5 Ways to Value Hemp

March 18, 2010 – If you wanted to find one topic that effectively illustrated the disconnect between perception and reality, that topic might be hemp. Wrestler-turned-Governor Jesse Ventura sez:

“Industrial hemp http://everything.hemp.com is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful.”

Bodybuilder-turned-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger might agree:

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“Industrial hemp is an incredible resource,” explain the folks at Hemp.com. “Hemp is harvested for its fibers for hemp clothing and seeds for hemp oil. With a relatively short growth cycle of 100-120 days, it is an efficient and economical crop for farmers to grow.”

Unfortunately, not everyone agrees.

5 Ways to Value Hemp

1. Illegal

Despite industrial hemp’s proven, well-documented value, it cannot be commercially grown in the United States. Why, you ask? Well, it seems the powers-that-be can’t grasp the reality that there’s a difference between industrial hemp and marijuana. Activists are not letting this issue go up in smoke (sorry). Learn more about what you can do to get involved.

2. Super Fiber

HempOrganic.com explains:

“Hemp is the world’s strongest natural fiber. It has been used to make cloth and rope for over 10,000 years. Hemp was the first crop ever cultivated for textile production. Hemp cloth is stronger, longer lasting, more resistant to mildew, and cheaper to produce than cloth made of cotton. Hemp ropes are known for their strength and durability. The original Levi Strauss jeans were made from a hempen canvas. Even Old Glory was made from hemp fiber.”

3. Animal-Free Protein Source

“The edible part of hemp, found in the meat of its shelled seed, offers many nutritional rewards,” writes Leslie Billera. This includes higher protein levels than those found in nuts, other seeds, meats, dairy products, fish, and poultry.

4. A Way to Ride the Waves

Thanks to EcoFoil by OceanGreen, instead of polyurethane or polystyrene blanks (core) being used on their surfboards, explains Warren McLaren, “they use hollow balsa wood from FSC certified Nicaraguan forests. These handcrafted blanks are purchased under fair trade arrangements for the final shaping in Cornwall.” Fiberglass is eliminated from the mix through the application of an organically grown hemp cloth ‘skin” which has about 10% of the CO2 emissions associated with fiberglass.

5. Your Next Home?

Researchers at the University of Bath believe hemp “could be used to build carbon-neutral homes of the future to help combat climate change and boost the rural economy.” To which, the crew at Eco Worldly add: “Homes built from the hemp-lime material can reach carbon neutrality in large part due to the remarkable efficiency by which the fast growing hemp plant can store carbon as it grows.” Gives new meaning to the term grow house http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paa7THuq-Gs.

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