It's the 2nd Annual Hemp History Week (May 2-8)—a great time to learn about this nutritious superfood, personal care ingredient, and durable fiber source for clothing, paper, and more. Unfortunately, U.S. farmers aren't allowed to grow this non-drug, highly sustainable, profitable crop. Manufacturers, retailers, and health gurus are joining forces to change that.
For me, the continued U.S. ban on growing hemp as a commercial crop is another one of those rather embarrassing national quirks that makes me wonder, “What’s up with us?!” (Or rather, our government—always a convenient bogeyman.)
This week, May 2–8, manufacturers, retailers, and health gurus are gathering forces to do something about this wrong-headed ban. It’s the 2nd Annual Hemp History Week, sponsored by Manitoba Harvest (whose cofounder, Mike Fata, pioneered hemp legalization in Canada, which took effect in 1998), Nutiva, Nature’s Path, Dr. Bronner, Sequel, as well as health celebs like Dr. Andrew Weil and Alicia Silverstone. Retail partners such as Whole Foods, Mother’s, and Fred Meyer will be holding hemp-related events this week, along with events at local farmer’s markets and more. To find an event near you, go here. To sign a petition or get involved, go here.
The goal is to educate consumers about the nutritional, environmental, and economic benefits of hemp, and to advocate for policy change, so U.S. farmers can once again grow this profitable, sustainable, traditional crop.
A few things you may not know about hemp: