February 14, 2015

Farmers denied high-value hemp crop

NZ Farmer
Canterbury growers have struck another roadblock for growing hemp seed as authorities remain uneasy about its closeness to its drug cousin.

Health ministers from New Zealand and Australia met in Auckland last month to consider a recommendation from Food Standards Australia New Zealand that governments change the food law to enable hemp seed to be grown for human consumption.

Grower hopes hemp growing would be made more freely available to them were dashed when this was rejected because of transport concerns.

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