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Healthy Foods

Hemp

Highly Delicious, Highly Nutritious

Since we first encountered hemp, we’ve been in awe of the overachieving seed. Not only is it a nutrition powerhouse, hemp is versatile and sustainable – it’s even said that this miracle seed can save the world. With so many reasons to believe in hemp, our admiration knows no bounds.

What is hemp?

Our hempseeds come from the distinct oilseed variety of the plant species Cannabis sativa L., a tall, slender, fibrous plant that has been cultivated for food and fibres worldwide for over 10,000 years.

Good for People

Hemp seeds are nearly a perfect food source, high in digestible protein, essential fatty acids and naturally occurring minerals. As a bonus, the tasty seeds are naturally gluten free and contain no known allergens.

An excellent source of protein, hemp’s got all nine of the essential amino acids, so it meets the body’s needs in a way few other plant proteins can. Packed with vitamins and minerals, these little wonder seeds also have a perfectly balanced profile of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. And after just one bite of our Hemp Plus granola, we knew nutrition wasn’t all hemp had to offer – the light, nutty flavor won us over instantly.

Good for the Planet

The ultimate multitasker, hemp’s versatility is second only to its flavour and nutrition. This seedy sensation is widely used for a variety of other things beyond the bowl—paper, clothing, bio fuel, building materials—and as a highly renewable resource, it fits perfectly with our sustainable spirit.

Hemp, speedy to grow, is naturally resistant to most pests, which means it’s wonderfully suited to organic farming. One acre of hemp grown in a single season produces as much paper as four acres of trees grown over many years, and hemp paper is stronger and more economical to produce. It’s also an important part of North America’s agricultural heritage. As recently as 1880, most clothes, books, canvas, and rope were made from hemp – even the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper! We often wonder if there’s anything hemp can’t do.

Fighting for your right to eat hemp!

When the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970, it became illegal to make, distribute, or sell products that cause a human to ingest any amount of THC, but carried an exemption for hulled hempseed. Unfortunately the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency didn’t recognize this exemption. So several U.S. and Canadian companies, Nature’s Path included, challenged both the scientific and legal basis for the DEA’s interpretation of current U.S. law.

On March 7, 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeals prohibited the DEA from enforcing their interpretation of the law until all legal arguments could be heard by the Court. On March 21, 2003, the DEA reissued their final rules on hemp foods with no change on their position. On April 17, 2003, the U.S. Court of Appeals once again stayed the Final Rule published by the DEA. This effectively prevents the DEA from enforcing their Final Rule hereafter, and allows us, our distributors, and retailers to market our hemp foods without fear of punishment. And you get to eat it!

Fighting for farmers’ right to grow hemp!

While the right to eat hempseed was granted, the right to grow it was not. It’s legal to grow hemp in 33 countries, including Canada, and we believe American farmers should benefit from the ability to grow a sustainable and profitable crop like hemp, too. There’s still a lot to be done to ensure farmers have the right to grow enough to meet growing demand, and we need your help! We’re working with Hemp History Week to build support for hemp farming in the U.S. and educate elected officials about the benefits of growing industrial hemp on American soil.

If you’d like to get involved and show your support for hemp, take action by lobbying your member of Congress.

Want to give hemp a try? Here are some delicious options: