Monday, January 16, 2012

Submission email to FSANZ in response to Application A1039 - Low THC Hemp as Food

As a Hemp Industry Advocate and Industrial Hemp Business Owner I would like to submit my support for the Application A1039 - Low THC Hemp as a food source here in Australia.
There is a plethora of information supporting the facts and health benefits of this organic food source with no risk to human health. It should be every consumers right to have legal access to health and nutrition via natural safe foods such as hemp with its high essential fatty acid profile, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
Every other western country in the world has embraced and utilized this natural food source capitalizing on both its health and economic benefits.

I strongly disagree with the argument that allowing hemp foods would send mixed messages to our youth regarding the use of recreational drugs. Correct labeling of potential foods and education on the differences between industrial hemp and marijuana are simple things to put in place and we should not presume our consuming public has no ability to discern the difference. We should allow Low THC hemp seeds at non-psychoactive levels, the same way we allow poppy seeds containing trace amounts of naturally occurring opiates.

I am perplexed at the official stand of some ministers in politics in regards to this application and I hope that common sense will eventually prevail. We are not only missing out on a remarkable health food but also the economic benefits a hemp food industry can bring. Hemp food and oil for human consumption in Nth America is now over $300million in sales and increasing by 25% yearly. Australia would have 5% of that figure (due to population) say $15 million and that is just the beginning.

I strongly and unequivocally render my support for hemp foods in Australia.

Yours sincerely,

Teresa McDowell
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Monday, April 11, 2011

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Monday, March 28, 2011

My response to hemp foods Interview - attention Leon Byner 5aa

Dear Leon,

Congratulations firstly on your ‘Don’t sell Australia Short Campaign’ - as a Small Business Owner here in South Australia there is a key industry I would love to see built in our state to support our struggling farmers.

I read with great interest your interview with Andrew Southcott MP and Dr Craig Raeside. As an Industrial Hemp Advocate I would like to raise some points in relation to this interview and your campaign.

I must point out I am not an advocate for Marijuana and my interest and career relies purely on the benefits of, and the multitude of uses of, Industrial Hemp.

Industrial Hemp is NOT Marijuana (Cannabis Indica) – they are from the same botanical species however Industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa) does not have enough THC content to cause any hallucinogenic effects. For the minister to say that the promotion of hemp foods would send mixed messages to consumers about the acceptability and safety of Cannabis is unfortunately a very ignorant comment and suggests that consumers are less than able to distinguish between a health food and an illicit drug. Can I make the very real comparison here of the poppy seed and heroin. Does having poppy seed cake and buns send mixed messages and create a booming drug trade – I think not.

Hemp seeds used in food are also de-hulled rendering them useless for re-planting so people ‘possessing seed’ as Mr Southcott states would obviously be storing them in the refrigerator along side their chia seeds and nuts etc. Anyone stock piling seeds for drug purposes would be easily distinguishable in the eyes of our law surely.

Back to your ‘Don’t sell Australia Short Campaign” - I currently source my pure organic hemp oil (for use in skin care manufacturing) from farmers in Tasmania. The seeds are Cold pressed at Stoney Creek Oils in Victoria then shipped to me in 20lt drums. It is my wish to one day in the not too distant future contract local farmers here in South Australia to grow this rotational crop for me. The benefits to farmers are many and varied ranging from supplementary income to soil regeneration and the chance to build a thriving alternative industry. The positive reasons for growing an Industrial Hemp Industry are too numerous to mention in this email however can I just point out that it would be very disappointing to deny our citizens on the land the opportunity to diversify and expand into an exciting, economically and environmentally viable future. Our business has grown from a home based business to now occupying a production warehouse in Mount Barker, distributing our products across Australia, Exporting to the US with a distributor and global sales online via our website.

The unfortunate misinformed hype around hemp foods is only lingering here in Australia, in the bowels of the political domain, as we are the LAST western country to allow hemp foods. Surely our young, forward thinking nation can see common sense and not buy into the outdated fear campaigns of the 1930’s linking Industrial hemp to Marijuana – such a miscarriage of justice.

Finally can I just point out in the words of Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) …. ‘let food be thy medicine – medicine thine food’.

With all due respect to Dr Raeside and his comment - “I don’t see what the point is in adding a substance that is not currently available versus the potential to do harm. I’m not fully aware of what the potential to do good is, but it doesn’t seem to me to be a strong argument, that this is a food that must be introduced for the wellbeing of mankind”.

He is not aware of the potential to do good because unfortunately Doctors aren’t trained in the area of nutrition, nutrition is not a part of physician’s core competencies and physicians rarely provide nutritional counselling. Here are just a few of the health benefits/facts regarding hemp foods.

* The essential fatty acids (EFAs) contained in hemp seed oil are required in our diet more than any other vitamin, yet our bodies do not naturally produce them. EFA’s are vital for normal human cell growth.

Hemp seeds and oil are rich in EFA’s (essential fatty acids) Omega 3, Omega 6 & Omega 9.

* Hemp seed oil has been dubbed "Nature's most perfectly balanced oil", due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 3, 6 & 9

Many people suffering from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis are lacking in these EFA’s due to highly saturated fat diets and having hemp foods would greatly help to improve these conditions.

* Helps lower blood LDL cholesterol levels

* Improves cardiovascular circulation & function

* Reduces inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis

These are but a few of the benefits of including hemp foods in our modern diets.

Leon I thank you for your time and trust you will take a moment to contemplate the very positive reasons for allowing the application of hemp foods in Australia. The time has come for common sense to prevail.

I look forward to your thoughts.

With gratitude, Teresa

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Firstly can we say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to Dr Andrew Katelaris and all other key individuals for your hard work and persistence regarding hemp foods in Australia.

Together our humble voices backed up with factual common sense will bring about the change that’s time has come.

As some of you may be aware an application to have hemp foods normalised is currently under examination with FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand)

It is important to understand that the previous application in 2002 passed the FSANZ examination but was rejected by a ministerial council directed by Howard and Abbott. The objection was that it “sent the wrong message” to the youth of Australia, evidently following input from elements in law enforcement.

Public comment will be called on the 15th March. Already, many people have registered themselves as interested parties and they will receive an invitation to make a submission. FSANZ can use points raised in the submissions as direct questions to the council, and so, make it explain any decisions it makes in a rational manner.

The best way for people to respond is by providing a submission to FSANZ once the assessment report is released for public comment.

Here we have included a link to some good information on their website about how to provide a submission to FSANZ, click here: Food

Your submission will provide ammunition which FSANZ can use to support the application, by requiring the ministerial council to consider the application on valid scientific grounds.

Below are some points you could include in your submission:-

* Australia is the only country in the world not to recognize hemp as a human food.

* New Zealand already allows hemp oil as a human food.

* After flax, hemp is the richest plant source of omega 3.

* Government reports indicate that 90% of Australian schoolchildren do not receive an ideal quantity of omega 3.

* Deficiency of omega 3 has been linked to poor mental development and behavioral problems.

* Marine sources of omega 3 are limited and reducing with pressures from overfishing. Contamination with PCB and mercury remain a problem.

* Hemp seed provides a uniquely nutritionally dense food combining an ideal ratio of omega 3/6, a balanced protein and a range of vitamins and minerals in high concentrations.

* Hemp is grown with minimal to no chemical inputs and is an ideal plant for organic cultivation.

* Hemp is the only food that can be grown with a negative carbon footprint. Grown on a large scale hemp seed could positively impact on world hunger.

* Hemp foods would introduce a whole new industry in Australia with a great potential to improve public health and promote employment.….and there are many more very good reasons!

Thank you for taking a few moments to make a submission and supporting the introduction of hemp foods. Sending a copy to the prime minister and the health ministers would also help reinforce the message.

The Hon Nicola Roxon MP

Prime Minister Gillard

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