As is the case all over the planet, hemp has a rich and colorful history in Germany. The earliest documented hemp artifacts in Europe date back to 800BC. Hemp seed's nutritional value has been recognized since the Middle Ages and it is still used today to make a German traditional soup. During the 14th century, the ancient Chinese art of making paper was introduced to Germany. Hemp and flax rags were used to make paper that can last for hundreds of years. In the 17th century, hemp was used to equip and clothe the German fleet.
Hemp for Victory was a film released by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1942, urging U.S. farmers to grow industrial hemp for World War II. Of course, it was just five years earlier in 1937 when the anti-Cannabis campaign efforts of Harry Anslinger and the Bureau of Narcotics successfully culminated in the early stages of both hemp and marijuana prohibition.
HempFlax in Oude Pekela (NL) focuses on the production and processing of sustainable resources, semi-finished and finished products made from ecologically grown fibre hemp and flax. By professionally improving the development and innovation of renewable natural fibre products, HempFlax stands at the outset of a sustainable industrial chain.