Uses of Hemp – U.S. federal restrictions hinder hemp revival

Scott Sparks, owner of a new hemp business in Vermont talks about the many Uses of Hemp and the challenges of working in the hemp industry in the U.S.

Sparks experienced several difficulties when starting his hemp-based shop in Brattleboro, Vermont, from finding a shop location to obtaining insurance.  There is still a lot of impediment in the hemp industry, due to the plants close resemblance to marijuana.

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Although hemp is growing in popularity throughout the U.S., there are still strict regulations at the federal level. The 2014 farm bill has permitted pilot programs for research purposes, but the federal laws continue to impede the hemp industry revival.

However, Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s motion to remove all federal restrictions, could give the hemp industry the green light many have been waiting for.

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Uses of Hemp – Growing hemp could save arid areas threatened by desertification

When we think of the Uses of Hemp, we usually think about clothing, textiles, paper, and building materials, but there’s one invaluable task that hemp can be used for – saving forests.

Kenya suffers from rampant deforestation, due to its logging industry and unabated climate change. As a result, Kenya has been experiencing numerous environmental catastrophes, such as landslides and drought.

To remedy this environmental crisis, the long-term solution is to plant trees, but it takes at least a decade for the benefits of reforestation to be felt. So what can be done in the interim?

The answer is simple. Plant hemp. Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa L. plant, but it doesn’t contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), to give the psychoactive effect like its cousin, marijuana.

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Hemp has thousands of other uses, and it’s easy and fast to grow. It takes only 5-7 months for a hemp crop to be ready for harvest. It doesn’t need pesticides or herbicides and it can grow anywhere.

Most importantly for Kenya, it can be used as firewood, and is actually more usable than wood.

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Uses of Hemp – Hawaii leaders are hindering a potentially thriving hemp industry

Hawaii could be cashing in on the various Uses of Hemp but those in political power are stalling the process.

Back in 2016, lawmakers made industrial hemp farming legal in the state, and last year a bill to reduce regulations for hemp was passed in the state legislature. But authorities are hindering progress and it’s hurting the farmers.

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While Hawaii leaders are held back by their trepidations, farmers are missing out on this newfound crop that can help salvage losses from the diminishing sugarcane industry.

Rather than reaping the benefits of this diverse crop with its many uses, Hawaii leaders are leaving it to the other states to embrace the golden opportunities that industrial hemp has to offer.

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Uses of Hemp – Missouri Senators making progress with industrial hemp bill

Missouri Senators, recognising the many Uses of Hemp and the value it can bring to the state, have taken steps forward to legalising the plant.

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The bill would establish a hemp pilot program for the purpose of researching the growing, processing and selling of industrial hemp. Farmers would work together with the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

The senators who are backing the bill, trust that it could greatly benefit the state’s economy. With the many use of hemp, such as lotions, oils, and clothes, there is a lot of industry potential.

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Uses of Hemp – Alaska lawmakers vote unanimously in favour of hemp

Alaska is the latest U.S. state to recognise the many Uses of Hemp and the economic potential of this wonder crop.

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In Fairbanks this week, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a bill to allow industrial hemp farming in the state.

Rep. Harriet Drummond stated that the many uses of hemp, from textiles and nutritional products, to paper and construction materials, can greatly benefit Alaska’s agriculture.

Senate Bill 6 also removes hemp from the list of controlled substances. Hemp is now classified as an agricultural product.

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Uses of Hemp – Pennsylvania responds to the promise and potential of industrial hemp with increased growing permits for 2018

From automotive parts to nutritional supplements, the Uses of Hemp are simply endless, and Pennsylvania is opening doors to allow their hemp industry to grow.

The Department of Agriculture announced that Pennsylvania will broaden the hemp program to allow almost 1,000 acres of hemp to be grown, compared to the 36 acres of 2017.

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Last year, the state allowed 14 industrial hemp research permits, but this year that number has already grown to 39.

The results of the hemp pilot programs have been successful thus far, and state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding appreciates the fact that the original growers will continue their work this year.   

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Uses of Hemp – Eco-friendly construction growing in popularity in Israel

Building economical and eco-friendly homes is one of the many Uses of Hemp, and it’s becoming more prominent in Israel, as interest grows for natural, sustainable building techniques.

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At a conference in Prague this spring, Israeli eco-builder Nitzan Iserovitch will present his knowledge of building houses with locally-sourced natural materials.

Iserovitch’s ‘Back to Earth Community’ organisation is paving the way to a wider interest for green solutions in building techniques.

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Uses of Hemp – Pollution inspires invention among students in northern Thailand

The list for Uses of Hemp is continuously growing, and in northern Thailand, a group of young students have invented a hemp surgical mask.

The invention, named “The Mask Sativa”, was inspired by the polluted area in which the school is situated.

The students experimented with cotton, lotus, and hemp fabrics, and hemp was proven to be superior in fibre quality and its ability to filter the air.

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In northern Thailand, the Hmong highland people have been cultivating hemp for many years, for use in their burial ceremonies. But these days hemp is being recognised for its industrial uses, and economic potential.

In Thailand, hemp is still classified as a Type 5 narcotic, but there is hope that this will change, as hemp research reveals the many uses of hemp and promises a bright future for the country.

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Uses of Hemp – Hemp house builder to attend sustainable housing competition in Calgary

Hempcrete, one of the many Uses of Hemp, is growing more and more popular, as people search for sustainable building materials.

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Dion Lefebvre is one of the first to build with hemp. He built his home with hempcrete, and plans to construct an additional building that he will submit to the sustainable housing competition in Calgary, Alberta, this summer.

Lefebvre’s house is also solar-powered, and its success has inspired him to be a part of the inaugural Grow Calgary Micro Home Design and Build competition, that will run throughout this coming summer, from June 1st to September 15th.

To complete the project, Lefebvre has formed a team of exceptional builders who specialise in natural building.

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Uses of Hemp – Australian seed breeder ready for hemp industry boom

From building materials to milk and ice cream, there are literally thousands of Uses of Hemp. It is possibly the most diverse crop on the planet, and it’s making a comeback worldwide.

Hemp breeder David Gillespie, of Bundaberg-based Agri Fibre Industries, (Australia), is leading the way for a burgeoning hemp industry in Australia, by breeding some of the first registered seed varieties.

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There is a growing, global demand for hemp foods, and hemp can grow almost year round. It grows from seed to harvest in just three months.

With the recent legalisation of hemp for human consumption in Australia and New Zealand, the two countries now have the opportunity to harvest a thriving hemp industry along with other countries such as China and Canada.

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