- Published: Sunday, 15 February 2015 12:10
When it comes to food and farming, old is new these days; it's hard to find a seed catalog that isn't filled with heirloom crops that are all the rage again.
There's one once-important Virginia plant, though, that needs an OK from the General Assembly before it comes back. WMRA's Andrew Jenner has the latest on the process.
Guess what just won the unanimous approval of the fractious Virginia House of Delegates? Hemp.
Winchester, VA -The Virginia General Assembly recently approved the Industrial Hemp Farming Act 2015 and once Governor McAuliffe signs the bill, it will officially become a law.
The law will allow hemp to be grown, so it can be used to create products such as paper, plastic or fiber.
"We are poised to be able to allow our state universities and Department of Agriculture to approve the growing and cultivation and processing of industrial hemp in Virginia for the purposes of pilot programs," said Chase Milner, Shenandoah Valley Regional Director of Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition.
After spending over four decades classified as a dangerous substance, hemp appears to be on the brink of making a comeback in Virginia.
Since 2012, the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition has been near the forefront of lobbying efforts to bring the once-central commodity back into the state’s good graces. This week, the Virginia General Assembly approved the Hemp Farming Act of 2015, sending it to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his signature.
“Industrial hemp can be used as a cheaply produced alternative component in numerous modern products, including fabrics, building materials, composites used in cars and insulation,” Yost said in a statement.
Charlottesville, VA (WVIR) - State lawmakers will consider a bill this year that would allow farmers to legally grow hemp in Virginia. Critics argue the cash crop is too similar to marijuana.
The Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition, an industrial hemp lobbying group, rallied supporters Saturday night in Belmont, hosting a film screening of "Hempsters" and a discussion about House Bill 1277.
The bill will go before the General Assembly in the upcoming session. If passed, HB 1277 would allow Virginia farmers to grow hemp.
Joni Lane, VIHC's Central Virginia Regional Coordinator & LEED Green Associate, is a recent graduate of Boston Architectural College with a Masters in Sustainable Design Studies. She is passionate about creating valuable, sustainable and regenerative solutions by which humans can continue to live without threatening to render our planet uninhabitable. She believes great design has the power to change the world and has decided to focus her energy on healing our built environment with bio-based materials, specifically Hempcrete. Focusing on addressing indoor contaminants and their effect on our health, She strives to advance education and awareness of this very important public health issue to promote safe and healthy buildings.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Hempcrete/Responsible Design