The UK INDUSTRIAL HEMP MANIFESTO | SEEDING THE FUTURE OF BRITISH HEMP
Is there any plan to build Industrial Hemp cultivation into any green and economic policy to help farmers diversify with this highly topical Carbon sequestering crop?
CREATING A THRIVING DOMESTIC HEMP INDUSTRY
The UK has a unique opportunity to establish a leading position within one of the most important and rapidly growing agricultural and industrial markets that has emerged for decades.
The British Hemp Alliance (BHA), formerly the British Hemp Association, was formed in 2018 to lobby for change and remove the barriers to growth that are preventing the UK hemp industry from thriving. It is comprised of NGO’s, farmers, businesses, environmental organisations and individuals who want to support progressive changes in hemp legislation.
They believe 3 things have to happen, in order for the UK hemp industry to fulfil its potential and hemp be recognised as an essential agricultural and environmentally friendly crop:
ALL UK HEMP LICENCES TO BE ADMINISTERED BY DEFRA
At present the hemp license still remains within the remit of the drugs and firearms department of the Home Office, and the process of getting the license is prohibitive. The restrictions are deterring traditional farmers who see hemp as an alternative to ‘traditional’ crops, and with many more applications.
UTILISATION OF THE WHOLE HEMP PLANT, INCLUDING LEAF & FLOWER
Farmers are unable to harvest, extract, transport or process the leaf or the flower; it has to be destroyed on site. The flowers are the most profitable parts of the plant that contain the highest concentration of CBD (cannabidiol). At present all CBD extracts used in the UK are imported from Europe, China, Canada and U.S.A, where it is legal to harvest the hemp flower.
1% PERMITTED LEVELS OF THC HEMP
The EU law allowance of THC in a hemp plant is 0.2% THC. However, in Australia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Switzerland, the plant can contain up to 1% THC. A healthy dose of THC means a healthier plant. 1% THC has no psychoactive effect at this dose; however, the plant is healthier and can produce better crops and flowers.
THE UK HEMP MANIFESTO PDF from The British Hemp AllianceDownload
The British Hemp Alliance (BHA) is a not-for-profit Hemp Lobbying group set up to remove the barriers to growth that are preventing a thriving UK Hemp industry.
They connect various stakeholders together to collaborate, explore ‘disruptive’ ideas, and build a solid foundation to seed a sustainable future for the next generations.
They truly believe that hemp offers a catalyst for an Agricultural Revolution! One that prioritises the health of our soils, biodiversity, and enhances our landscape’s ability to lock-in Carbon efficiently.
The BHA aims to facilitate a more progressive relationship between industry, academia and engage hemp lovers by building a community of passionate people who share a vision for a more ecologically sound future.
They wish to promote the use of hemp as a tool for this change.
Please join their network and contribute to their work to “seed the future” and help us to grow a thriving industry for all, without sacrificing the Earth.
Your money goes towards:
- Lobbying and campaigning
- research and field trials
- project collaborations / funding applications / feasibility studies
- communication between farmers, industry and NGO’s
- reporting and sharing (good) news stories from the constantly evolving global hemp renaissance
- contributing to the overall conversation on the future of Britain’s land management and farming / horticultural opportunities
- educating the next generation to grow up with a more holistic understanding of our relationship to nature and how important the plant based economy is to our future
- hosting events and functions
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