The Global Hemp Summit was hosted by The University of Melbourne and the Australian Hemp Manufacturing Company. The Summit was inspiring the next generation of global innovators using Industrial Hemp in the building ,construction and consumer products industries.
The Global Hemp Summit promoted industrial hemp manufacturing, innovation and R&D from Melbourne, to an Australian and global audience.
This exciting summit showcased industry experts, academics and entrepreneurs involved in Industrial Hemp research and commercial enterprise.
This 2 day Summit included a keynote presentation from Dr Mary Cole and speakers with insights into cutting edge building applications, and the agronomy of industrial hemp,
This exciting summit provided a unique forum to share knowledge, ideas and developed relationships that will support collaborative research and commercialisation into all aspects of the cultivation, farming, harvesting and business applications of industrial hemp. For more information contact: https://www.globalhempsummit.co/
The next few decades are pivotal for mankind as climate change impacts are felt and food production and water usage are forced to become innovative.
iHemp Victoria Inc will lead by example with access to resources of innovation, sustainability and best practice that will reduce stakeholders carbon footprint by promoting the growth of Industrial Hemp
Industrial Hemp has been around for thousands of years. It has only been in the mid-1900s that it became demonised because of its botanical association with marijuana. Hemp is non-drug cannabis (low THC ). iHemp Victoria Inc is committed to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of the market for industrial hemp.
iHemp Victoria Inc is a not-for-profit organisation committed to representing Australian growers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and end users of industrial hemp. We aim to promote a sustainable and economically viable industry in Victoria and Australia wide.
Building with hemp is an environmental solution to other building materials, fast growing and more product per tonne than forest timbers creating sustainable and recyclable building materials such as: concrete, composite wood alternatives and natural fibre insulation.
Hemp buildings are:
– Energy efficient with a high R-Value depending on wall thickness
– Termite, mould and pest resistant
– Excellent acoustic performance
– Breathable, healthy and carbon neutral
– Fire resistant
Hemp buildings use standard frames with hemp placed within formwork within the frame. The walls are lime rendered on the outside to protect from weather and finished as desired internally – although only breathable coatings are recommended internally and externally. As the walls dry they calcify and absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.
Using hemp alleviates the pressure on logging forests, reduces constructions impact on the environment, and reduces the reliance on petro-chemical products.
The humble hemp seed packs a punch of health benefits. In medieval times, monks would eat hemp seed gruel every day. It was also used as a famine food during World War 2 for China, Australia and across Europe.
Hemp seed is now regarded as a ‘superfood’, one of the highest plant-based protein sources, containing all essential amino acids, Omega 3, 6 &9 in the right ratio optimal for human uptake, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, D, E, calcium, magnesium, potassium and is easily digested, absorbed and utilised in the body. This is very impressive considering it was peasant food for centuries!
When the seed is pressed for oil all the essential fatty acids go into the oil while the proteins and many nutrients are left in the meal. The high protein high fibre meal goes into many products like hemp protein powder and hemp flour.
Hemp is great for adding to breakfast cereals, salads, smoothies and baking or just enjoy straight.
It is not recommended to use hemp for high heat cooking as you lose the benefit of the fatty acids.
Historically hemp was predominantly used as an industrial fibre due to its strength for sails, rope and paper.
Until development in the 1980’s made it possible to remove lignin from the hemp fibre without compromising its strength, hemp’s use for clothing and other non-industry uses wasn’t possible as it was too course for comfort.
Now there’s increasing interest from consumers as its superior strength and ability to wear-in and not wear out is second to none.
Hemp is anti-microbial, UV resistant, naturally mold, mildew and rot resistant and breathable.
Processing hemp for fibre here in Australia is still in its infancy but with changing consumer attitudes and an interest in ethical clothing and how they’re made – there’s a niche here that is open for business.
The purpose of the trusted peak body the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance is to represent businesses & organisations involved in industrial hemp and associated products at a national level, in order to develop and grow the Australian industry. They have state chapters in certain states.
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