In 2005, Canadian farmers have planted about 8000 ha of hemp, virtually all of it for the
production of seeds for food and body care products. Predominant varieties are Finola, USO 14 and the Canada-bred Crag, all rather early varieties with low fiber yields, thus readily harvested with combines. Canadian hemp acreage has increased consistently from 1,300 ha in 2001 and doubled compared to 2004. It is still below the peak 14,000 ha of 1999.Yet, unlike then it is not driven by speculation but almost entirely by the strongly growing demand for hemp foods in the North American market for “natural products”.
Author: Gero Leson, Leson & Associates, Berkeley, CA, (USA)