Seed genetics are emerging as a paramount first step in quality control (QC) efforts. Tim Gordon, director of International Hemp Solutions, walks us through the issues.

Todd Runestad, Content Director,

September 9, 2019

Hemp CBD success all starts with the seed – podcast

The hemp CBD business has many concerns about product quality that can be addressed at different points up and down the value chain. But as the saying goes, you cannot test in quality—you need to have good stuff from the very start. This is ground zero where seed genetics come into play. The mainstream use of hemp CBD itself is part of a changing health paradigm for consumers; industry's portion may be increasing the focus on quality and sourcing before a seed even hits the ground.

In this In this SupplySide West edition of the Healthy INSIDER Podcast, Todd Runestad, senior editor, sits down with Tim Gordon, director of International Hemp Solutions, to discuss:

  • Hemp genetics' three varietals, for grain, textiles and nutrition. 

  • The value of certified seed genetics to give farmers reassurances

  • Different genetic traits can grow for the same finished product but in different geographic conditions. 

To hear more about Gordon's insights into seed genetics, he will be moderating a panel discussion on the topic, from 11:00-11:30am, at the SupplySide West trade show, Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. 


About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director,, Natural Products Insider

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is content director for and Natural Products Insider digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for, Delicious Living!, and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still covers raw material innovations and ingredient science.

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Todd writes about nutrition science news such as this story on mitochondrial nutrients, innovative ingredients such as this story about 12 trendy new ingredient launches from SupplySide West 2023, and is a judge for the NEXTY awards honoring innovation, integrity and inspiration in natural products including his specialty — dietary supplements. He extensively covered the rise and rise and rise and fall of cannabis hemp CBD. He helps produce in-person events at SupplySide West and SupplySide East trade shows and conferences, including the wildly popular Ingredient Idol game show, as well as Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East and the NBJ Summit. He was a board member for the Hemp Industries Association.

Education / Past Lives

In previous lives Todd was on the other side of nature from natural products — natural history — as managing editor at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He's sojourned to Burning Man and Mount Everest. He graduated many moons ago from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.


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