The future of industrial hemp | Richard Barge | Boma New Zealand | Grow 2019 Agri Summit

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Hemp is one of the most versatile raw materials in the fiber industry. Richard Barge talks through the potential uses waiting to be harnessed in this exciting space—not only food products but fiber products like hempcrete, thermal insulation, clothing, and even composite materials used in shoes, cars, and more.

Richard is co-owner of two hemp companies—Hemptastic NZ Ltd. and Hemp Seeds Foods Ltd, which take pride in using 100% hemp that is 100% New Zealand made, while striving to use an ethical and sustainable approach to the use of resources and the environment.

He also serves as Deputy Chair of the NZ Hemp Industries Association (NZHIA), a non profit organisation involved with promoting and developing a sustainable iHemp industry for New Zealand. NZHIA supports bio regional developments centered around the sustainable production of seed and natural fiber crops, grown and processed locally.

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This video was filmed at a Boma NZ Agri Summit operated under a free license from Boma Global and Boma and organized by Boma New Zealand. The views in this talk are that of the local Boma partner and not that of Boma Global. Boma’s global network strives to design a fair and more human centered future and drive change on both a local and global level through educational programs, actions, talks, media and impact initiatives.