Craik biotech farm takes shape, countdown to fibre production

Oct 12, 2005, 01:00 ET from Hemptown Clothing Inc.

    CRAIK, SK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Signage has been installed
 and the countdown is on at a Craik farm where an exciting biotech breakthrough
 means the farmland will produce a new, low cost and environmentally sensitive
 hemp fabric called Crailar(TM). As soon as 2006, a partnership between
 Vancouver based Hemptown Clothing and the National Research Council (NRC)
 could yield Canadian grown industrial hemp as an alternative to the
 $25 billion cotton industry.
     "We are so proud to be working with the people of Craik and the NRC on a
 project that will fundamentally change Canada's position in the world of
 apparel production. Worldwide cotton yield is worth more than $25 billion and
 none of that comes from Canada. Hemp will change everything! " said Hemptown
 Clothing CEO Jerry Kroll.
     The new technology will produce millions of bales of organic, fluffy
 white fiber, projected to cost less than regular cotton, grown in areas of
 Canada which have never before had an economic stake in the billion dollar
 fabric industry. In addition to economic benefits, Crailar is highly
 environmentally sensitive, grown organically without the use of pesticides or
 the enormous fresh water irrigation required by conventional cotton.
     Craik Mayor Rod Haugerud: "The huge economic potential for this
 technology is just becoming apparent. This should become one of the largest
 cash crops for Canadian farmers and will have a dramatic economic impact on
 agricultural communities from coast to coast."
     Initial Crailar technology licensing and a production mill in Craik,
 Saskatchewan are planned for 2006-2007, with clothing products and raw fabric
 anticipated to start shipping to department stores in Spring 2007. More than
 2,500 hectares of hemp were grown in Canada last year, according to the
 Saskatchewan Hemp Association.
     Hemptown Clothing Inc. (NASD OTCBB: HPTWF), was founded in 1995 in
 response to growing demand for environmentally friendly, socially responsible
 clothing. The company supplies wholesale imprinted promotion-wear distributors
 and private label customers throughout North America through offices in
 Vancouver B.C., Shanghai, China and Blaine, Washington.
     In its ten year history, the company has shipped more than 500,000
 garments, reducing chemical use by 86,634 pounds and saving 452,232,264
 gallons of fresh water. Hemptown respects the human rights of employees, the
 environmental impact of the company's operations and fiscal responsibility to
 its shareholders. The company established a corporate office in Shanghai to
 monitor the quality of the garments it produces and to inspect monthly the
 working conditions in the facilities they are produced in.
     For more details about the company and its products, please visit
     For further information contact:
     Jerry Kroll, Hemptown Clothing Inc., 604-255-5005 /
     This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of
 Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Exchange Act of
 1934 and the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995 and is subject to safe harbor created by these sections. Actual results
 may differ materially due to a number of risks, including, but not limited to,
 technological and operational challenges, needs for additional capital,
 changes in consumer preferences, risks associated with: market acceptance and
 technological changes; dependence on manufacturing and material supplies
 providers; international operations; and competition.

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