If current restrictions are relaxed, hemp could become a viable alternative for some farmers.
A legal change could generate a more than $4 million industry for New Zealand, and give a big boost to the regions.
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has prepared a proposal to permit the sale of low-THC hemp seed as food.
If it gives it the green light, the decision will go to the ministers responsible for food regulation on each side of the Tasman, to review or agree that the standard should become law.
New Zealand’s minister Jo Goodhew has previously said she would support the sale of low-THC hemp seed food.
At the moment, companies can use hemp oil, and hemp fibres for clothing or building materials, but selling hemp food – such as hemp protein – is illegal. It can only be sold as pet food.
Although hemp is a form of…
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