If we were to say that your favorite Levis Jeans was once made from Hemp, you’d probably dismiss it as an interesting sounding heresy. But guess what, it’s actually true!
Equally intriguing is the fact that hemp farming is one of the oldest occupations on earth. The Columbia History of the World points out that the oldest remnant of the human industry is actually a fragment of hemp fabric.
Before share some more fascinating nuggets about Hemp Farming, let’s first understand what it actually is. Hemp refers to a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant species with relatively high CBD that ranges from 4-15 feet in height, found in the northern hemisphere.
This herbaceous plant has a thin stem. Farmers generally prefer to grow Hemp on a soil with a pH of 6 or higher with good nutrient and moisture retaining capacity.
As one of the fastest growing plants, it is renowned for its widespread industrial uses.
Four interesting facts about Hemp Farming
Refusing to grow Hemp was a breach of law
Refusing to grow hemp in America during the 17th and 18th centuries was actually a violation of law. G. M. Herdon, in his book ‘Hemp in Colonial Virginia’, said that anyone who refused to grow hemp in the state of Virginia was liable to be imprisoned between 1763 and 1769. As it turns out, our ancestors seem to have been aware of its glorious benefits, something that we would do well not to lose sight of as well.
Hemp is an enriching plant
The hemp plant, thanks to its deep and strong roots, can be grown in many types of terrains & soil, which makes it a little more special. It goes a long way in binding the soil together and rejuvenates its quality. Thus, it is hardly a surprise that Hemp Farming enriches the soil where it grows.
Hemp is that covered plant which is also hailed as the “Billion Dollar Crop” amongst Americans. The medicinal properties of hemp make it a wonderful, cost-effective drug. The hemp seed is known to contain oil that is rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and is also found in breast milk. Along with omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, it stands out as a healthier option than most other varieties of vegetable oil.
Car grown from the soil
In 1941, Henry Ford owned a car that was constructed using hemp, plastics and soybean. It was designed to run on Hemp gasoline and claimed to be 10 times stronger than steel. Big car giants like BMW, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes, and Volkswagen etc. include hemp in their cars these days.
With its ubiquitous and environmentally friendly usage, Hemp Farming is emerging as one of the most sought after farming approaches that is capturing the attention of media houses, pharmaceutical giants and of course, the government. One of our founding fathers Thomas Jefferson knew exactly what he was talking about when he famously said, “Hemp is of the first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country”.