look at hemp for its health and environmental qualities, it stands out among its counterparts ,” she said.
“Hemp as a food source contains various vitamins, minerals, and polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega 3 fatty acids.
“Because it contains all 10 essential amino acids plus 14 fatty acids. Therefore making it a complete protein and one of the best plant-based proteins for vegans.”
Ms Bailey said it’s not just the health-conscious Aussies celebrating. Because hemp has significant environmental benefits as well .
“Hemp is a quick growing plant that requires little water to produce ” she said .
“Because it is naturally resistant to pests which means it consequently doesn’t require chemical pesticides or herbicides. Unlike cotton and flax which are less resistant and can absorb up to 50% of the pesticides sprayed on them”
For farmers, hemp can be used as a rotational crop between planting periods . Its thick foliage and dense growth averts sunlight on the soil helping to reduce weed growth. Therefore the plant helps to replenish nutrients and improve soil tilth, reduce salinity, and absorb toxic metals from the soil.
Ms Bailey said the production of hemp paper is more environmentally friendly than trees. “Its quick growing nature means a crop of hemp can be grown in approximately four months. Opposed to trees which can take years. As a result can produce more paper per acre of crop. While emitting vast amounts of oxygen – between 20 and 40%,” she said.
“At its end of life hemp can be recycled, reused or composted as it’s 100 per cent biodegradable.
“All round, hemp is a healthier product for people and the planet.”
About Tracey Bailey and Biome Eco Stores:
Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores, a Brisbane-based retail business which provides Australia’s largest range of eco- friendly products in-store and online, offering deliveries nation-wide. From natural skincare and green cleaning to safe, reusable water bottles and food pouches, Biome helps Australians live waste free, toxin free and ethical lives. The business was founded in 2003 by Tracey Bailey. And now employs 46 people across its online store and Brisbane stores located in Paddington, Balmoral, Indooroopilly and Brisbane City.