The hemp movement is truly global as evidenced by the enthusiasm and support I am recieving not only from the readers that are tuning in from all over the world, but by the fact that one of France’s leading activist, Veronik Menanteau has agreed to be a Hemp Press contributor. As a resident of the chic French fashion district in Paris, Veronik has her eye on all things hemp in one of the most influential cities in the world when it comes to food and fashion. I am very excited to welcome Veronik and look forward to sharing a world-wide view on hemp.
A few days ago, there was a World Hemp Congress in Slovenia. Unfortunately, the media in France stayed quiet about this information. A moralistic and alarmist attitude permeates the French Media when it comes to Hemp (for example National TV Channel 6 will present another documentary on the dangers of hemp for society on September 15th.)
It’s such a shame that the media shuns hemp when we all know that hemp provides a big answer (we could even write the only one answer….) to our next economy. This poses a French paradox since people here in France have a very emotional relationship with food. The result is that hemp food is cropping up at some very high end organic shops in Paris. Why? Because many people are concerned about eating healthy food and hemp products are extremely beneficial due the nutritiousness of the hemp seed, also known as the hempnut. This nut is rich in both protein and oil and this oil is one of the richest sources of essential fatty acids (EFAs). You may choose to eat the entire seed, only the hempnut, or to press the oil out of the seed and use the oil and the meal (the rest) separately.
We all know now that Hemp is a great source of protein. Although it does not have as much protein as soy, the spectrum of amino acids in it makes it a more digestible source of vegetable protein and hemp is not genetically modified like most soy.
Today I cooked Hemp spaghetti with Hemp oil and let me tell you that hemp oil is equally remarkable. It contains approximately 56% Omega 6 or Linoleic Acid (LA), 20% Omega 3 or Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) and 3% gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Hemp is one of only two plants known to contain all three of these vital nutrients. As an added hemp treat for my spaghetti, I served it with a yummy hemp pesto!
Being a Hemp Activist requires a lot of energy. The good news is that there is no shortage of healthy hemp food that will give us the energy we need to continue to promote the awesome properties of hemp.