Hemp. Just the word conjures images of the Drug Enforcement Administration and political battles. But industrial hemp is a far cry from marijuana and contains almost zero THC. An ancient crop, hemp has served humanity since 2000 BCE -- providing fibers for cloth and rope, building materials and paper. It's also an incredible source of food. Even the American founding fathers recognized the brilliance of hemp and cultivated it actively on their own land. Hemp is remarkably versatile and Eco-friendly with many modern applications for fuel, automobile fabrication, toxic waste removal and concrete manufacturing.
A patriotic plant
George Washington declared, "Grow it everywhere, hemp is greatly viable for winning the war and sustaining a future fantastic for America." Washington along with Thomas Jefferson, appreciated the value of hemp as a 'cash crop' and encouraged its cultivation heartily. The colonists were urged to grow hemp due to its resilient nature and outstanding versatility. Interestingly, two of the most iconic symbols of the United States were made with hemp materials: The first American flag and the Declaration of Independence. During WWII, the government coaxed farmers to replace their crops with hemp by using the propaganda film Hemp for Victory and subsidies.
An important crop for economic prosperity and ecological health
Hemp is easy to grow in a variety of soils and conditions, drought tolerant and resists pests. As an added bonus, hemp does not strip the soil of vital nutrients but actually enriches it. Hemp has also been used successfully as a toxic waste 'sponge' for nuclear disasters and chemical spills.
Extraordinary survival food
In the words of Thomas Jefferson, "Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country." Intriguing that in our modern day of failed economies and environmental crisis, the cultivation of hemp remains illegal in the United States when it could easily and efficiently solve many of our troubles.
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