Hemp vs. Everything
HEMP vs. COTTON
- On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton.
- Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long as cotton, and will not mildew.
- Cotton grows only in moderate climates and requires more water than hemp.
- Hemp is frost tolerant, requires only moderate amounts of water, and grows in all 50 states.
- Cotton requires large quantities of pesticides and herbicides.
- Hemp requires no pesticides, no herbicides, and only moderate amounts of fertilizer.
HEMP vs. TIMBER
- It takes years for trees to grow until they can be harvested for paper or wood, but hemp is ready for harvesting only 120 days after it is planted.
- Hemp puts down a taproot in 30 days which prevents topsoil erosion and limits the amount of water it requires which makes it a great crop for arid regions.
- On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much paper as 2 to 4 acres of trees.
- Hemp can be used to produce everything from tissue paper to cardboard.
- Global demand for paper will double within 25 years.
- Hemp is the world's most promising source of tree-free paper.
- The quality of hemp paper is superior to tree-based paper.
- Hemp paper will last hundreds of years without degrading,
- Hemp paper can be recycled many more times than tree-based paper, and requires less toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process than does paper made from trees.
- Hemp can be used to produce fiberboard that is stronger than wood, lighter than wood, and fire retardant.
- Harvesting hemp rather than trees would also eliminate erosion due to logging, thereby reducing topsoil loss and water pollution caused by soil runoff.
- Hemp can grow on most land suitable for farming, but forests and tree farms require large tracts of land available in few locations.
HEMP vs. PETROLEUM
- Hemp can be used to produce strong, durable and environmentally-friendly plastic substitutes.
- Thousands of products made from petroleum-based plastics can be produced from hemp-based composites.
- Mercedes Benz of Germany has recently begun manufacturing automobile bodies and dashboards made from hemp.
HEMP vs. FOOD INDUSTRY
- Hemp seeds contain a protein that is more nutritious and more economical to produce than soybean protein.
- Hemp seeds are not intoxicating. Hemp seed protein can be used to produce virtually any product made from soybean: tofu, veggie burgers, butter, cheese, salad oils, ice cream, milk, etc.
- Hemp seed can also be ground into a nutritious flour that can be used to produce baked goods such as pasta, cookies, and breads.
- Hemp seed oil can be used to produce non-toxic diesel fuel, paint, varnish, detergent, ink and lubricating oil.
HEMP vs. FOSSIL FUELS
- Hemp can be converted into clean-burning ethanol fuel.
- Hemp produces more biomass than any plant species (including corn) that can be grown in a wide range of climates and locations.