Today marks the start of National Agriculture Week! The Agriculture Council of America founded the National Ag Day Program in 1973, aiming to educate the American public on agriculture's important role in many aspects of today's society while promoting environmentally-friendly charitable projects. National Agriculture Day falls on Wednesday, March 23rd this year, but the movement is now celebrated weeklong throughout the nation. In honor of the special occasion, the Colorado's Best Drinks team has compiled some crucial information for environmentally-conscious readers everywhere. Do the world a favor by exploring these six significant ways that increased hemp production can benefit our beloved planet.
According to recent research by the World Wildlife Foundation, the equivalent of forty-eight football fields are lost every minute to deforestation around the world. If this alarming rates continued unchecked, the world's rainforests will cease to exist within this century. Mass deforestation to this degree can rapidly devestate our ecosystems, ultimately causing catastrophic harm to human health worldwide. It's easy to feel removed from this issue as United States residents without directly witnessing the fall of rainforests in our own backyard. However, waste within our country contributes disproportionately to the issue. Less than five percent of the world's inhabitants live within the U.S., but our country uses more than a third of the world's paper products.
Thankfully, hemp can be effectively used as an alternative to wood in the creation of paper products. Hemp paper is shown to be more durable than alternatives made from wood. A single acre of hemp crops can be converted to the same amount of paper made from four acres of trees. Hemp can fully grown and be ready for use within a few short months of planting, unlike trees, which typically take years to mature. With these simple facts in mind, it's clear that fighting for a shift from deforestation to increased hemp cultivation could save thousands of trees each year, dramatically improving our ecosystems, air quality and the fate of our world itself.
Air pollution is a serious threat to our environment and to the health of humans throughout the world. China continues to top the charts as the leading international source of carbon dioxide, but the United States is close behind as the second largest global source of CO2 emissions. Ignoring the rising threat of air pollution will only cause the threat to multiply year after year. Thankfully, the growth of hemp is shown to improve air quality by breaking down common airborne pollutants. Carbon sequestration allows industrial hemp to capture excess carbon emissions from the atmosphere through the rapid uptake of carbon dioxide. Better yet, using hemp as a paper source lets manufacturers skip the step of chlorine bleaching, which further reduces the carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere (especially in conjunction with the thousands of trees spared when manufacturers switch to hemp paper products).
Tragically, 795 million people go undernourished every year. The global hunger epidemic unduly impacts developing nations - where thirty percent of people will experience malnutrition so severe that it will stunt their growth. With more than ninety-two percent of the world's children in these countries, this figure is especially haunting. We can't sit idly by and let starvation and malnutrition ravage millions of lives each day. Still, many well-meaning Americans may wonder - what can be done? How can we use our relative privledge to help those who have none of their own? Fighting for the increased use of hemp (both locally and abroad) is one solution that can alleviate world hunger's tremendous strain. Hemp seeds contain a higher concentration nutrients than most other existing food sources. Hemp seeds are a complete protein, providing the body with vitamins, amino acids and other essentials. Hemp can also be converted into food staples like flour and oil, along with countless material innovations.
Hemp can be grown for comparatively low costs compared to other crops, with more rapid maturation and usable material per plant than most alternative crops. Hemp is best suited for humid atmospheres with milder climate conditions, but the surprisingly strong crop is able to survive in an extensive range of climates. The hemp crop's impressive versatility increases its potential for local sourcing, making way for economic gains within communities with local hemp cultivation on every continent.
Hemp can be converted to renewable biofuel at an impressive efficiency rate of nearly ninety-seven percent. The non-toxic fuel source alternative requires less heat to burn, and smells much more pleasant than the exhaust of petroleum while doing so. Switching to a standard of hemp biodiesel would make an incredible impact on our nation's total fuel use, significantly lowering our collective carbon footprint in turn.
The next time you pass by an end-cap of cotton products at your nearby pharmacy, consider this: producing approximately 2.2 pounds of cotton requires more than five thousand gallons of water. Cotton is among the world's most water-dependent crops, and its widespread use is draining our world's freshwater resources at a starling rate. While water remains scarce enougn in some parts of the globe that it requires hours of travel to access, it feels frivolous at best to endorse massive waste when better alternatives are out there. Hemp is a viable alternative to cotton in most of its modern uses. In 2005, the Stockholm Environmental Institute found that 2.2 pounds of hemp can be produced with just 12% to 18% of the water required to make the same amount of cotton. In other words, our planet's precious freshwater can create five to eight times more hemp products than alternatives made from cotton.
Many of us are currently spending our days indoors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities - which may include working from home, homeschooling our children and spending more evenings in than usual. As such, there’s never been a better time to venture into the open air (at a safe distance from others) and do whatever we can to help our planet. Attend the Agriculture Council of America's virtual event on March 23rd, or try their recommended Ag Week activities any day of the year. While you're at it, why not crack open a BPA-free can of of our hemp-infused sparkling CBD beverages?
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