Australia’s Hemp Industry Gets Head Start

As the U.S. hemp industry finds its legs following legalization in the 2018 farm bill, in Australia, it’s been legal to consume hemp food products for about a year.  There, Hemp oils, seeds and protein powders…all sorts of products can now be found in local supermarkets. The market is gradually growing, but there’s work to be done explaining what the new food is all about.

Now part of the landscape, protein-rich hemp plants have been growing on farms around the state of Queensland since November 2017 when the national food legislation was changed to authorize such crops. Since then, the hemp industry has been steadily increasing acreage and products.

Lauchlan Grout farms hemp in Australia and says the market is emerging. 

“We’ve seen a shift in demand for human consumption products as well as cosmeceutical products,” says Grout.

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant without the psychotropic chemical THC that’s found in marijuana. Until the

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