The chief executive of Food Standards, Steve McCutcheon, has publicly compared hempseed to traditionally used poppy seeds and declared hemp seeds to be safe for human consumption. McCutcheon’s assertion is borne out when examining some of the facts: 44% of hempseed weight consists of healthy oils, with 80% of that being essential fatty acids (EFA’s) like omega-3. The protein content (33%) is second only to soy and provides more complete amino acids than animal-based sources of protein. And unlike flaxseed oil, hemp oil doesn’t create a deficiency or imbalance of EFA’s with continued use and doesn’t trigger allergies.
Presently, Food Standards has opened the floor to public commentary on their proposal before it will be formally brought before health ministers for final approval in 2012. Sydney-based physician Andrew Katelaris submitted the hempseed food application to Food Standards after previously having a 2002 proposal shot down by health ministers. Dr. Katelaris has been a longtime thorn in the side of Oz’ federal government, as he was previously deregistered by the Dept of Health and Aging for providing medicinal cannabis to his patients.
Predictably, that very same Dept of Health and Aging, whose website is fully loaded with anti-pot propaganda, is opposing Food Standards' proposal of adding hempseed to food. They’ve justified their stance by claiming that foods containing hemp seeds will “promote a public perception that cannabis is an acceptable and safe product to consume.” Which, of course, it is.