You can eat it, drink it, read it, tie it, wear it, drive it, live in it, and make money growing it, all while saving the soil and protecting the climate.
What is it?
Hemp. That’s right, hemp.How can a single plant possibly live up to all this hype? Glad you asked. Here’s just a sampling of what this incredible plant can do:
- Hemp fibers can be stronger than steel and are found in today’s BMW, Mercedes and Dodge door panels;
- Hemp plant by-products can be used as a biofuel and, with more research, could create sustainable energy independence in the US. According to a recent study, an acre of hemp can produce power equivalent to a thousand gallons of gasoline;
- With foot long, soil-restoring taproots that require half the water of a corn crop, hemp can be used as a successful rotational crop;
- Hemp-fed laying hens can pass on the plant’s impressive essential fatty acid profile (omega-3 and omega-6) into the eggs we eat; and,
- Hemp can be used as a construction material to build new homes that create a carbon-negative foot print.