The Industrial Hemp Association of Tasmania was first formed in 2010 with the aim of providing an alternative and profitable cropping option for growers by facilitating the development of an industrial hemp industry in Tasmania. Further to this the associations aim is to produce and promote sustainable agriculture and renewable sustainable materials.
The Industrial Hemp Association will help co-ordinate information flow and education of growers, processors and end users.
Services of the association
The Industrial Hemp Association is in its infancy and is seeking membership to grow its numbers and provide an ever-increasing strong voice to parliamentarians and bureaucrats. Australia currently has the legislation in place to grow the crop and the means to process it as a food. However, Australia is the only industrialised nation that prohibits hemp as a food.
Focus of the association
To process the crop for fibre to produce textiles and building products requires more costly infrastructure. The prime focus of the Association is therefore to lobby government for legislation change to allow hemp to be consumed as a food.