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Is hemp the food of the future?

Many researchers are currently looking into the possibility of a new source of income for hemp producers. If hemp is already directly involved in the cultivation of cereals, fibers and flowers, it seems that its young shoots could be used for a new crop of green vegetables, a healthy and natural food!

Hemp, a food like any other

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona, hemp seedlings may well end up being the new superfood for our salads.

Masson is a farmer living in Arizona. Recently, he decided to plant 17 varieties of hemp grains and fibers in test fields to harvest hemp leaves every 18 days. He explains that these young hemp shoots spread as fast as weeds. His crop even bloomed, which was an opportunity for him to partially get rid of the sometimes bitter taste found in the hemp leaf.

It is still too early to be sure, but it would also seem that these young hemp shoots bring an important nutritional value to the one who consumes them. When asked about this, Masson said the hemp shoots are very dense when eaten. “You can feel the fiber moving through you; even though it’s nice and tender, there’s still a lot of fiber.”

And taste-wise?

A panel of 89 people volunteered to conduct taste tests. In the end, of the 17 varieties tested, five stood out for their good taste.

According to Masson, test participants particularly liked the young hemp shoots with their minty, fruity and floral flavors. They also indicated that the crispness of the hemp reminded them of that encountered with kale.

In addition, they found hemp to have more of a “peach fuzz” compared to other greens. In the end, hemp scored 3.3 on a scale of 1 to 5, although participants indicated a taste preference for hemp over kale.

Real economic stakes

The seedlings germinated very quickly during Masson’s trials: they grew faster than leafy spinach seedlings, even though their planting density is already particularly high!

According to Mr. Masson, there is no need to worry about potential competition for seeds, which are available at relatively high prices. Indeed, hemp is very popular nowadays, and according to his tests and the reaction of consumers, Mr. Masson is convinced that the young hemp shoots will sell out in record time!…

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Cannabis: Switzerland prepares for legalization

After the National, the State Public Health Commission has largely agreed to regulate the cannabis market.

The way is clear: parliamentarians can now prepare the law that will “lift the prohibition of cannabis and completely revise the regulations on its cultivation, production, trade and consumption”. The Committee on Public Health of the Council of States voted 9 to 2 in favor of the parliamentary initiative to regulate the market, a few months after a (closer) vote of the same committee of the National.

Put an end to the black market

The committee of the States wants to treat the problem in its entirety. “It will be necessary to ensure that the black market is contained and that only cannabis whose quality has been controlled is available,” it said in its statement issued Tuesday afternoon.

The initiative accepted by the commissions speaks indeed “to introduce a tax and regulate advertising, to dry up the black market by removing the prohibition and to supervise the production for personal use”. The protection of minors must be considered a priority, the text says.

From now on, the National Health Commission will have to work on writing the law, which will then be submitted to both chambers in plenary. Given the votes of the elected representatives of the commissions and the positions of the different parties, the proposal has the potential to be accepted.

Times are changing

First to react, the Young Socialists “welcome the clear decision of the commission and hope that the chambers will quickly deal with this object”. The Swiss Greens had also called for acceptance of the solution in the previous vote. The FDP is somewhat divided, but some sections are advocating the decriminalization of all drugs.

The Centre and the SVP have been rather sceptical in the past, but it should be noted that the parliamentary initiative was tabled by Heinz Siegenthaler from Bern, who sits for the PBD, i.e. in the parliamentary group of the Centre, and that he is a former member of the SVP.…