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March 8, 2012Posted by on
Deep Green is pleased to welcome the Luminaries to this years festival. They have just release this enlightening video produce by Elevate films.
The content below is taken from the material that accompanies the video, which is part of a edutainment video series sponsored by Nutiva.
Hemp is the most durable of natural fibers and is a very eco-friendly crop. It requires no pesticides and needs little water, yet it renews the soil with each growth cycle. It’s long roots prevent erosion and help retain topsoil. Hemp grows readily in most temperate regions.In many ways, hemp could be considered a miracle fiber. Consider the advantages:
- Strong: Clothing made of hemp fiber is lightweight, absorbant and, with three times the tensile strength of cotton, strong and long lasting.
- Weather Resistant: UV and mold-resistant, hemp is excellent for outdoor wear.
- Versatile: Hemp can be blended with other fibers for different qualities in the garment. Hemp/silk and hemp/cotton garments are now available.
- Cost-Effective: Hemp is less expensive to farm because of its minimal growth requirements.
- Easy on the Environment: Hemp farming uses very little water, does not require the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, and is a readily renewable resource.
The cellulose fiber from hemp is used to make many products, including
jeans, shirts, dresses, hats, bags, ropes and canvas, skin care
products, building materials, paper and many food products. Until the
1920’s, 80% of clothing was made from hemp textiles.
Hemp can be grown with little or no chemical fertilizers, herbicides
or pesticides. Nothing is wasted in the production process: seeds are
used to make oil and food supplements, while the stalks are used for
fiber. Hemp also produces more fiber per acre than trees, and can be
renewed two to three times per year!
China, the world’s leading producer of hemp fabric, uses chemical
methods for processing hemp, while producers in Europe have begun
using cleaner biologically-based enzyme technology. Neither method
produces fabric with the same whiteness and softness as cotton. As a
consequence, hemp clothing is often blended with cotton, which from an environmental perspective, consumes far more resources than hemp.
To address this concern, Hemptown Clothing and the Canadian Federal
Science Organization NRC have collaborated to patent an innovative
enzyme process that transforms industrial hemp into a soft, white
Canadian cotton product, called crailar.
Unfortunately, the politics of hemp has for over 60 years interfered
with the development of hemp-based textiles and many other useful hemp products. A campaign of misinformation, initiated early in the 20th century, stands in stark contrast to scientific evidence. The hemp
plant commercially grown for fiber has no significant value as a
Today, hemp is grown around the world. The plant is harvested all
throughout Europe, Russia, China and Canada. The best way to encourage the legalization of commercial hemp farming in the United States, which is getting closer every year, is by purchasing hemp-based
products. Supply will follow demand.
The value of this versatile, easy to grow, eco-friendly crop is
becoming more and more apparent. For example, Canadian hemp farmers make $80 per hectare while American grain farmers make $8. This represents a promising option for farmers whose current crops
experience reduced demand. Tobacco farmers take note!