California-based Dr. Bronner’s now sources its entire supply, approximately 30 metric tons annually, of USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Organic hemp seed oil used in its soap and other body care products, from U.S. farmers. This achievement marks the cumulative success of more than two decades of committed advocacy by the company to legalize hemp farming in the U.S., including the donation of more than $3.6 million to legalization efforts over the past two decades; widespread public education and grassroots advocacy organizing per the Hemp History Week campaign; and engagement in numerous legal battles to protect the right of U.S. farmers to cultivate this versatile and sustainable crop.
“Bringing hemp back to the American agricultural landscape is a big win for farmers, consumers, environmentalists and sustainable manufacturers alike, and we’re proud to support the growing U.S. hemp industry with our dedicated business,” said David Bronner, cosmic engagement officer of Dr. Bronner’s. “We will continue the fight to further dismantle unjust federal prohibition of cannabis cultivation in the U.S., so that the full healing potential of this plant is realized—for the sake of our health and the planet.”
Rich in vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, hemp seed oil is hydrating to the skin, and makes for smooth soap lather and more moisturizing after-feel, according to the company. Dr. Bronner’s sources domestic hemp oil from a variety of supply partners including Kentucky-based Victory Hemp Foods, founded in 2015, which produces USDA Organic Hemp Seed Oil sourced from farmers in Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Texas and Washington.
“Dr. Bronner's has been a leading voice and contributor working to change federal legislation allowing hemp to be grown here in the U.S. The company’s purchasing power has allowed us to expand contracts and acreage to prioritize U.S. farmers making organic hemp part of a rotation that helps to build soil and sequester carbon,” said Chad Rosen, founder and CEO of Victory Hemp Foods. “As a value-add processor that is contracting farmers and converting farm commodities into ingredients, it is critical that we align with customers that share our goal to shape the supply chain into one that will result in a positive outcome for our farmers and the environment. We're very fortunate to work with Dr. Bronner's team, and are excited to be making a positive impact in our communities.”
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