Colorado Company Receives Approval to Grow Hemp? EnviroTextiles Setting the Record Straight

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Headlines in recent news imply Colorado company, EnviroTextiles, federally approved to grow hemp

“Hemp is just one of many sustainable agricultural crops that we have yet to take advantage of. Although hemp can provide the most raw materials for products, none of these sustainable crops are smokeable!”, Barbara Filippone

On the morning of March 7, 2013, several articles were published that implied that EnviroTextiles had gained the authority to grow industrial hemp in Colorado. "As more media outlets picked up and summarized the original story, the facts became even more inaccurate." stated EnviroTextiles founder Barbara Filippone. The articles immediately stirred up quite a bit of excitement for the Colorado hemp industry. The purpose for this press release is to set the record straight.

The original article that set off the firestorm was published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, and then picked up by media outlets in the Denver market and beyond. The original article was titled, “Local hemp broker wins approval from the FDA,” and subsequent articles were titled, “Colorado company approved to grow hemp,” and, “Colorado company EnviroTextiles approved to grow hemp.”

The mix up occurred when the original article mentioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instead of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). EnviroTextiles previously submitted their hemp products to the USDA for their Bio Preferred Program®, a green initiative labeling program similar to USDA Organic foods but for other consumer products and building materials. EnviroTextiles achieved a major milestone for the hemp industry last month, when their products were qualified for Federally Preferred Procurement with the Bio Preferred® Program. Media covering the USDA’s qualification for hemp products eventually morphed into the inaccurate reporting of FDA approval to grow hemp being granted to EnviroTextiles.

EnviroTextiles has not been working directly with the FDA concerning industrial hemp, but would welcome the opportunity. EnviroTextile’s president and founder, Barbara Filippone, has successfully created thousands of jobs in her career through economic developments surrounding hemp and bio diverse agriculture in countries outside the US including India, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Mexico, South Korea, and China. The company has prepared a complete vertical economic development plan for Colorado focusing on non GMO agriculture, such as seeds from Monsanto, DuPont, and Pioneer.

Industrial hemp is one of several identified value added agricultural crops that are, “sustainable.” Sustainable crops require little to no water, pesticides, or herbicides, are drought tolerant, and provide multiple value added products such as animal feed, fiber, and natural fiber composite materials.

Ms. Filippone enthusiastically states, “These products are in high demand in global markets including multiple industries, and can provide a sustainable economic balance by creating a desperately needed industry for export and new jobs in the US. The need for job creation that supports environmental stewardship in the United States can help to restore the US as the leaders we once were. Manufacturing hemp products and utilizing bio diverse agriculture will support the Change our President is speaking of!”

EnviroTextiles, located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, is a pioneer in natural fiber and non GMO textiles The company specializes in value added agriculture, processing, and product development utilizing a variety of natural fibers which include hemp. EnviroTextiles is a global wholesale supplier of hemp and bio based products that include fabric and yarns, natural fiber for composites (plastics), industrial building materials, and finished products. They currently ship to over 70 countries. Their latest development includes Enviro-Fiber Foam™, a 100% biobased product alternative to polyurethane oil based foam.

The original article can be found at the Please navigate to the "E-edition" and select March 7th to see the version that was printed.

For more information please contact:
Email: info(at)envirotextile(dot)com
Phone: (970) 945-5986
Investment Relations: dan(at)envirotextile(dot)com    

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