Hemp is worth its weight in gold when it comes to nutritional value due to hemp foods’ rich content of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. One of the great things that Manitoba Harvest celebrates is hemp is not just good for your body; it is an ecological sustainable crop that is earth friendly. Growing it requires little if any pesticides. The fibers it produces are not only strong, durable and decay resistant but also extremely versatile and ecologically sustainable.
Read on to learn more about the sustainability of growing hemp and why it is so good for the earth:
- Hemp has been shown to be helpful in correcting soil deficiencies and restoring balance to land that has been polluted by heavy metals. The biomass in such cases is used as raw material for composites, pulp and paper and chemical industries.
- Hemp is a plant that creates high levels of shade due to its dense canopy which also inhibits the growth of weeds and reducing the need for herbicides.
- Hemp plants have the strongest and the longest fiber of all plants and it can be incorporated into any building material from fiberboard to concrete pipes to spray on insulation. Not only is the hemp fiber strong and versatile, it is biodegradable.
Until the late 1800’s, from 75% to 90% of all paper was made with hemp fiber. Returning to hemp, a renewable resource for making paper is a viable option and with this change comes a huge amount of potential for reducing the pressure of the paper industry on remaining natural forests.
Hemp crops create a dense foliage canopy which helps to soak up carbon from the atmosphere reducing the carbon footprint and helping to mitigate the Greenhouse Effect. Every ton of hemp cellulose grown and used removes 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Today hemp is not only a highly nutritious food but is also proving to be an invaluable, biodegradable, renewable and sustainable material in the manufacture of products from food to paper and textiles to building materials. Imagine a plant that provides us with so much in the way of useful products and materials needed for building and manufacturing. All of this as well as the potential to decrease deforestation rebuild and rebalance the soil and clean the atmosphere to reduce the carbon footprint!
Nutritionist Julie Daniluk hosts The Healthy Gourmet on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her first book, Meals that Heal Inflammation, advises on allergy-free foods that both taste great and assist the body in the healing process. Check out more amazing recipes, nutrition tips and her Anti-Inflammatory Quick Start Program at www.juliedaniluk.com. Check out Julie on Facebook at Julie Daniluk Nutrition and on Twitter @juliedaniluk