So, what is hemp?
Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant. Hemp is a weed and grows very quickly and in very diverse soil conditions. Cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes has been undertaken for over 15,000 years. Industrial hemp was the primary fiber used to manufacture rope, canvas, paper, and clothing until alternative textiles for these purposes were discovered. Now hemp oils, hemp plastics, hemp building materials and many hemp fiber products can be seen on the market. Hemp is truly an amazing plant with the potential to help “green up” many industries.
Hemp is an interesting plant that can help save the planet but is not the only thing needed. It is just a very profitable crop for farmers and would be a stepping stone for getting the economy jump started again. Industrial hemp does this because of some simple facts, hemp needs to be processed near where it is grown and thus creates local jobs. The manufacturing, food and fuel production would also be located locally and create a whole new sector in our economy. In short, it is a win-win crop for every country that grows industrial hemp!