Manitoba Hemp Hearts demonstrates a passion for sustainability and the wellbeing of its consumers. Learning about the company’s history was quite inspiring because, without the co-founder’s passion for hemp, companies like his wouldn't be able to exist in Canada. Even after his activism paid off and revolutionized the superfood industry, he did not remain complacent and pushed his company to its greenest potential. Reading about the different certifications his company has, leaves one feeling hopeful about the food industrial complex because of the amount of careful planning that goes into their hemp production. However, it's disappointing the lack of information given about their working standards, and packaging. Therefore, I would highly encourage their team to consider giving clear-cut instructions on how to properly dispose of their product. Overall, I would recommend this product to people looking for sustainably-produced, vegan protein sources.
Manitoba Hemp Hearts are un-shelled, organic hemp seeds. As the fleshy part of hemp seeds, it is full of nutritional value. The seeds boast to have 10g of protein, omegas 3 & 6, and a variety of other essential vitamins. The complete nutrition label can be found here. The product is packaged in an unlabeled, re-sealable plastic bag.
The Manitoba brand and all its produces originate in Canada. The hemp hearts are made by shelling the hemp seed. To grow the hemp seeds, the company uses only non-GMO certified seeds in its farming practices. Then to guarantee this, the company demands potential and current farming partners to follow stringent guidelines to grow products that can pass over 30 different quality tests in their production facilities. Having stringent expectations appears to pay off because the company boasts multiple certifications. Specifically, the company is non-GMO verified, GRAS (an FDA certification for generally safe food), and BRCGS. To read more information about those standards, click here. Essentially what those certifications mean is that the brand has specific standards for its manufacturing process. Unfortunately, the company does not offer detailed information about its working conditions or packaging standards.
The Manitoba company was formed right after industrial hemp was legalized in Canada. The founding partner was a prominent activist throughout the process and did so by collaborating with local academics, farmers, and government officials to demonstrate the benefits of hemp. The company stands out from other manufacturers because of its genuine emphasis placed on sustainability. This is obvious because of the different certifications they have gained throughout the years. Specifically, they are a certified B- Corp business and are carbon neutral certified. Being a B-corp business means the company is not only focused on boosting profit but also the depth of their environmental and societal impact. By doing so, they’ve earned their carbon-neutral certification by committing to offset their greenhouse gases with wind power. Additionally, hemp is a carbon-sequestering plant, so during its farming, approximately 1.6 tons of CO2 are absorbed for every 1 ton of hemp grown.