Klara Marosszeky has a vision for the future that involves
revamping of the local farming industry to produce industrial
hemp crops. Working with farmers, she has just harvested her
first commercial crop of industrial hemp and is looking for
innovators who want to utilise the product.
Industrial hemp has a low-THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
content and produces the longest, strongest plant fibres in
the world. It is used in many countries in the manufacture of
plastics, fiberglass, fabrics, food and building materials.
“In the UK, a major car manufacturer, Lotus,
is making whole cars out of hemp,” Klara said. “Everything
but the engine is hemp. Henry Ford would be grinning in his
Klara currently teaches sustainability courses at TAFE
and envisions hemp as the solution to many of the sustainability
issues that are affecting Australia today. Not only is she trying
to create a hemp industry in NSW and open the way to using hemp
seed as a food product, but she is out to make housing materials
affordable. After looking around for alternative products to
replace our current dependence on timber, Klara spent years
experimenting with hemp masonry as a building material, with
very successful results. Two years ago, she was a finalist for
the Northern Rivers Regional Development Board’s innovation
award for her hemp masonry.