Australia & New Zealand are the ONLY two countries in the entire world that don’t allow it’s citizens to legally consume hemp as a food product.
By General Maddox.
The benefits of the cannabis plant are numerous in quantity and it’s been used by civilisations around the world for centuries. Fast forward to modern times and we see that cannabis is gaining momentum as being recognised as the miracle plant it is.
It appears the prohibition of cannabis could come to an end in the near future. State after State in the USA have begun legalising cannabis or decriminalising it. Hemp seeds however have always been available as a food product.
As mentioned above the only two countries in the entire world that have a current ban on hemp seed as a food is Australia & New Zealand. Both of whom fall under the control of FSANZ – Food Standards Australia & New Zealand. There have been two previous applications to FSANZ seeking approval to permit the sale of hemp seeds. These were both rejected. The reason?
Ministers were concerned that the availability of hemp seed foods may send a confused message to consumers about the acceptability and safety of illicit cannabis and pose problems for drug enforcement agencies.
That’s straight from the Food Standard website. Seems like a paltry excuse doesn’t it? We’re basically missing out on the best source of food available that can help stamp out the biggest killer of all – Heart Disease, all because of a board of a few bureaucrats and their inane excuses.
Well that looks to be coming to an end. Thankfully. FSANZ has approved the most recent proposal to allow hemp seeds to be sold as a food. However there’s one more hurdle left.
See below also from the Food Standards website.
FSANZ has approved Proposal P1042 and this will now be considered by the Forum in late April 2017, when the results of the study on the effects on roadside drug testing will also be available. Within 60 days of being notified Ministers can inform FSANZ they do not intend to ask FSANZ to review its decision or ask FSANZ to review its decision.
So unless the forum has their arm twisted by some other bureaucrat who thinks it’s a bad idea because it could play around with roadside drug testing by the police, it should get approved.
Let’s hope it does so we can be on par with the rest of the world and stop this insanity and start getting healthy!