HEMP

By: Jenny, Jasmine & Rabia

INDUSTRY

The hemp plant’s benefits falls in both the agricultural industry and fabric/textile industry as well as for building materials.

BENEFIT TO CANADIAN SOCIETY

Hemp is a crop that can be grown for food or non-food purposes. Hemp has been a source of food and fibre for the past 10,000 years. Hemp fibres has been used to make clothing, rope and paper, the grain has been stewed and roasted for food and the oil from the gain has been used for cosmetic, lighting, paint and medical preparation. In the 1980 the government changed the law to allow the growing of hemp to happen. The government indicated that hemp is a potential source for new jobs in the agriculture and industrial industry. Ever since then Hemp has become an asset to the Canadian economy, some countries are not able to grow hemp due to the environment, as one of the main producer Canada is able to trade the products that are produce by hemp to other countries. Hemp has contributed over 100 million to the Canadian economy annually, and has opened up numerous jobs creating products that are used in everyday life.
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WHERE

Hemp is grown coast to coast in Canada. Many other countries also produce it such as Australia, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, France, Japan, Korea, India, etc. Because it is so low maintenance and can grow in most climates, many countries have began to produce it due to it’s wide range of benefits explained below

Environmental Sustainability

Hemp is proven to be environmentally friendly. It uses very little land, uses very few pesticides and no herbicides.This means that hemp requires very few resources and very little effort to grow. The less fertilizer used the less run-off to bodies of water. Hemp is even considered as a carbon negative raw material, which means it helps removes carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere. Products that are made from hemp are known to be non-toxic, biodegradable and reusable. Hemp that is grown for biomass fuel production can provide people with all of our gas, oil and coal energy that we depend on. This would result in ending our dependency on fossil fuel. While pulp for paper uses 4.1 acres of trees over 20 years, an acre of hemp will produce equivalent to that. Paper made from hemp is able to be recycled 7 or 8 times while paper made from wood pulp can only be recycled 3 times. If Canada uses hemp pulp paper, we are able to put a stop to deforestation and produce strong environmentally friendly paper for less that 3% of the price of wood pulp paper. This would also not affect the paper mills. This is not only good for the environment, but good for our economy as well

WHY IT'S PROFITABLE

Now that you know what hemp is, you’re probably asking, why hemp? Well this low maintenance and easy to grow plant has so many uses. In fact, it was illegal but the government recognized it’s usefulness to the economy so it was legalized. Firstly, this would help open up a whole new market of jobs to people in the agricultural industry. Many farmers prefer not to farm it because it is commonly known as “marijuana’s cousin” since it contains THC, but it only contains a maximum of 0.03%. Secondly, hemp farmers would benefit majorly from this because it does not require pesticides, it can help restore depleted soil, it is easy to grow because it is a strong plant (which results in less stress for farmers), and you can grow it on as little as 1 hectare. The problem with hemp now is that because fashion designers, such as Giorgi Armani are interested in it, many people are recognizing it’s benefits. Due to this, there is a massive deficit between the supply and demand. Hemp produces paper, textiles, food, building materials, cosmetics (hemp oil has amazing moisturizing and healing properties), and it can also help produce plastic which is tough and durable, contains no harmful chemicals, and it’s not bad for the environment since it’s biodegradable. This untapped market for hemp won’t last long, so invest before it’s too late. The return will be immense and because it has so many uses, if the economy does not need it for paper production, we could use it for building materials, and much more. The lack of supply in the hemp market and the excessive demand proves that this will yield profit. Make a couple bucks while investing in something eco-friendly. Who knows, maybe hemp is the face of a healthier Earth, the face of tomorrow