Not only is Hemp an extremely versatile plant, it is also tremendously eco-friendly and has been dubbed the ‘Farmers Best Friend’.
Studies have shown that Hemp crops can renew the soil. Hemp absorbs CO2 while it grows through natural photosynthesis, making it carbon-negative from the get-go. Unlike other crops that deplete nutrients from the soil, Hemp revitalizes soil both by aerating the soil and depositing carbon dioxide back into it. This makes Hemp ideal for crop rotation, with shorter time frames between harvesting and replanting due to a decreased need to fallow fields.
Using a process called phyto-remediation, Hemp is being used at Chernobyl to harmlessly extract toxins and pollutants from the soil and groundwater.
Because of Hemps ability to replenish nutrients into the soil, it is growing in, it needs little to no added fertilizer which results in less toxic entering our groundwater and waterways. Hemp naturally repels weed growth and has very few insect enemies as well, meaning, Hemp crops can be grown using little to no herbicide or pesticides, thus resulting in cleaner, natural growing and again, less pollution affecting our freshwater biodiversity.
Hemp crops have shown to be very resilient within different climates and soil types, showing that it can be grown nearly anywhere. It also grows very tightly spaced (decreasing land use) and has a fast-growing rate (which leads to high yields). Within 4 months after being planted, Hemp can grow 10 to 20 feet tall and be ready for harvesting!
And finally, Hemp crops require almost 50% less water than cotton making Hemp the fore-runner as a sustainable and economic fibre alternative.
“Make the most of the hemp seed, sow it everywhere.” – George Washington, first president of the U.S. and hemp advocate.