Never mind Superman – why Hemp could save the planet

by Organikal on July 27, 2006

Martin recently asked me to remind him of the story of hemp, so here it is (with my information mainly sourced from Organic Life magazine):

Hemp used to be the largest agricultural crop in the world – up to the 16th century – and there are said to be around 25,000 applications for it. It is a plant with enormous environmental benefits, and could provide most of the world’s needs if oil production and deforestation were ever banned to save the planet!

The benefits are:

Hemp can be grown anywhere on Earth.
It requires no irrigation.
The 6ft roots can provide a mulch to revitalise the land.
Hemp is naturally resistant to insects, fungus and other pests (no herbicides or pesticides – yay!).
Hemp can be grown continuously on the same land with no detriment (European laws prevent this at present).
It matures in only 5 months.
It produces 4 times more pulp per acre than timber.
The paper produced can be recycled dozens more times than wood pulp.
Hemp is one of the most successful converters of CO2 to oxygen.
The hydrocarbons hemp produces can be processed into a huge range of biomass energy resources.
Hemp seed is incredibly nutritious – a source of essential fatty acids, including omega 3, 6 and 9 oils.

Buddha was said to eat one hemp seed a day on his 6 year fast to discipline himself before attaining enlightenment. The first printed book was made from hemp 600 years ago, and the Elizabethans were fined for not growing hemp.

All good things shouldn’t come to an end. Find out more today: visit www.hemp.co.uk for more info.

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