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Build with Hemp

The US Hemp Building Association is working hard to take part in regional and national conversations about the developing hemp construction industry. IRC Appendix AY Hemp-Lime (Hempcrete) Construction Proposal RB316-22 proposes to add Appendix AY to the 2024 IRC. It was submitted to the International Code Council (ICC) in January 2022, and will be heard …

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NZHIA Blog: iHemp in the Clothing Industry

What are you wearing?  Is it comfortable? Great.  Do you know what it is made of? Or where it comes from and what will happen to it once you discard it? Perhaps it’s time to have a rethink on HOW we wear clothing. Our clothing consumer decisions support the industries who produce these items – …

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NZHIA Blog: The iHemp Ethos

How have you incorporated the iHemp ethos in your business practices? Growing iHemp is great for the environment – demand will rise as the industry grows, further benefitting the planet.  iHemp products are praised for the benefits nature offers – are we respecting nature with the packaging and delivery choices too?  Are there alternative options …

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Opening Up Hemp Foods

FSANZ Application August 2021 An application has been submitted by hemp industry pioneer Andrew Kavasilas to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to request amendments to the Food Code to permit the use and sale of low-delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) hemp leaf, seed sprouts and roots for human consumption.  The FSANZ details can be found here. The …

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Hempseed Holdings Ltd – Industrial Cultivar Creators

Did you know that there are 19 approved industrial hemp cultivars in NZ? FIVE of which are generic landrace approved New Zealand cultivars developed by iHemp pioneer Donald “Mack” McIntosh who has been an integral part of the NZHIA as well as the foundations of the industrial hemp landscape in NZ. Brokered by New Zealand’s …

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Nature’s Data: Hemp Analytics

Nature’s Data is a British agri-tech start-up harnessing data analytics and precision farming to help hemp farmers improve yield, profitability and sustainability, worldwide. The founding idea? Using data to drive forward positive change in the global hemp industry and championing hemp as an environmental solution. They work on both a farmer level and a global …

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NZHIA Blog: How can the iHemp industry support a plastic-free future?

What does a plastic free future look like? Plastic Free July is a global initiative set up to encourage awareness of the usage of plastic in our society as a whole and the alternative choices available to those who care to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste. Check out their website full of inspiration …

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The Legal Foundation for our iHemp Industry

This article explains iHemp’s relationship with the UN Single Convention 1961 and includes comments on the European Union rules. It is based on a Council of the European Union non-paper. The regulatory system in Aotearoa/New Zealand (and most other countries) is based on the UN Single Convention 1961, and the amendments in the Convention on …

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Sale of Hemp Flowers and Leaves

A German Federal Supreme Court Says…SALE OF HEMP FLOWERS AND LEAVES IS LEGAL…except for Intoxicating Purposes. In its ruling of 24 March 2021, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) stated that the sale of hemp flowers and leaves to end consumers is not prohibited. The ruling strengthens the legal position for the sale of …

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How many valuable compounds, features & parts can you get from a tree?

Scion is a Crown Research Institute that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product, wood-derived materials, and other biomaterial sectors. There is no shortage of commercial applications for hemp. From food to bioplastics and even biocomposite construction materials like ‘hempcrete’ (hemp fibres and lime), it is clear the fibrous plant …

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