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Steven Teed, Green Future Industries - Benefits of hemp

[00:00:03] My name is Steven Tiede, I am an organic hemp farmer in B.C. and owner of Green Future Industries. The benefits hemp has for soil, crop rotation with its weed suppression, the less pesticides and herbicides it uses, the less amount of water it takes and then that's just in the farming and agriculture aspect and then once you get into processing and manufacturing products that are biodegradable you know hemp has the ability to make over 50 thousand different products, you know from anything that could be made out of wood or even oil can be made from hemp. A lot of research going on right now with the legalization especially from October. And so it'll be exciting to see what the future holds and what kind of discoveries and breakthroughs they make and hopefully I'm a part of that. So I was growing it for the organic seed when I first started; high nutrient, high protein omega acids and everything. That's what it was. Now we've switched to fiber and we're focusing on hemp construction material to rebuild our First Nation communities because housing is such an issue. And hemp gives us an opportunity to not only grow the products we need for our house, but to build a better home as well. We'll get a little snapshot of where hemp production was and is in Canada. It was very seed orientated, the organic health market that would Manitoba Harvest Hemp Co. Different big companies like that selling International.

[00:01:40] But with the legalization and change of legislation to include CBD harvesting from hemp, there's been a big shift that I've seen in the industry to focus on the CBD aspect which you know has its upsides for medicinal but I think it's really overshadowing what hemp is and can do. There are some companies that are trying to get into the construction market. There's some homes being built but nothing yet of a large scale. It comes down with education. I tell people I grow hemp and they're like, Oh no, I think it's cannabis the weed and it's a whole long process of explaining that they're two completely different plants and different properties and everything. So education. But in the next five to 10. I think you know they'll be a big boom and different areas. I think construction will be one especially with the CO2 emissions and all their goals. They're trying to hit with that. Hemp is an answer to a lot of those questions and I know government is starting to watch and they're starting to listen a little bit to what we're saying. So it'll be exciting but, if I have anything to say about it construction will be a big thing in Canada in the next five to 10 years. So. There's been a lot of people paving the way for hemp as an agricultural crop from all sides because it's been grown around the world so everybody around the world who you know looks into agricultural history will find hemp eventually so there they're quite lenient. They're quite understanding now, but government, no they're coming around but their focus right now is cannabis.

[00:03:21] That's kind of where all their focus is, so it's only a few people that are really working with hemp but a lot of it's up to the manufacturers, the growers and us to push the industry. But they've definitely more understanding than a lot other governments. So you know I've got to give them credit on that, like the application licensing is way easier than anything for cannabis and they've even made it easier a bit. So they're making steps in the right direction and hopefully one day it'll just won't even ever be regulated like it shouldn't have been in the first place. So hopefully we get there, but baby steps with the government. So right now it's kind of a comfortable state for people because there is some regulations on who can just jump into the industry and they have to follow some regulations. So what I've seen is the corporations who've been in the industry for a long time, they kind of like where it is because there's some control over how the market looks. But I'm hoping in the next 5,10 years though that all changed though and it'll just be a free plant to grow.