Why is hemp ‘Saving the World’? These are pretty impressive words with messages about saving the world while also supporting the environment. However, what does this all actually mean?
Here at Aloha Hemp, we like to keep things straightforward.
When it comes to hemp farming, there are so many incredible benefits to support our environment and our health. When people ask us how or why hemp is ‘saving the world’, we like to share some of these reasons below…
Why is Hemp ‘Saving the World’?
1. Hemp Breathes in Co2
Hemp is basically nature’s purifier. The plant rapidly captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and makes what we breathe (oxygen) much cleaner!
2. Hemp Regenerates the Soil
The stem and leaves of the hemp plant are jam-packed with nutrients. As the hemp plant matures and the seeds grow, leaf matter falls to the ground and decomposes replenishing the soil with goodness ready for the next crop.
3. Hemp Supports Sustainable Farming
An important part of sustainable farming is about rotating crops according to the season. This keeps soil nutrients up. Since hemp is an annual crop, which grows within just four months of being planted, it is ideal for rotation. In addition, this makes for a wonderful environmental benefit and why hemp is saving the world.
4. Hemp does NOT need Pesticides
Hemp doesn’t require any pesticides or herbicides to grow. Exposure to these nasty chemicals have been proven to cause environmental problems like water contamination and has also been linked to health issues like cancer.
5. Hemp Prevents Soil Erosion
The roots of the hemp plant grow strong and up to a whopping nine feet deep! These kinds of root networks can help to hold soil together and prevent erosion, which is one of the greatest problems facing farmers today. In some cases, the environmental benefit of hemp is that it has even restored soil that was already damaged. It’s the real deal.
6. Hemp Needs Little Water
Hemp has the miraculous ability to irrigate itself naturally, which means it requires very little water to grow. This sets hemp apart from other plant-based milk options like almond and other natural fibre plants like cotton.
7. Nothing Goes to Waste with Hemp
Did you know that hemp can be used to produce over 25,000 products?! That means that absolutely nothing goes to waste with this plant. In addition, once harvested the seed is used to produce healthy food products. The flowers are also used to make beauty products and the stalk for natural fibre.
8. Hemp Absorbs Toxic Metals
We’ve looked at how hemp can clear the air and replenish soil, but it can also eliminate harmful toxins by absorbing them. Hemp was used for a nuclear disaster at Chernobyl to remove radioactive Strontium and Cesium, and has even been considered for removing radiation from Fukushima.
9. Hemp Provides a Habitat for Wildlife
Hemp plants grow up to three feet tall, which makes them an excellent little hiding place for wildlife. In addition, when hemp flowers bloom, they’re good pollen source for bees.
10. Hemp can Help with Deforestation
Why hemp is ‘saving the world’ are words we should take seriously. Scientists across the world now believe within 100-years there will be no rainforest. However, with hemp, there is hope. While trees take years to mature, hemp can be grown in just four months. The plant could therefore replace trees as the source of raw material for paper, if needed.
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