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Hemp Production Around The World

  • Austria – has a hemp industry including production of hemp seed oil, medicinal and Hanf (hemp) magazine.
  • Denmark – planted its first modern hemp in 1997 and is committed to utilising organic methods.
  • Finland – had a resurgence of hemp (‘hampu’) beginning in 1995 with several small test plots.
  • France – harvested 10,000 tons in 1994. France is the main source of viable low THC hemp seed. The French word for hemp is ‘chanvre’.
  • Great Britain – lifted hemp prohibition in 1993. Animal bedding, paper and textiles have been developed. A government grant was given to develop new markets for natural fibres and 4,000 acres were grown in 1994. Subsidies are given by the government for growing.
  • Hungary – is rebuilding their hemp industry and is one of the biggest exporters of hemp cordage, rugs and hemp fabric to the US. They also export hemp seed and hemp paper. The Hungarian word for hemp is ‘kender’.
  • Japan – has a religious tradition which requires that the Emperor wear hemp garments, so there is a small plot maintained for the imperial family only. They continue to import for cloth and artistic applications.
  • Netherlands – conducting a four year study to evaluate and test hemp for paper and is developing processing equipment. Seed breeders are developing new strains of low THC varieties. The Dutch word for hemp is ‘hennep’.
  • Poland – currently grows hemp for fabric and cordage and manufactures hemp particle board. They have demonstrated the benefits of using hemp to cleanse soils contaminated by heavy metals. The Polish word for hemp is ‘konopij’.
  • Romania – is the largest commercial producer of hemp in Europe. Total acreage in 1993 was 40,000 acres. Some of it is exported to Hungary for processing. They also export to Western Europe and the US. The Romanian word for hemp is ‘cinepa’.
  • Russia – maintains the largest hemp germplasm collection in the world at the N.I. Vavilov Scientific Research Institute of Plant Industry (VIR) in Saint Petersburg. The Russian word for hemp is ‘konoplya’.
  • Spain – grows and exports hemp pulp for paper and produces rope and textiles. The Spanish word for hemp is ‘canamo’.
  • Switzerland – is a producer of hemp. The Swiss words for hemp are ‘hanf’, ‘chanvre’ or ‘canapa’ depending on whether you are in the French, German or Italian speaking area.
  • Egypt, Korea, Portugal, Thailand and the Ukraine also produce hemp.