iHemp Magazine iHemp - Issue 2 - Oct 2018 | Page 8

included entertainment by MC Greg Ward, Carmelle Riley (Whenua Kura) emphasized whose performance throughout the conference the need for skills training for this new crop was outstanding. industry. And so to the final day... Maggie Davidson (University of Western Sydney) gave a heartfelt plea for considering Food from Hemp was introduced by a video conference call with John Roulac of USA Hemp the Health & Safety aspects of producing hemp. Surprisingly (to me) this did not only food company Nutiva. John’s presentation emphasis the importance explored the wide range of of respect for the heavy hemp seed food products The official dinner machinery necessary to that were possible. that evening included produce the crop, but The CEO of Cookie Time, also the danger from entertainment by MC Greg Michael Mayell, gave a “dust particles” produced Ward, whose performance presentation on marketing during the harvesting hemp food, which started throughout the conference and processing process. off with a highly engaging was outstanding. Physical injuries can be burst of dance! devastating, but so can After a short tea break it lung damage. was then my responsibility Then it was time for Bryan Wilson (MPI) and to introduce the huge gaps in our knowledge Stewart Jessamine (MOH) to clarify the legal on how to grow hemp for fibre, food and (regulatory) aspects required for growing medicine. I emphasized that our agronomic hemp, and also the use of the seed for human knowledge of hemp is extremely poor, and that tremendous improvements in productivity food. This was followed by a substantial questions and answer session, in which a could be anticipated in the future. number of contentious areas were clarified. For instance, 60 years ago the best greenhouse There was considerable support from tomato growers produced a crop of only 200t/ delegates for the transfer of the regulator ha/year, yet now that figure is 800t/ha/year. requirements for growing hemp to be With improved genetics, greenhouses, grower transferred from MOH to MPI. knowledge and other research for hemp, one might anticipate current yields to double in the After lunch on the final day Panapa Ehau and Manu Caddie (Hikurangi Group) presented next 50 years. their views on medicinal cannabis production. Photo: Cam Sims Plant Culture Ltd 8 Pictured from left: Werner Schulze, Mathew Johnson, Craig Johnson, Duncan Matthews of HempConnect based in Whanganui