U.N. Report on Hemp Flawed

Ironic that despite EIHA’s help, the UN doesn’t know that shelled hempseed as food is hemp’s first billion-dollar segment, and the one driving acreages with the most current and potential retailers and consumers. Remember: Seed… it’s not just for oil anymore!

“We are very pleased to announce you the publication of the UNCTAD report on industrial hemp, to which EIHA gladly contributed. This is the first time an intergovernmental body issues a paper promoting the use of industrial hemp. Please find the document here: https://unctad.org/system/files/official-document/ditccom2022d1_en.pdf

What is UNCTAD? As the UN’s main body dealing with trade and development, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development was established in 1964 as a permanent intergovernmental body whose purpose is promotion of trade and development. UNCTAD helps developing countries participate more equitably in the global economy. It also supports developing countries efforts to use trade, investment, finance, and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development.

What is the paper about? The UNCTAD services worked on a report discussing the general uses of industrial hemp, and how they are reflected in international production and trade statistics. Based on current practical experiences and empirical expertise, it also defines the steps that could be taken by developing countries where climate and agronomic characteristics are favourable for its cultivation in order to exploit its economic and social potential.

What’s the impact of this publication? This paper will not trigger any changes to any European or international legislation. However, it is a very powerful tool for advocacy purposes that we encourage you to massively share with your business partners, stakeholders, and public institutions. Coming from a credible and institutional source, the paper pictures hemp as a sustainable, multipurpose crop fit for the green transition.”