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Hemp History Week May 2nd-8th

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In honor of Hemp History Week, May 2-8, we have found some great facts and links to share about this sustainable and versatile crop. In case you may be put off by the relationship hemp has to marijuana, we encourage you to discover the truth about it and how it has really supported our economy and lives throughout history.

Here are some hemp facts:

• Over 20,000 modern day products can be made from hemp

• Hemp produces 4 times as much ethanol per acre as corn

• Plastics made from hemp are biodegradable

• Hemp is the #1 producer of biomass per acre in the world, up to 10 tons per acre in four months

• 1 acre of hemp produces as much cellulose fiber pulp as 4 acres of trees, 2 crops of hemp can be grown annually

• The USDA states “the waste product from making canvas, rope and linen from cannabis hemp bast fiber, this waste product, the hurd fiber, is more than 4 times more productive than trees for fiber production for paper and building materials.”

• Hemp seed is the most complete food source containing all 8 essential amino acids, the essential fatty acids, as well as fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals needed to sustain human life

• Hemp produces the strongest, most durable natural soft-fiber on Earth

• Most industrialized countries legally grow hemp

• The United States imports all the hemp used in American consumed products, an industry worth over $300 million in retail sales annually

• These same heirloom “ditchweed” seeds were once protected by armed military guards and considered a national treasure

• Hemp was used as legal tender in America from 1631 until the early 1800s, you could pay your taxes with hemp

• The first hemp laws in America were “must grow laws” and required colonists to grow hemp

• Until the 1800′s most of the textile and paper products were made from hemp

• Humans have been cultivating and using hemp industrially for around 10,000 years

• Relatively drought-resistant and it’s high protein seed has been relied upon several times through history during drought-induced famine

• Hemp stabilizes and enriches soil, and reduces weeds without chemical applications

 

For more history or to learn how to get involved go to http://www.hemphistoryweek.com

Mother Earth News has a great timeline on the history of hemp. http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-home-living/hemp-history-week-hemp-for-victory.aspx

I’m a big Ron Paul fan, so below is the link to something he shared about hemp from last years’ commemoration of it. http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-home-living/hemp-history-week-hemp-for-victory.aspx

For facts and quotes about the hemp, check out http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/hemp-history-week-may-2-8/

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