Soy's New Competition: Hemp

Soy's New Competition: Hemp
Posted by CN Staff on May 11, 2007 at 17:04:37 PT
By Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
Source: Los Angeles Times
California -- Like a bloodhound, Gira Balistreri is racing through the palatial Whole Foods Market in El Segundo, sniffing out some of her favorite foods.A new employee at the 65,000-square-foot flagship store, she goes directly to several shelves of hemp shakes and snacks, then trots over to tidy rows of hemp butter and oil, then rushes down an aisle and snaps up a fresh package of hemp tortillas on her way to the hemp bars, hemp bread and hemp bagels.
"Hemp," she says excitedly, "is just an awesome seed."Balistreri isn't alone in her devotion. In the last two years, sales of hemp food products in markets and grocery stores rose by more than 50%, propelling the unassuming seed to an $8.6-million industry, according to SPINS, a market research and consulting firm for the natural products industry.Hemp foods began filtering into grocery stores about five years ago, after the 1998 legalization of industrial hemp farming in Canada. The U.S. currently prohibits commercial cultivation of industrial hemp, but allows the import of seeds, oil, flour and other byproducts to be manufactured into ready-to-eat foods in the U.S.The plant's shelled seed, or nut, can be added to baked goods and nutritional supplements and bars, sprinkled onto other foods such as salads and yogurt, or eaten alone as a snack. The seed can also be milled into flour, which can be used for baked goods, and pressed to make oil, which can be used in salad dressings, dips, spreads and sauces. (Due to its high unsaturated fat content, hemp oil must be refrigerated and is unsuitable for frying.)There are hundreds of hemp foods now available online and on supermarket shelves, says Robin Rogosin, a certified nutritionist and buyer for Whole Foods Market. Rogosin estimates that the chain's selection has tripled in the last year. Hemp milk, the newest addition, is flying off the shelves, she says."We're shipping truckloads — 60,000 liters of it so far," confirms Mike Fata, president and co-founder of Canada's Manitoba Harvest, which introduced Hemp Bliss milk in March. Snipped:Complete Article: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author:  Janet Cromley, Times Staff WriterPublished: May 14, 2007 Copyright: 2007 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Hemp Archives
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Comment #20 posted by ekim on May 21, 2007 at 18:05:12 PT
Daddy what d'ya leave behind for me
Biofuel Producers: Ethanol and Biodiesel Not Enough to Meet Bush's Targets
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 May 21, 2007  
 Leading producers of ethanol and biodiesel Friday says their industries face serious barriers to meeting the 2017 growth targets outlined this week by President George W. Bush to reduce dependency on gasoline. "The current solutions won't get you there," Jeff Trucksess, executive vice president of Green Earth Fuels LLC, a biodiesel developer, told an industry gathering here Friday morning. Following up on prior pledges on energy policy, Bush Monday outlined additional measures to boost alternative energy development, limit gasoline consumption and comply with a recent Supreme Court ruling on global warming. Bush's plan included a goal to produce 35 billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuel by 2017, many times above current levels. A Bush administration official Friday defended the viability of the president's goals, but the discussion at the Houston event underscores the magnitude of the challenge facing the U.S. as it struggles to feed its growing energy needs in an increasingly carbon-limited world. "I've yet to meet anyone who thinks more than half could be from ethanol and biodiesel," Pearce Hammond, an analyst at Simmons & Co. International, says of the targets. He says total production of ethanol and biodiesel could reach 17.5 million gallons by 2017. Hammond says there could be other solutions to the conundrum, such as coal-to-liquids technology or the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. But Hammond, who emceed some of the sessions Friday, also warned that U.S. gasoline demand is forecast to grow by some 35 million gallons a day over the next decade. "It just touches on how big the challenge is to penetrate and change the fueling habits," he says. Friday's event was heavily attended by finance and energy professionals, underscoring the growing interest in alternative energy in Houston. The gathering was sponsored by the law firm Haynes & Boone. Speaking with reporters after a luncheon address, Paul Dickerson, an Energy Department official, says the administration's goal is realistic. He pointed to other fuels under development, as well as to leading-edge technologies being funded chiefly by private-venture capital. "We're more bullish on the output than some of the folks here," says Dickerson, the chief operating officer for the department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "Looking at our new reality, what's really needed is to get our new technology off the shelf and to the businesses," he says. "The market can handle a lot of what we're trying to do." Bill Spence, president of Standard Renewable Energy, which owns a stake in a Galveston biodiesel facility, predicted U.S. biodiesel production would climb from today's level of under 1 billion gallons a year to 2-4 billion. "Our basic problem is there isn't enough feedstock," says Spence, whose plant runs on soybean oil. Scientists are looking at genetically modified crops as a possible feedstock, but it will take a "game-changing" technological breakthrough to significantly boost output, he added. Pamela Beall, a vice president at Marathon Petroleum Corp., pointed to industry statistics that show ethanol production rising from 5 billion gallons a day in 2006 to 8 billion in 2008 and potentially up to 15 billion by 2017. Beall says that the industry's ability to grow beyond 15 billion gallons would be constrained by feedstock limitations and infrastructure concerns. Producing 15 billion gallons a year can be reached "easily" - even before the deadline, she says. But going beyond that requires identifying feed stocks other than corn, testing conventional automobile engines to identify the maximum amount of ethanol that can be successfully blended with gasoline and building infrastructure so that the southeastern U.S. can access the fuel. 
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Comment #19 posted by afterburner on May 16, 2007 at 22:40:53 PT
Stigma Should Have Long Exhausted Itself 
CN ON: Editorial: Possibilities Are Endless For Newest Crop, The Intelligencer, (14 May 2007)"stigma about hemp growing - something that should, in an informed society, have long exhausted itself" 
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Comment #18 posted by Dankhank on May 16, 2007 at 22:22:22 PT
great song/video ...thanx ...
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Comment #17 posted by dongenero on May 15, 2007 at 12:54:54 PT
post #16
Good post.
Calfee has done something really cool with this bamboo/hemp bike frame. It looks great too.Craig Calfee one of THE innovators of carbon fiber bicycle frames and his frames were ridden by Greg Lemond and his team Z. Really high quality, pro bikes.Here's the Calfee site:
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Comment #16 posted by The GCW on May 14, 2007 at 20:17:49 PT
From Velo News page 96.
CalfeeCraig Calfee's bamboo bikes may look like unrideable dhowpieces, but they're actually race ready. "they are being raced - three times at Ironman Hawaii and this season by a Cat. I roadie," said composites innovator Calfee, who built his first bamboo frame in 1996 and touts its stiffness and strength-to-weight ration. "The vibration damping is the key benefit. It's better than carbon in that regard." His new hardtail features fully mitered bamboo tubes wrapped with HEMP FIBER soaked in epoxy resin. "HEMP is amazing; it is between fiberglass and Kevlar in strength," said Calfee.Another cool detail; the cable guides are made of bamboo stalks.
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Comment #15 posted by BGreen on May 14, 2007 at 13:22:16 PT
Roger Clemens - Bio
Roger Clemens seems to be anti-hemp, based on his quoted statements in this article:Hemp lovers see the seed as an emerging health food superstar, but Roger Clemens, associate director of regulatory science at USC School of Pharmacy, says some of the excitement may be overblown.Although preliminary research suggests that the fatty acids in hemp may reduce risk of cardiovascular events similar to better-studied oils such as fish oil or olive oil, compelling evidence is not yet in, he says. And, he adds, the ALA omega-3 in hemp is not the same as the eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil, which have been shown to be heart-healthy.ALA does convert into EPA or DHA in the body— but very inefficiently, at a rate of about 1%, Clemens says.In addition, although hemp contains essential amino acids, the quality of the protein in hemp, though digestible, doesn't measure up to that of soy, he says.I got to wondering what Roger Clemens has been up to in his career, and found that he's on the advisory board of Advanced BioNutrition, Corp or ABN.From the ABN website: offers economical bulk sources of natural essential polyunsaturated long-chain fatty acids (DHA and ARA) for use as components in aquatic diets.These are pure, highly concentrated forms of the primary essential fatty acids found in fish oil. They can therefore be used as partial or total replacement for fish oil, or as a means to boost the concentration of a fatty acid in a specialty diet.All ingredients are produced by cGMP fermentation, are contaminant-free and come from sustainable sources. Here is the bio of Roger Clemens as found on the ABN website:Roger ClemensOne of the world's leading experts in human nutrition, Dr. Clemens recently joined the USC School of Pharmacy after serving as the Scientific Advisor for Nestlé USA for more than 20 years. Dr. Clemens received a Master of Public Health in Nutrition in 1973 from UCLA, and his Doctor of Public Health in Nutrition and Biological Chemistry, also from UCLA. Dr. Clemens spent much of his career in industry working as Scientific Advisor for Carnation/Nestlé USA from 1978-1999. Throughout his career he has held adjunct professor appointments at many universities, including UCLA (Nutritional Sciences), California State University Long Beach (Human Nutrition), California Polytechnic State University (Professor, Department Head, Food Science and Nutrition), and California State Polytechnic University Pamona (Professor, Food Science and Nutrition). He has published more than 30 original manuscripts and participated in more than 70 invited lectures on the topics of food science and nutrition. Dr. Clemens has served as an expert panel member for the Food and Drug Administration, International Food Information Council, California Dairy Council, and the Life Sciences Research Organization. Dr. Clemens is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists and a leader in this society at local (Chair, Southern California IFT) and national levels (Chair, Toxicology and Safety Evaluation Division and Nutrition Division). He is also a member of the American Institute of Nutrition and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Clemens has received many awards and honors for his leadership, including SCIFTS Distinguished Service Award (1999), Phi Tau Sigma Award (Honor Society for Food Scientists, 1997), Fellowship in the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics (1993), Fellowship in the American College of Nutrition (1992), University Service Award, California State University (1990), and the Meritorious Service Award of the California Dietetic Association (1987). He is also on the Advisory and Development Council for several universities including California State University (Long Beach), Loma Linda University, California State Polytechnic University (Pamona), and California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo).Surprise, surprise, surprise!Roger Clemens helped develop Soy products for infants for Nestle, plus he helps market DHA supplements.His entire lifeblood is threatened by hemp (which apparently Roger Clemens has never personally studied) so his unsubstantiated attack on hemp has merit only in trying to protect his paycheck.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on May 14, 2007 at 07:46:38 PT
That was so very good. After watching the video I have hope. 
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Comment #13 posted by mydnytmover on May 14, 2007 at 06:57:24 PT
awsome song
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Comment #12 posted by Truth on May 13, 2007 at 10:36:06 PT
Hemp milk
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Comment #11 posted by goneposthole on May 13, 2007 at 04:30:15 PT
Police officer steals marijuana they know what's good for them.
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on May 12, 2007 at 20:52:26 PT
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA)
Hemp seed and oil contains gamma linolenic acid, only avialable in borage, black current seed oil, primrose oil, MOTHER'S MILK & HEMP SEED OIL.GLA is responsible for a strong immune system.It's time to reintroduce hemp as a component of American agriculture.Communist Chinese farmers may grow hemp; what kind of American, prohibits "free" American farmers from growing the God-given hemp plant?
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Comment #9 posted by user123 on May 12, 2007 at 10:32:04 PT:
Support Whole Foods Markets (WFMI)by investing. They're right at a 52 week low.
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Comment #8 posted by tintala on May 12, 2007 at 10:01:31 PT:
WE use Hemp seeds in nepal to make "achar" an
My family in Nepal uses hemp seeds to make curries and "achar" a spicy pickle that accompanies a curry, hemp is EVERYWHERE in Nepal and nepalese and tibetans use it in their daily routines for cooking, oils, hemp for rugs and clothing now too.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on May 12, 2007 at 08:28:31 PT
Excerpt for MikeEEEEE:
Industrial hemp is a different strain from its bad-boy sibling in the Cannabis sativa family and contains no meaningful amounts of THC. "You're certainly not going to get high off it," Kushi says.Despite assurances by manufacturers that hemp foods are THC-free, Clemens, who oversaw USC's drug screening program for five years, suggests college or professional athletes stay away from hemp foods."There is some suggestion in the medical literature that when the oils and the proteins in hemp are isolated, there could be some THC contamination," he says.Gero Leson, an environmental scientist, food researcher and scientific advisor to the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, disagrees."In the late 1990s, when hemp seeds were still imported from China," he says, "contaminated seeds and oil could contain up to 50 to 100 parts per million THC. Now, virtually all of the hemp foods sold in the U.S. are made from low-THC varieties and contain only minuscule amounts."These levels are not detectable in a urine sample, he says.
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Comment #6 posted by AOLBites on May 12, 2007 at 07:20:59 PT
nope no false positives . . at least not in any studies I've seen
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Comment #5 posted by MikeEEEEE on May 12, 2007 at 07:13:14 PT
Hemp Foods
Would it create a false-positive on a pee test?
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on May 11, 2007 at 22:20:54 PT
Constitutional Challenge Champions Compassion Club
CN BC: Medical Pot Court Challenge Begins, Victoria Times-Colonist, (11 May 2007)
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 11, 2007 at 21:08:09 PT
I hope we see something on the news tomorrow about Ricky Williams. I didn't see anything today but I could have missed it.
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on May 11, 2007 at 20:14:42 PT
is spreading everywhere ... Ricky ...
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on May 11, 2007 at 18:15:53 PT
It will be a billion dollar industry in just a matter of years. Then the greedheads might change their tune. An informative article in the LA Times will certainly boost sales!The hemp seed is nature's perfect food. If it was a staple of the American diet we would all be much healthier and the insane pharmaceutical industry would lose big bucks. That's just one reason we can't grow it here. It would be much more affordable if we could. SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA: The Real Reason the Government Won't Debate Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Re-legalization: unrelated news... Rep. Maxine Waters Speaks Out for Impeachment: Elites Struggle to Keep Ron Paul Under Wraps:, the stage is being set...Foreign Affairs: Watch for Al Qaeda to provoke nuclear war with Iran using a "false flag" operation: changes plan for emergency shadow government: WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Desperate 9/11 Debunkers Attempt To Enlist Liberal Kos Readers To Defend Official Story: Alliance for 9/11 Truth:
http://mujca.comVancouver 9/11 Truth Conference - June 22-24: WAS AN INSIDE JOB - OUR NATION IS IN PERIL:
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