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Volume 3, Issue 18, Fall 2001 ISSN 1498-8135

Table of Contents
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Parkland BioFibre: $15 million processor for Dauphin, MB
So where's the Hemp?
AAFC releases second hemp survey: grounds for optimism
Nutris Inc. bags Ukrainian Seed
Hemp and The New Energy Economy
Industrial Hemp For Feed
New Products Preview: How do I get free advertising in The Hemp Report?

Fibre Front: Textile Roundup
Lights on again in Hemptown
Patagonia: a necessary part of the mix
Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Hemp Fibre
An Overview of the Present Bast Fibre Production and Processing in China by Gordon Scheifele
World First Patents: Spinning Hemp in Cotton Mills

Regulatory Update:
New Rules? Canada
New Rules! USA

Primordial & Timeless Forms: The Works of Helmut Becker
Special Hemp Art Feature

Supporting Advertisers This Issue:

Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers Co-op Ltd. - www.pihg.org
The Cool Hemp Company - www.coolhemp.com
Hempola Valley Farms/Hempola - www.hempola.com
BioHemp Environmental Technologies Ltd. - www.biohemp.com
HMG Sales and Marketing Inc. - www.hempmanagement.com
HempNut Inc. - www.TheHempNut.com
Fiber Options - ecoeverything@hotmail.com
Hempline - www.hempline.com
Saskatchewan Hemp Association - www.saskhemp.com
The Hemp Industries Association - www.thehia.org
Vote Hemp - www.votehemp.com

Special Thanks to:

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps - www.drbronner.com
IndustrialHemp.net - www.industrialhemp.net
Canadian Textile Journal - www.ctt.ca


Can a plant sue for libel? This is my thinking as hemp enters a new round of regulatory refinement in the US.

Hemp is routinely hated, feared, and defamed by certain conservative "citizen" groups. They are supported by specific rulemaking and rule-enforcing bodies. The dialogue often makes me wonder whether we are talking about the same plant or not.

The lies often put me in a foul mood, cold and bitter like the night of a Prairie winter.

But y'know, the propaganda effort itself is geriatric, despite handsome funding, and hemp continues to win public victories through the media. Now this cheers me up. But are the small media coups we've seen to date enough? Is hemp developing the critical mass it needs to win over cautious politicians, bored bureaucrats, and the distracted main street of civil society? I can make no predictions, our 21st century future having been plunged into murk by the events of past September. These are dangerous and brutal times we live in. But I believe that hemp has its part in making a better way, here in North America, and around the world. And this winter, as death walks boldly across several continents, I want you to think about how this will happen.

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Hundreds of readers rely on the Hemp Report for good information, analysis and research about industrial hemp. We have been publishing for 2 and 1/2 years, a very long time in the stepped up world of online publishing. It's been very interesting and very rewarding working for you and I have grown a lot on the journey.

In all this time, we have been a free-to-read publication. Much of the costs have been carried out of pocket or been covered by the benefice of our corporate advertisers or web partners. But to continue publishing on a regular basis, we now need some support from our readers (astute readers might see we are a few months late with this issue. I was working elsewhere, that's why).

A few astute readers -- them again -- have anticipated this, and recently have made some timely contributions. And without wanting to sound like a PBS commercial, we do need some help. And so I ask you, if you enjoy this publication, if you like our information, if you have found value in the Hemp Report (or the Hemp Commerce and Farming Report), please make a contribution. This can be of any amount ($5-$10 would match the monies we have gotten lately) and can be easily made through the online pay system we have set up. Please scroll down to "Donate to the Hemp Report" at the bottom of this page to see it. You can also use snail mail if you like; email me at arthur@hempreport.com for additional details.

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Arthur Hanks
Regina, Saskatchewan
December 2001


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Editor-in-Chief: Arthur Hanks arthur@hempreport.com
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To go to Part 1, Canada, click here.

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