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Industrial Hemp – A Sustainable Alternative to Problematic Raw Materials

Industrial Hemp Uses - Body care, clothing, industrial materials, green building products, bio-fuels and so much more:

hemp manufacturing 150x150 Industrial Hemp   A Sustainable Alternative to Problematic Raw Materials Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive varieties of the Cannabis plant grown for fiber and seed. Hemp has a remarkable number of beneficial uses, and we support its use in agriculture, manufacturing and trade. Hemp oil improves soaps because it contains a high proportion of poly-unsaturated fatty acids which make soap milder and less drying. Organic hemp protein powder is quickly becoming a favored nutritional supplement additive by premium formulations.

Many leading skin care and body care companies who are trendsetters in natural sustainable toxin free ingredients are committed to helping transition major industries away from polluting, unsustainable materials and methods to cleaner, sustainable ones. Hemp’s excellent fiber can replace virgin timber pulp in paper, glass fibers in construction and automotive composites, and pesticide-intensive cotton in textiles.hemp clothing 150x150 Industrial Hemp   A Sustainable Alternative to Problematic Raw Materials

Because of its huge market potential and high biomass/cellulose content, hemp is an ideal future crop for producing bio-ethanol and bio-plastics. The U.S. government however, alone among the major industrialized nations, effectively prohibits domestic hemp cultivation primarily due to the “reefer madness” campaigns of the 70s and resulting confusion regarding hemp’s psychoactive cousin, “marijuana” derived from a sister plant Cannabis Indica.

In 2001, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), under the Bush administration, attempted to destroy the U.S. hemp industry, issuing regulations purporting to interpret existing law to declare hemp illegal and seizing shipments of hemp seed and oil at the Canadian border.  The hemp industry’s protracted and ultimately successful litigation with the DEA, culminating in a clear victory on February 6, 2004 in the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, was backed principally by a handful of manufcaturing companies using hemp ingredients. David Bronner is one such executive and serves on the Vote Hemp board and was President of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA).

dr bronner 150x150 Industrial Hemp   A Sustainable Alternative to Problematic Raw Materials Whether you believe Jefferson, one of the USA’s founding father’s, was a huge supported of the hemp industry or not, it seems rather clear today that hemp is misunderstood and immaturely associated with illegal drug use due to decades of misguided government spending and propaganda. It is time to put hemp in its rightful place – as innocent as cotton yet as amazing as spirulina and other superfoods yet unique in its wide commercial applications.

Regardless of your view on medical marijuana use or recreational use of alcohol or pot, the cannabis and hemp plant varieties are truly under-utilized gifts of mother nature that should be a routine candidate for any agricultural crop rotation program as well as for many other economical, safe and useful  applications.

We encourage you to become a vocal supporter, and blogger, in favor of the sustainable use of all mother nature’s botanical investions.

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