Contrary to what most people think, hemp is actually a miracle plant that could benefit the overall environment in huge ways. When many people think about the hemp plant, the first thing that they think about is burned-out and stoned hippies. This could not be further from the truth, as the hemp plant doesn’t even produce THC, the cannabinoid responsible for getting people “high”.
Hemp Saves Trees
Mulched and processed hemp stalks can be used for many of the same things that wood is used for. Hemp can be converted into paper, durable building materials, and more. The more hemp that is used the less governments and private industries need to rely on cutting down forest tracts for resources. Widespread hemp farming could save millions of acres of trees annually around the world.
Less Environmental Waste
The paper and textile industries produce a tremendous amount of environmental toxins and waste. Using hemp to create paper and clothing has been conclusively proven to produce far less devasting environmental pollutants. Turning hemp into paper or fabric involves far fewer processes than what is involved in turning wood into paper or creating synthetic fabric such as polyester, nylon, and more.
Hemp is Resistant to Pesticides
Hemp is often referred to as a miracle plant because it is exceptionally resilient to pests and other plant-based diseases. In fact, the hemp plant is one of the most durable and resilient plants on the earth today. Hemp farms require far less environmentally destructive pesticides and herbicides than are needed to treat cotton crops and other food crops.
Hemp farms require a staggeringly low amount of resources to grow, thus making them a net-positive crop for biofuel production. Hemp is hearty, resilient to crop failures, and it grows incredibly fast. Using state of the art biofuel production systems, hemp can be turned into environmentally friendly fuel with little processing. Hemp-based biofuel could greatly reduce the need to rely on highly destructive fossil fuels.
Over the last decade, scientists have been able to turn hemp into biodegradable plastic. It is thought that over the coming decades that most plastic-like packing will be produced entirely by hemp by-products. This could reduce the overall level of plastic waste on the earth by a double-digit percentage.