INTERVIEW: Barbara Galletti is co-founder and CEO of Pronatura Ltda., and co-creator of Nutranabis, the primary Chilean model solely devoted to the re-introduction and commercialization of natural hemp merchandise in Chile. Galletti’s work has been essential in opening Chile’s hemp market by regularizing the method for import and gross sales of hemp merchandise. Galletti will probably be a speaker on the Latin American and Caribbean Hemp Summit, Montevideo, Uruguay Nov 8-9, 2019.
Barbara Galletti: It has not been straightforward. There was no hemp market within the nation. Our firm additionally needed to cope with a variety of misinformed authorities who didn’t understood the aim of our enterprise. It took our firm greater than two years and the work of a authorized crew to efficiently open the way in which for the import and commercialization of hemp merchandise to Chile. Since then the nationwide hemp meals market is steadily growing. The time is excellent for funding alternatives that enhance the market to the following degree.
Chile was one of many main hemp producers worldwide earlier than the worldwide ban on cannabis. We’re thrilled to have created the primary Chilean model solely oriented to dietary hemp merchandise within the nation. Hemp is again in Chile and it’s right here to remain and to develop.
HT: When it comes to reaching the buyer market, what are your objectives?
BG: Our firm desires to supply the general public all of the dietary and well being advantages of this unbelievable superfood. Nutranabis sells hulled hemp nuts, protein powder and flour in numerous codecs. We provide eating places, caterers and different meals firms in addition to an growing variety of well being shops. We’re additionally creating a line of manufactured meals merchandise and we’re searching for to increase our market to incorporate full spectrum CBD and cosmetics. We sit up for working in partnership with different firms and traders to spice up native hemp farming, create a nationwide hemp affiliation, enhance worldwide commerce and reposition Chile as a significant hemp producer.
HT: What can hemp do to assist overcome poverty in Latin America?
BG: It appears troublesome to cut back the extent of poverty in our area with one enterprise alone. Nonetheless, the hemp trade has the potential to play a significant half to beat this case. The natural hemp trade is in step with sustainable enterprise rules, offering financial, social and environmental advantages. Corporations all over the world ought to deal with making constructive adjustments to alleviate social and environmental challenges by together with sustainability, round economic system, natural, truthful commerce and different ideas to their enterprise.
These rules are important not solely to cut back poverty ranges but additionally to advertise social justice and a more healthy planet. The hemp trade suits completely on this new enterprise mannequin. Furthermore, the flexibility of hemp and technological developments will make important contributions to spice up economies. The hemp trade wants extra assist from traders and governmental establishments, in addition to hemp growth insurance policies to realize these objectives.
HT: How did you find yourself working within the hemp enterprise?
BG: After learning the market, searching for a enterprise alternative that may have a that means past financial earnings, hemp turned the right various. It’s a enterprise that’s not solely worthwhile however has unbelievable development potential.
It is usually sustainability oriented and might drastically contribute to fixing present social and environmental challenges. It’s a rising and sustainable trade nearly nonexistent in Chile only a few years in the past. So in 2014, my companion and I based Pronatura with the goal to reopen the hemp market in Chile, beginning with hemp meals merchandise.