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Help U.S. farmers once again grow hemp

Dr. Oz supports it. Natural products retailers sell it, but U.S. farmers can't grow it? Something's wrong with this picture. Hemp is the only plant that's fine to process and consume in the United States, but illegal to grow. I think it's time we changed that, and we may finally have the opportunity. 

Earlier this week Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a hemp farming amendment to the Farm Bill that would allow U.S. farmers to once again grow industrial hemp.  If the amendment passes, we could bring this sustainable and lucrative crop back to U.S. soil. Right now, much of the hemp imported to the U.S. comes from Canada. The goal is 5,000 submitted letters and phone calls by Sunday. Who's on board?

To make it even easier, mention one of these three ready-to-go points in support of hemp from my colleague Elisa Bosley at Delicious Living when you call or write.

Did you know hemp is:  

A nutritional star
Gluten-free, low-carb hemp is nutritionally dense, packed with fiber, protein, ten essential amino acids, and an ideal 1:3 balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It tastes great, too: nutty and mild. What can hemp not do? Get you high: It contains little to no THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient.

Smart body care companies incorporate hemp oil as an outstanding moisturizer. With a smaller carbon footprint than cotton, hemp turns heads as an eco-chic fabric. Alt-energy pioneers tout it as a biofuel. And when it comes to food and beverage—cereals, nondairy milk, raw seeds, bars, powders, cooking oil, and more—the sky’s the limit.

An eco champion
Needing no pesticides, herbicides, or GMO interference, hemp grows like, yes, a weed. Farmers love it because, in addition to being a low-cost, sustainable crop with myriad applications, hemp enriches the soil in which it grows and requires about half the water that other crops do.

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