Updated: Dec 17, 2019
Hemp enriches the soil it is grown in; Hemp has deep roots it can be grown in many different types of terrains. It holds the soil together, increasing its microbial content, and even after farmers harvest, the nutrient-filled stems and leaves they don't use back in the soil, which rejuvenates it and results in an even bigger yield the next year.
Scientists planted Hemp in places like Chernobyl and Japan, as it has shown it can eliminate toxins and radioactive material from the environment. Scientists found that hemp conducted phytoremediation and removed chemicals from the soil better than any other crop.
In 1941, Henry Ford displayed a car that was made from soybean and hemp plastics; the car was lighter than steel and withstood impact without denting.
Hemp's popular for home building because walls made from hemp are rot-free, pest-free, mold-free and fire-resistant; it can last up to 500 years. Hemp plastics are also completely biodegradable.
Hemp could be the future to end world hunger. Hemp is nutritionally dense at 2 tablespoons serving size is 111 calories, nearly 7g of protein, 10g of fat and can be made into flour, oil, and milk alternatives. Along with it being a crop that is sustainable in many different soils, fast-growing, and easy to maintain without pesticides, this makes it an ideal food source.
Hemp not only replaces some of the fuels and industrial sources that cause carbon emissions, but hemp can also eliminate carbon emissions altogether. Hemp has such a high carbon-dioxide uptake from the air and soil, that it creates a process called carbon sequestration. According to Hemp Inc., every ton of hemp eliminates 1.63 tons of carbon.
Hemp is cheap to produce and an ideal replacement for glass fiber and plastic because it is easier to mold and weighs less than most other materials. It is recyclable, biodegradable, and there is a consistent supply of quality hemp available already, as the U.S. has legalized in the farm bill this will allow the prices to go down.
Biodiesel, ‘hempoline’. This biofuel can be used to power engines, and safer to handle and transport because it is as biodegradable as sugar, 10 times less toxic than table salt, and has a high flashpoint of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel, which has a flashpoint of 125 F.
Hemp is a versatile crop, it can be used for industrial purposes, clothing, food, and paper, but new research suggests hemp batteries are even more powerful than lithium and graphene.