Meet our Program partners: Hemp Foods Australia!

Posted on 20 October 2021

Hemp Foods Australia was born from a genuine passion to make a positive difference for people, the community and the planet. How? Through bringing nutritious and delicious hemp food products to as many people as possible.

A close-knit team operating out of Bangalow just inland from Byron Bay, Hemp Foods Australia is dedicated to quality, sustainability and value.

Since the early 90s, Founder and leading Hemp Guru, Paul Benhaim, knew the potential of this superfood seed. Dedicating a great deal of his life to the world of hemp, Paul dug deeper to understand its potent nutritional benefits, its versatility as an ingredient and what it takes to cultivate, create and produce the highest quality hemp products.

Establishing Hemp Food Australia in 1999, the brand has continued on its journey of development and dedication to quality ever since. The proof is in the (hemp) pudding!

With a wealth of knowledge under his belt, Paul has scratched and spoken many words all over the world, on the positive impact of hemp for our health and wellbeing and the environment.

Fast forward to today, and Hemp Foods Australia is the number one manufacturer of Hemp Foods in the southern hemisphere with a range of delicious products including, seeds, oil, protein, skincare and nut butter spreads.

Organic has been a focus of the brand since the beginning, and producing organic products was always at the core of their business ethos. Obtaining organic certification was a way to ensure their customers that they could trust the quality of their products.

“Consumers and partners we work with want to know they can trust our organic processes and certification really helps us achieve this.”

Displaying the Bud certification logo, the most recognised certification logo amongst Australian shoppers, means that all Hemp Foods Australia products and ingredients have been certified to the Australian Certified Organic Standard and have met rigorous certification checks.

When it comes to the Australian Organic Schools Program, Hemp Foods Australia is hoping to educate teachers and students about the benefits of organic foods and processes. Hemp is still a relatively new product to the Australian market, meaning that many consumers are still unaware of the incredible nutritional benefits of hemp. Organic hemp contains omega 3,6, and 9, as well as 9 essential amino acids which can’t be produced by the body but are vital for tissue repair and nutrient absorption.

“There is no better way to eat food than the natural organic way! Hemp food is still a relatively new product to Australia and we can’t wait until more people discover the goodness of hemp. It’s nutritious, delicious and so versatile!”

Not only is hemp food delicious and nutritious, it’s also a game-changer for farmers.

“Farmers like hemp because it is quick to grow! It needs less water than some more traditional crops and can be grown in a range of climates. This is why it is such a sustainable plant that’s great for our planet.”

Hundreds of varieties of Hemp are available, and the plants grown for food are strictly regulated in Australia.

Learn more about Hemp Foods Australia on their website and look out for exclusive content and recipes in our Australian Organic Schools Program! Sign up for free today and gain instant access to free organic teaching resources.

Fun facts about Hemp Seeds:

  • They contain 30% protein
  • Are a good source of omega 3, 6, iron and magnesium
  • They ontribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass
  • They support a healthy functioning immune system
  • Contribute to energy production
  • Are 100% natural, and
  • Are a sustainable food source!