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Hemp, though seemingly just a plant, is surprisingly versatile! It’s environmentally friendly and used in the production of paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, and health food (hemp milk, anyone?).

Which is perhaps why the sustainability folks over at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) are hosting a panel discussion called, “Hemp for Performance, Profit and the Planet: Elite Athletes and Business Leaders Make the Case for Industrial Hemp Farming.”

Elite athletes and business leaders, you say? In fact one of our eco-faves Brendan Brazier, Ironman triathlete and celeb vegan, will be part of the discussion, along with John Roulac, the founder and CEO of natural foods brand Nutiva, and Steve Levine, the President of the Hemp Industries Association.

The panel is taking place roughly a month in advance of Hemp History Week (yes, a real thing!), and a nationwide campaign to promote the environmental and health benefits of utilizing hemp in industrial production.

“Brendan Brazier and John Roulac have promoted the powerful health benefits of hemp through elite sports, business, writing, and advocacy,” UCLA Sustainability Coordinator Nurit Katz explained. “Steve Levine has worked as an activist for many years to show policy makers that it’s not just consumers who benefit from hemp. Industrial hemp is a low-input, fast growing and profitable crop that is thriving in Canada and offers hope for regenerating America’s farms.”

As an added bonus to the panel discussion, there will be booths set up around the campus featuring natural product companies like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Nutiva, Nature’s Path, Manitoba Harvest, Sequel, French Meadow, Merry Hempsters and Living Harvest, ready and willing to give out samples of their delicious hemp foods and fabulous hemp body products.

So, live in Los Angeles and want to learn more about hemp? The event will take place on Tuesday, March 29th from 7 p.m.—9 p.m. at the Broad Art Center, Patio and Room 2160E, on the UCLA Campus. Hope to see you there!

  • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

    what is understand is that hemp grows so fast in such a short time that undesirable weeds don’t get a change to grow and insects dont get the change to become pests. no pesticides, isn’t that great and green ?

  • http://www.HempHistoryWeek.com Ryan

    From all of us at Hemp History Week – thanks for this great and informative piece!

    I have two very small corrections.

    1) The moderator of the panel is actually Nurit Katz not Nutir.
    See: http://www.today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/sustainability-coordinator-72026.aspx

    2) The hemp plant that is responsible for “the production of paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food…” is not the same plant that is responsible for use in “medical purposes”. As you probably know, this confusion is in part responsible for the ban on industrial hemp farming. Drug-varieties of cannabis are distinct and separate plants from non-drug industrial hemp. We simply want to be very clear that we are promoting the latter. The medical discussion is a whole different issue altogether.

    Thanks again for covering this!

    • Erin La Rosa

      Thanks, Ryan! Updated