There are numerous advantages to growing industrial hemp on a widespread scale. These advantages come from both the physical act of growing the plant, as well as utilizing the yield for business and consumer products. Let’s start off with how growing helps the environment.
The hemp plant is unique in that it grows in an incredible abundance. You can get over ten tons of hemp from only one acre of farmland, and since farmland is measured in the thousands of acres, you can imagine how much total hemp you can ultimately grow. When a plant is growing, it requires carbon dioxide to power photosynthesis; therefore, with a lot of plants, you take out a lot of carbon dioxide from the air. Growing large amounts of hemp will thus, over time, significantly affect CO2 levels and help fight global warming. Since climate change is one of the most dangerous issues we face in this time, this is certainly an important benefit.
When most plants grow, they deplete the soil of vital nutrients and leave it with less vitality for the next crop. Hemp actually revitalizes the soil it grows in, both by aerating the soil and through the deposit of carbon dioxide in to it. This makes hemp ideal for crop rotation, and the crop that follows in the soil hemp grew in will develop better than if hemp had not been used.
These have been just the benefits from growing the plant, but there are even more for applying it. When hemp is used in the production of paper, fuel, and plastic substitutes, the resulting products are much cleaner and greener. For example, tree made paper requires the use of many harmful chemicals, both for the production and as preservatives. Hemp paper does not need these chemicals, and hemp fuel burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel.
With all of these uses for hemp, it is terrible that it is suppressed in this society. America is one of the leading nations of the world, and because it denounces hemp, many other countries follow suit, although they do grow it to some extent. If hemp were fully utilized, we could save this world and ensure an everlasting, sustainable future, and that is surely something to fight for.