hemp & The Environment
hemp creates happy farmers and healthy soil
Hemp Benefits Farmers and Improves Soil Quality
Hemp already provides an impressive $300 per acre to growers in Canada. Growing hemp improves soil health, allowing farmers to grow food crops immediately after a hemp harvest. It It was even used at Chernobyl to harmlessly extract toxins and pollutants from nuclear waste from the soil and groundwater. Establishing healthy top soil is one of the most important and understated environmental challenges of our time.
Hemp provides a sustainable alternative to cotton, requiring half as much land and half as much water as cotton to thrive and can produce higher quality, more durable clothing.
Consumers are recognizing these benefits. Today, more industrial hemp is exported to the U.S. than to any other country and American consumers are purchasing over $450 million in hemp products annually.
Hemp Hits the Mark
Hemp & The Environment
The Many Environmental Benefits of Hemp
hemp & production
A More Sustainable Alternative
A 2009 study from the University of Connecticut's Biofuel Consortium found that hemp seed oil made a "viable and even attractive" feedstock for producing biodiesel. Hemp biodiesel proved to be highly efficient (97 percent of the hemp oil was converted to biodiesel) and could even be used at lower temperatures than other biodiesels.
Hemp fiber can be mixed with lime to create carbon-neutral building supplies, including insulation, pressboard, flooring and wall construction. Hempcrete is energy-efficient, non-toxic and resistant to mold, insects and fire. Moreover, it is easier to work with than concrete and just as strong.
Hemp can replace plastic in cars. "In 2008, the Lotus Eco Elise used hemp in its composite body panels and spoiler, and many car manufacturers have since switched to hemp composites for door panels, columns, seat backs, boot linings, floor consoles and instrument panels. Hemp composites are stronger, lighter and cheaper than fiber glass and carbon fiber -- plus, they're recyclable!" (Huffington Post)