Historical evidences support that hemp has contributed so much not just to people, but also to the environment in general. Its legalization, therefore, in the United States has reawakened its potential benefits, which prospered all throughout generations and different civilizations.
Based on the records, hemp has been one of the world’s oldest crops. Recoded also 10,000 years ago, this plant was used as a material to produce more essential things like paper, rope and other sort of textile. Many industries during the old ages have benefited much on the cultivation of this plant. Hemp was even known to produce plastics and other materials that are used for construction. Some would say that it is used also to make fuel.
However, apart from being a potential agricultural commodity, hemp has gained notoriety because it is also the raw material in making cannabidiol extracts are known as CBD, which are ingredients of the recreational drugs. Setting aside that issue, did you know that there are still many other benefits that hemp farming can do, which directly and positively affects the environment? Read on to learn more details about it.
Why Hemp Should Be Cultivated
There are many other plants that are very useful for the people and the Earth’s ecosystem. However, hemp is unique as it can be very sustainable compared to other plant species. It is made very competitive for its survival as it grows vigorously. Any competing plants in its growing space can never outgrow the hemp. It can even fight the pests that try to infest its growth.
Therefore, hemp farmers are very confident not to use pesticides anymore in farming the plant as it is a natural survivor.
Another thing is that it does not demand so much of other natural resources for its growing period. Unlike cottons, which has almost the same industrial advantage, this plant requires 50% more water than hemp, which is challenging for some regions. Opting to farm hemp means getting a little water just to make the plant grow.
Lastly, hemp is not also demanding a large area to grow and produce fibers. This means that a hectare of cottons will not produce much fiber than just almost a hectare of hemp. This is very advantaged for farming industry as lands are the most demanded natural source.
The Environmental Benefits of Hemp Farming
Interestingly, hemp can do more for the planet. According to many experimentations, it can replace other toxic materials that are causing so much damage to the environment.
Check the list below on how this plant can be of benefit to nature.
1. Hemp farming can help prevent deforestation.
The mass destruction of the forests is a serious case for environmental advocates. It is not just damaging the view because deforestation means eliminating wild and rare species of plants and animals. It is destroying the homes of millions of species and it is causing an imbalance in the chemical composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. It can be compared to a crippling ailment and this disease in causing detrimental effects to the health of the planet.
Hemp farming can be the best remedy to this deforestation problem. It is observed that the plant can produce the same wood products like a tree. As mentioned, it can be made as paper and can produce fiber for many purposes. Hemp can be processed in order to make building materials. A study supports the claim that this plant is a cost-effective option as this can produce more fiber and more paper than that of other trees for a span of shorter time.
2. There are hemp-based plastics in replacement of the toxic plastic materials.
Plastics are always the problem causing agents in the planet. Indeed, it is a product of the advancement of technology, but it has its backlash effects since it is non-degradable, killing animals in land and sea. Based on records, every year, tons and tons of plastics are deposited in the great oceans as these waters are used by irresponsible individuals as the dumping site of their garbage. More to that is the fact that plastics are actually contaminants of our land and water, affecting the fish farming industry and agricultural activities.
This huge problem cannot be solved overnight as these plastics demand 400 years to decompose. This means, the future generations will still carry the burden of what we are doing today. However, drastic positive changes can still take place with the use of HEMP FIBER. It is known that these materials can produce the same quality of other synthetic products, but this option is more environment-friendly. Plastic bottles and straws made of hemp have been produced, which is a great step towards elimination of toxic materials on the planet.
3. Hemp plants Can Product Construction Materials
Amazingly, this is indeed feasible and already happening in some parts of the United States.
There is what they called HEMPCRETE which is made from hemp shivs and lime, which is known to be an ideal replacement of concrete and drywall. The hemp “wood” can also be used for roofing and flooring. Its quality is promised to be high.
4. Hemp Farming Supports Production of Fabrics
Nowadays, fabric making is highly toxic. It also consumes so much energy and causes toxic emissions into the air. Meanwhile, organic hemp fibers have been recorded to produce textiles and fabrics, which can easily be removed from the plant. Moreover, these hemp fabrics have been tested and proven to be highly durable and can even be UV resistant.
5. Hemp Can help produce Biofuel
The process of producing petroleum is known to cause detrimental effects to the Earth’s atmosphere. In order to address such dilemma, hemp can be used to produce biodiesel and ethanol, which are very effective natural fuels to cause reduction of carbon emissions.
What Hemp Can Promise to United States
With all the evidences gathered, hemp promises a healthier environment for the people in the United States. Its legalization can heighten more its benefits as there are so much to explore from a plant, which has many potentials.
With proper control and information dissemination about this hemp plant, highlighting more of its advantages, its accessibility to the public will not be a threat, but special treats of the nature and for the people in general.