HEMP IS AN AMAZING SUPER FOOD and is one of the most versatile industrial plants on earth. Thousands of years ago hemp was spun into usable fibre that had a myriad of uses. Hemp seeds are a nourishing and healthy food for humans and animals, while the fibre can be made into countless useful things – clothing, fabrics, ropes, paper, bio plastic, bio fuel, hempcrete (concrete), insulation and much more.
Hemp works as a toxin sequester for contaminated soil which is useful for farmers wanting to convert their land to organic, or as a “mop crop” in places like Chernobyl where hemp is planted to help undertake phytoremediation, the process of removing radioisotopes and other toxins from soil, water and air.
Growing hemp is good for the environment because it requires much less water compared to soy, corn, cotton, wheat and rice and the food yield is more nutritious. It is highly resistant to pests, weeds and diseases, so minimal chemicals are needed.
Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species, and therefore has become incorrectly tainted by its association with recreational cannabis or marijuana. The industrial hemp variety contains little to none of the psychoactive compound. In our recent post for Hemp Protein Cookies we used ground hemp seeds. Hemp is a complete plant based protein containing all the essential amino acids. It is also gluten free, low in sugar, high in fibre, contains B vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.