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Hemp is a superfood with a low-carbon footprint, and many uses. So why isn't Australia embracing it?

Most of us are familiar with hemp clothing, and some of us have tried eating hemp seeds with yoghurt or blending them into smoothies.

It's been hailed as a superfood that can even be used to replace plastic, so hemp seems like an obvious crop for Australian farmers to embrace.

But six years after it was first approved as food, the industry in Australia is going backwards.

Hemp advocates say it is a hardy crop that grows quickly in most areas with less water and a low-carbon footprint.

Canada is the world's leading producer, exporting hemp seeds, oil and protein powder. And China is not far behind. 

But in Australia, production is limited and struggling to keep pace.

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