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Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Magnitudes

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Magnitudes

This is a good way to visualize the latitudes of Europe with North America. It’s an important consideration for U.S. hemp farmers using European seed, especially varieties which are bred, developed, and certified for performance at the maintainers’ latitude. Moving even one degree south changes performance. Using Polish seed in Texas? Might be a problem. … Continue reading "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Magnitudes" ...
For Sale: Old School Hemp/Cannabis Collection

For Sale: Old School Hemp/Cannabis Collection

For Sale: Old School Hemp/Cannabis Collection. Intermediate and compliant hemp for fibre, grain, and dual purpose. These are not necessarily for cannabinoid or terpene production, although selections from them might be suitable for those applications. This is a germplasm collection of seventy varieties, mostly landraces from all over Europe and Asia. Parent lines have 100 … Continue reading "For Sale: Old School Hemp/Cannabis Collection" ...
Breeder Inquiry

Breeder Inquiry

For Sale: Old School Hemp/Cannabis Collection. Intermediate and compliant hemp for fibre, grain, and dual purpose. These are not necessarily for cannabinoid or terpene production, although selections from them might be suitable for those applications. This is a germplasm collection of seventy varieties, mostly landraces from all over Europe and Asia. Parent lines have 100 … Continue reading "Breeder Inquiry" ...
1996: Hempsters Consult With the Navajo Nation

1996: Hempsters Consult With the Navajo Nation

In September 1996 a few hempsters were asked to go to Window Rock in the Navajo Nation. Woody Harrelson, Chris Boucher, Michael Myers, Jim Robinson and I traveled there for 3 days, on our dime and at Christie Bohling and Patrick Lange’s request, to consult on hemp with the Navajo Nation administrators and a Judge. … Continue reading "1996: Hempsters Consult With the Navajo Nation" ...
1997: First Recipient of Award for Hempseed Food Achievement

1997: First Recipient of Award for Hempseed Food Achievement

Years before today’s companies even thought of starting, we won the Cannabis industry’s first awards, the Hemp Achievement Award in the Hemp Food category. Three of them, in fact, in just two years 1997/8, all for food innovation including HempNut brand shelled hempseed, the industry’s first. To: Assignments or News Editor Date: June 1, 1997 … Continue reading "1997: First Recipient of Award for Hempseed Food Achievement" ...
“Americanize” New Foods in Order to be Literally and Culturally Palatable

“Americanize” New Foods in Order to be Literally and Culturally Palatable

In the 1980s, in order to normalize Soyfoods which are foods made out of tofu or soymilk, I offered them in traditional American flavors and forms. Cottage Salad, soymilk, dips like Missing-Egg Salad and Tofummus, Soy-o yogurt, chocolate and strawberry puddings (Bill Cosby was big then), but also brands like LeTofu (similar to ice cream), … Continue reading "“Americanize” New Foods in Order to be Literally and Culturally Palatable" ...

New FDA Comm: Status Quo on CBD?

Pres. Biden’s pick to head the FDA, Dr. Robert Califf, previously ran the agency under Obama. From Natural Products Insider: “There is nothing that I am aware of to suggest that Dr. Califf will be focused on supplements or CBD, in the short term at least,” said Ivan Wasserman, partner at the Amin Talati Wasserman … Continue reading "New FDA Comm: Status Quo on CBD?" ...

Marijuana = Hemp in Toxin Uptake

For years those growing non-Hemp CBD, typically marijuana or drug Cannabis >0.3% THC, have said it was less likely to uptake heavy metals and other toxins than Hemp. It was a silly assertion, of course, as Cannabis is Cannabis. Ironically, because of this canard Hemp might actually be “cleaner” than marijuana, as it may be … Continue reading "Marijuana = Hemp in Toxin Uptake" ...
1997: HIA True Hemp Fabric Certification Program

1997: HIA True Hemp Fabric Certification Program

In 1997 HIA asked me to start and manage the True Hemp Fabric Certification Program. It was the first certification program in the North American hemp industry. They thought a food guy wouldn’t know how to do this, but with no loopholes only Denny Finneran’s Crucial Creations registered. I also designed the Certification logo. NEWS … Continue reading "1997: HIA True Hemp Fabric Certification Program" ...
FDA’s Lies Kill

FDA’s Lies Kill

Ironically on April 20 in 2006, FDA released a statement entitled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked Marijuana Is a Medicine.” In it FDA states that “there is currently sound evidence that smoked marijuana is harmful. A past evaluation by several Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies … concluded that no sound scientific … Continue reading "FDA’s Lies Kill" ...
Pricing for Problem Customers

Pricing for Problem Customers

When I was running fast-growing Rella Good Cheese Co. (#281 on the Inc. 500 in 1993, known then as “Sharon’s Finest”), I realized some wholesale customers were a delight and some were a total Pain In The Ass, yet they both were charged the same price. Those who were a hassle took more of our time and … Continue reading "Pricing for Problem Customers" ...
The Birth of “Business = Activism”

The Birth of “Business = Activism”

In 1980 many vegetarian entrepreneurs had a collective vision inspired by the Book of Tofu (William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi). Some of us went on to create Silk soymilk, Westbrae tofu, and TofuRella cheese alternative. Small village style tofu shops, thousands across the country just like Japan. Yes, we were naïve, yet we persisted. I … Continue reading "The Birth of “Business = Activism”" ...

2015: Making CBD “Sausage”

“Laws are like sausages, it’s better not to see them being made.” The following is the letter I wrote in 2015 to the person handling hemp for then-Congressman Polis. It was on behalf of 18 CBD companies, fifteen in Colorado and three of which were the largest in the country at the time. It was … Continue reading "2015: Making CBD “Sausage”" ...
2002: State Dep’t on Kenex NAFTA Suit

2002: State Dep’t on Kenex NAFTA Suit

In 1999 Kenex Inc. was a Canadian company exporting many different hempseed and fiber products to the U.S. I was one of their customers for one shipment, and in reviewing pro-forma invoices in advance of the export to me in California I noticed a massive red flag: they put “Contains less than 10 ppm THC.” … Continue reading "2002: State Dep’t on Kenex NAFTA Suit" ...
My Forty Years Under FDA’s Thumb

My Forty Years Under FDA’s Thumb

I write a lot about FDA, and the things I say are admittedly not in the realm of Conventional Wisdom. See it here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. So then, why listen to me when it comes to FDA? I don’t know what you … Continue reading "My Forty Years Under FDA’s Thumb" ...

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