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Researchers Study Hemp Biomass as Animal Feed

Project aims to determine if residual cannabis compounds are present in meat and milk

Dairy cow VIA Pixabay MARCH 2021

Researchers at Oregon State University are studying whether hemp could be part of a nutritious diet for livestock, reports the Capital Press.

The project aims to determine whether “spent hemp biomass” can be fed to animals including lambs, chickens and dairy cows, and whether any residual cannabis compounds are present in the meat and milk.

Rich in protein, fiber and minerals, hemp biomass appears to have promise as a cheaper alternative animal feed. Hemp, however, is not currently approved for animal feed by the USDA. Researchers hope the project will generate the data needed for the FDA to take that next step.

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