are in contact with a farmer in the South of England who has had a licence
from the Home Office for over a year now. He has applied for a EEC subsidy
which is offered to any Hemp Grower. With sowing time growing nearer,
he still has had no reply, and his plans to grow fifity hectares seems
less and less likely to come into fruition.
The farmer has agreed to grow whether he receives a subsidy or not. But this will mean a reduced harvest. His plans are to produce Hemp fibre that will be hand-retted and woven into yarn and then into fabric. This will all be done locally and will create employment for the local community.
This is the power of Hemp.
We look forward to a time when farmers all over the country grow Hemp for this kind of use. For now, however, industrial uses of Hemp - namely seed crops for food - are possibly in the greatest demand at present.
My company, New Earth produce Hemp food for sale all over the UK, Europe - and soon the US and Australia - and so needs large quantities of seed. But the terms of the government subsidies (when they finally come through) restrict Hemp-growing to fibre or pulp use. It is sad to see that a large industrial use for seed crop is being sacrificed in favour of other European and non-European countries.
For example, New Earth purchases what it believes to be the best-quality food grade seed from Switzerland. The costs of transporting this already-expensive product are not only another unnecessary expense, but a waste of energy. Would it not make far more sense to grow seed in the country in which it is being processed?
does the EEC and British Home Office state that they are interested
in helping our industry in the future, when it is now that it is being
used, and now that energy is being wasted?