What Countries Grow Hemp?
Countries growing hemp commercially (23):
- Canada, Chile
- Asia & Pacific
- Australia, China, India, Nepal, South Korea, Thailand
- Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine
Countries piloting or researching hemp (3):
- Japan, Netherlands, United States
Global Hemp Movement
The United States is already decades behind other countries in hemp research and application development
Where Do We Get Our Hemp?
China is the largest exporter of hemp paper and textiles. Most hemp apparel brands get their hemp supplies from farmers and factories in China. Although it is difficult to tell how big the hemp industry actually is in China, recent analysis have shown that it is close to $200M.China’s hemp seed industry is also growing, but it is not as well regulated as Canada. Consumers should be wary and cautious of buying hemp seed products that are not transparent of their origin
Canada is now the biggest producer and exporter of hemp seed products, including hulled hemp seeds, hemp oil, and hemp protein powder. Canada now accounts for 60-90% of total US hemp import market. Canadian hemp seeds are typically of high quality as the farmers are only allowed to use hemp seed varieties that are listed under Health Canada’s List of Approved Cultivars. All hemp seeds from Canada are non-GMO verified, and farmers do not use any type of pesticides. You can also look for the “Pro-Cert Organic” certifications on the brands that you buy.
Europe’s hemp industry has been focused around industrial uses, such as material for automobiles and construction. Most of the hemp in Europe are grown in Eastern European countries such as Romania, Hungary, and Russia. However, many other countries in Europe are growing hemp for various uses. The hemp industry was regrew in Europe as the European Union subsidized its farmers $400 per acre for growing hemp in the 1990s.