As our society continues to ride the never ending roller coaster of gaining and losing jobs, there is one industry on that rise that has potential to skyrocket the work force. The Hemp industry can reshape and rebuild our economy. Thousands of jobs can be created through farming Hemp and producing sustainable products.
Hemp can be processed into thousands of everyday products such as paper, plastic, textiles, and building materials. This would bring new jobs to the farming, engineering, factory, research, construction, transportation, and retail sectors.
The potential of hemp for paper production is enormous. According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, one acre of hemp can produce 4 times more paper than one acre of trees! All types of paper products can be produced from hemp: newsprint, computer paper, stationary, cardboard, envelopes, toilet paper and more!
Hemp can also be substituted for cotton to make textiles. Hemp fiber is 10 times stronger than cotton and can be used to make all types of clothing. Cotton grows only in warm climates and requires enormous amounts of water. Hemp requires little water and grows in all 50 states!
Building materials that substitute for wood can be made from hemp. These wood-like building materials are stronger than wood and can be manufactured cheaper than wood from trees. Using these hemp- derived building materials would reduce building costs and save even more trees!
Hemp seeds are a source of nutritious high-protien oil that can be used for human and animal consumption. Hemp oil is NOT intoxicating. Extracting protein from hemp is less expensive than extracting protein from soybeans. Hemp protein can be processed and flavored in any way soybean protein can. Hemp oil can also be used to make highly nutritious tofu, butter, cheese, salad oils, and other foods. Hemp oil can also be used to produce paint, varnish, ink, lubricating oils, and plastic substitutes. Because 50% of the weight of a mature hemp plant is seeds, hemp could become a significant source for these products.
Hemp cultivation has the power to give back to our people and Mother Nature. It has the power to create a sustainable life and return our planet back to its natural cycle (or as close to it as it can get). With all the new laws that have passed this past election Hemp really can bring more jobs to America and create steady, reliable incomes as well as do good things for the environment.