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For your animals to enjoy too. (1)* Yup, you can feed as a snack or add to their food. Your feathered flock will love them. If you have laying hens, you will see a noticeable difference in the yolk color. We find the eggs tastier too. (Even our 6-yr-old grandson noticed the difference in taste & color!). The bonus is that the omega profile in the egg also improves for human consumption. (2) .

These seeds can be ground into a meal and added to your dog or cat's food too. If you make treats for your pets, add these to your recipe for added nutrition. The dogs that sampled our home-made treats that we added hemp seeds to LOVED them. Horses, pigs, cows - the possibilities are endless. (3) Folks, if you want to eat them - have at it. I simply prefer the ones with sea salt for my personal enjoyment. Check out our smaller 2.5LB bag of NO-SALT Whole Toasted Hemp Seeds if you are looking for a smaller size.

(1)* Although Hemp seed is not a defined ingredient in the AAFCO Official Publication. Hemp contains 9 out of 12 minerals required by AAFCO. These are calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc. Vitamins include E and B thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), and folic acid (B9).

Hemp contains highly digestible proteins including 12 out of the 13 essential amino acids required by AAFCO. These are phenylalanine, agrinine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, cysteine, methionine, tyrosine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.

(2) Effect of feeding hemp seed and hemp seed oil on laying hen performance and egg yolk fatty acid content: evidence of their safety and efficacy for laying hen diets.

Department of Animal Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada.

Forty-eight 19-wk-old Bovan White laying hens were fed 1 of 5 diets containing either hemp seed (HS) or hemp seed oil (HO). The level of HO was 4, 8, or 12%, whereas the level was 10 or 20% for the HS. A set of 8 birds fed wheat-, barley-, and corn oil-based diets served as the control. Performance was monitored over 12 wk. Average hen-day egg production was not affected upon feeding of either HS or HO diets. Egg weight was higher than that of the controls for hens consuming the 20% HS diet (P < 0.05). Feed intake was lower than that of the controls for birds consuming the 4% HO diet but similar across other treatments. Final BW were not affected by diet, with the exception of being lower than that of the controls (P < 0.05) in hens consuming the 12% HO diet. The total egg yolk n-3 fatty acid content increased linearly (P < 0.05) with increasing dietary α-linolenic acid provision with the HS- or HO-based diets. A quadratic response (P < 0.05) was observed for docosahexaenoic acid levels in egg yolk in response to increasing dietary α-linolenic acid supply. The expression of hepatic fatty acid desaturase 1 and 2, key genes for the desaturation of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, was significantly decreased (50-60% of controls; P < 0.05) as a result of feeding HS or HO diets. Based on the results from the current study, the inclusion of the hemp products HS or HO in the diets of laying hens up to a maximum level of 20 and 12%, respectively, does not adversely effect the performance of laying hens and leads to the enrichment of the n-3 fatty acid content of eggs.

(this information was copied from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22334746) and the study was conducted by Gakhar N1, Goldberg E, Jing M, Gibson R, House JD.

(3) The Center of Veterinary Medicine of FDA identify hemp seeds as being safe ingredient for pet foods as long as labeled. However the FDA claims there is no information on human food safety of food-producing animals eating hemp seeds. Food producing animals eating hemp seeds could result in "tissue residues" causing human food safety concerns. (Keep in mind, this is the same group that claims feeding GMO corn to animals is perfectly "safe" ).
The Animal Science and Human Nutritional Science Department of University of Manitoba have conducted various studies on animals consuming hemp seeds in their diet. Their studies have indicated there was no adverse effect on animals - so you decide.