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The Best Way To A Green Economy Environmental and

Economic Benefits of Hemp

 Hemp is the same species as marijuana, its scientific name is “cannabis sativa.” Both the U.N. and North American Free Trade Agreement recognize industrial hemp as distinct from marijuanna due to hemps next to nothing THC content. For thousands of years hemp was used to make dozens of commercial products like paper, rope, canvas, and textiles. In fact, the very word “canvas” is derived from a variety of european words that mean cannabis. 

Many years ago hemp and marijuana were unjustly banned together; however, they have recently been rediscovered as a species that bestows upon humans, plants, and animals, myriad benefits in the form of great environmental, economic, and commercial potential!! The US Department of Agriculture once published a report which found that one acre of hemp can produce 4 times more pulp for paper than one acre of trees![1] In todays economy it is truly unknown what potential could lie ahead as modern technology, practices, and the production of new varieties of industrial hemp could all positively affect this potential as well! Hemp can invigorate our planet in so many untold ways!

In fact, all types of paper products can be produced from hemp: newsprint,
computer paper, stationary, cardboard, envelopes, toilet paper, even tampons. FACT: IT IS UNLIKELY THAT ANY TREE OR PLANT SPECIES ON EARTH WILL EVER BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING AS MUCH PULP FOR PAPER PER ACRE AS HEMP! HEMP IS & WILL REMAIN NUMBER ONE! Paper production from hemp would eliminate the need to chop down BILLIONS of trees! MILLIONS of acres of forests and huge areas of wildlife habitat could be preserved!! Associates of the tree farming industry claim that more trees are planted each year than are cut down. However, I do not know how long that could last. I'm guessing they do not have infinite resources to buy up larger tracts of land for tree farming. It seems like eventually supply and demand would even out and the industry would plant only the amount of trees that it needs for a sustained supply of fiber. Further tree planting efforts would be attributable to individuals, environmental groups & governments.

 Hemp can be grown on most farmland throughout the U.S., but forests require large tracts of land available in few locations. MORE LAND COULD POTENTIALLY BE INCORPORATED INTO THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM!! or used to enrich human life as well. Substituting hemp for trees would save forests and wildlife habitats especially because some trees live to be so old that farming them for their full lifespan is impractical. Allowing trees to achieve their full life span and beyond can be important because there are many organisms that have a relationship only with mature, old, or even dead trees. Additionally, the boots, treads, and logs of all the people & equipment doing the tree farming or forestry also thoroughly trample many little organisms that live on the ground. Trees are also a major player in carbon sequestration and contribute to the water cycle by returning water vapor to the atmosphere.

    What the big wigs from the tree farm industry didn't tell me was that when trees are harvested and the land is re-seeded the topsoil becomes more directly exposed to the elements.

    Exposed topsoil erodes faster due to the physical disturbance of digging up the stumps and more direct contact with rainwater as well as the general lack of root systems holding it in place for years.
It is also more directly in contact with the suns energy due to the lack of insulating forest canopy. This causes the moist forest floor to abruptly dry out and the forest in general to experience more extreme temperature swings.

    With tree farms this soil exposure can last for years in the time it takes for even a small tree to grow. Trees must grow for somewhere between several years & thousands of years after planting before they can be harvested for commercial use! Within 3-4 months after it is planted, hemp grows 10 to 20 feet tall and it is ready for harvesting![2]  Hemps long, strong, quickly growing roots help percolate and hold the soil in place. They also contribute to nutrient recycling through the whole plant.[4] Additionally, any stalk or leaves help keep the soil from drying out while its bio-mass insulates the area.

    Reduction of topsoil erosion would also reduce pollution of lakes/rivers/streams. Fewer caustic and toxic chemicals are used to make paper from hemp than are used to make paper from trees. If this method were more widely implemented we would have

    Hemp can also be substituted for cotton to make textiles. Hemp fiber is MANY times stronger than cotton and can be used to make all types of hemp clothing. Cotton grows only in warm climates and requires an awful lot of water. Sometimes excessive use of irrigation to grow cotton has caused desertification! In many areas a consistent yield of cotton requires heavy reliance on irrigation methods.[3] 

   Hemp requires little water and grows in all 50 states!

   Even the major chain stores are beginning to sell hemp-derived products such as seeds, clothing, wallets, flags, paper, purses, rope, cheese, soap, ice cream, hemp milk, cosmetics, hemp oil etc. Do yourself a favor and try Tempts chocolate hemp milk for example. Chocolate hemp milk is packed with omega-3s and antioxidants which help combat inflammation and general body degeneration! Hemp is the stuff of life!

    Hemp naturally repels weed growth and hemp has few insect enemies. Few insect enemies and no weed problems means hemp requires NO HERBICIDES and FEW or NO PESTICIDES! Cotton requires enormous pesticide use. 50% of all pesticides used in the U.S. are used on cotton. Substituting hemp for cotton would drastically reduce pesticide usage! Hemp produces twice as much fiber per acre as cotton! An area of land only 25 miles by 25 miles square (the size of a typical U.S. county) planted with hemp can produce enough fiber in one year to make 100 MILLION pair of denim jeans! A wide variety of clothing made from 100% hemp (pants, denim jeans, jackets, shoes, dresses, shorts, hats) is now available. Building materials that substitute for wood can be made from hemp. These wood-like building materials are stronger than wood and can be manufactured cheaper than wood from trees. Using these hemp- derived building materials would reduce building costs and save even more trees!

    Hemp seeds are a source of nutritious high-protien oil that can be used for human and animal consumption. Hemp oil is NOT intoxicating. Extracting protein from hemp is less expensive than extracting protein from soybeans. Hemp protein can be processed and flavored in any way soybean protein can. Hemp oil can also be used to make highly nutritious tofu, butter, cheese, salad oils, and other foods.

    Hemp oil can also be used to produce paint, varnish, ink, lubricating oils, and plastic susbstitues. Because 50% of the weight of a mature hemp plant is seeds, hemp could become a significant source for these products. Most hemp-derived products are NONTOXIC, BIODEGRADABLE, and RENEWABLE! Unlike virtually all hemp substitutes, growing hemp requires very little effort and very few resources. Most substitutes for hemp (sisal, kenaf, sugar cane) grow in limited geographical areas and none have the paper/fiber potential of hemp. Hemp can be grown in all 50 states! Unlike many crops, hemp puts little strain on the soil and requires only moderate amounts of fertilizer. Less fertilizer use results in less runoff into waterways and groundwater; therefore, less water pollution.

    Hemp produces more biomass than any plant that can be grown in the U.S. This biomass can be converted to fuel in the form of clean-burning alcohol, or no-sulphur man-made coal. And get this, man made coal made from hemp can actually be carbon negative! Meaning it sequesters more carbon in the production process than it gives off. This is possible due to the fantastic hemp-crete building materials we can make with the leftovers! It is estimated that if hemp was widely grown in the U.S. for fuel/energy, it could supply 100% of all U.S. energy needs! There is no need for the draconian climate solutions promoted by silicon valley and the new world order! The earth supplies all we need; it is our responsibility to decide to use it wisely!

    Marijuana has dozens of proven medicinal uses. Marijuana is more effective, less toxic, and less expensive than alternative synthetic medicines currently used. A recent poll revealed that over 50% of U.S. physicians would prescribe marijuana to their patients if it was legally available. People who suffer from arthritis, AIDS, rheumatism, leukimia, multiple sclerosis, cancer, glauocoma, and other ailments can benefit from marijuana as medicine. But because of our insane marijuana laws, people in need of this medicine are denied it. Marijuana is classified by the U.S. government as a dangerous drug with no medicinal value, a classification that is absolutely ludicrous! Marijuana is widely accepted by the medical community as having numerous proven medicinal uses - it is NOT a dangerous drug.

    Hemp for rope, lubricating oil, shoe material, and other materials was in such short supply during World War II that the U.S. government temporarily re-legalized hemp so U.S. farmers could grow it for the war effort. Hemp helped us win World War II! Hemp was a common crop that was grown legally in the U.S. for commercial use until 1937. Hemp was NOT banned because it was a harmful drug. Hemp was banned because it was a competitive threat to the wood products industry and newly developed synthetic fibers that were patentable, and therefore more profitable than hemp. Corporations that profited from the demise of hemp propagated a smear campaign against hemp by claiming that marijuana use was a major drug problem (it was not) and that marijuana use caused people to become extremely violent - another falsehood. Unfortunately, these false claims went unchallenged and Congress outlawed hemp in 1937. Unfortunately, millions of Americans still believe the lies spread about marijuana/hemp.

    On the eve of marijuana prohibition in the U.S., two articles about hemp appeared in major U.S. magazines. They were:“The Most Profitable And Desireable Crop That Can Be Grown” From: Mechanical Engineering, February 26, 1937“New Billion Dollar Crop” From: Popular Mechanics, February 1938. These articles reveal that hemp was on the verge of becoming a super crop because of new hemp processing technologies that were recently developed. Unfortunately, the potential of hemp was never reaped because of marijuana prohibition.

    Hemp is legally grown for commercial use throughout much of Europe, India, China, Russia, & Ukraine. In 1994 the Canadian government approved one experimental hemp field - its first legal hemp crop in 40 years. In 1995, there will be 11 government-approved hemp fields in Canada! If the U.S. does not legalize hemp for commercial use, a significant economic and environmental opportunity will be lost; the benefits will be reaped only by our economic competitors. Literally millions of wild hemp plants grow throughout the entire Midwest today. Wild hemp, like hemp grown for commercial use, is USELESS as an intoxicant. It makes no sense to ban growing a plant that has enormous economic and environmental potential, grows naturally by the millions, and is impossible to exterminate. But yet, our draconian drug laws state that one acre of hemp grown on a person’s property can result in the owner being sentenced to DEATH! That’s correct, the DEATH PENALTY exists for growing one acre of nonintoxicating weeds! U.S. Presidents and founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, used hemp products, and were hemp advocates. Today’s political leaders—as well as the public that favors marijuana prohibition—would treat George Washington and Thomas Jefferson with disdain, brand them criminals, and throw them in prison!FACT: NO TREE OR PLANT SPECIES ON EARTH HAS THE COMMERCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL POTENTIAL OF HEMP. OVER 30,000 KNOWN PRODUCTS CAN BE PRODUCED FROM HEMP!“Make the most of the hemp seed, sow it everywhere.” - George Washington, first president of the U.S. and a strong hemp advocate.This document is in the public domain. Please copy and distribute.

Sources Cited:   [1] http://organicroots.nal.usda.gov/download/CAT87211703/PDF

                                        [2]  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

                                        [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton#cite_note-AF-19

                                        [4] http://scholarworks.csun.edu/bitstream/handle/10211.2/2738/CAgeographer2001_p1-14.pdf?sequence=1