For centuries, hemp has been used by dozens of different civilizations to produce fabrics and other goods. It has a fibrous material which can be transformed into a variety of different products. It also poses a much more sustainable alternative to cotton and other traditional crops.
Here are just a few ways that hemp’s versatility can be harnessed to create a more sustainable future for agribusiness:
Hemp as paper
Hemp won’t just save trees, but paper made from hemp is stronger and more durable. The hemp plant, like cotton, produces cellulose fibers that are much purer than fibers derived from wood. Many of the early documents printed on hemp paper hundreds, or even one thousand years ago, are still in existence…including the original Declaration of Independence.
Hemp to renew soil
When plants grow, most deplete the soil of some natural vital nutrients. Hemp revitalizes the soil it grows in, both by aerating the soil and through the deposit of carbon dioxide into it. This makes hemp ideal for crop rotation, and the crop that follows in the soil hemp grew in will develop better than if hemp had not been used.
Hemp as a fiber
Hemp is one of the strongest plant fibers. The venerable fiber is extremely resistant and rugged and has been used by sailors to hold ships and sails. In fact, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag from hemp. It can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land.
To aid in the cultivation and production of hemp, farmers need tools to help them successful grow it. By bringing cutting edge tech and data driven solutions to agriculture, Cedar Valley Labs is helping to make that a reality. Our team is devoted to developing technological advancements in hemp farming that will position this ancient crop at the forefront of modern, sustainable farming…where it belongs.