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Water and Soil Purification

Hemp can be used as a “mop crop” to clear impurities out of wastewater, such as sewage effluent, excessive phosphorus from chicken litter, or other unwanted substances or chemicals. Hemp is being used to clean contaminants at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site. This is known as phytoremediation – the process of cleaning radiation as well as a variety of other toxins from the soil, water, and air.

Weed Control

The hemp crop grows dense and vigorously. Sunlight cannot penetrate the plants to reach the ground, and this means the crop is normally free of weeds. Its deep roots use ground water and reduce its salinity, erosion of topsoil is limited, thereby reducing water pollution.

Soil Improvement

The roots give nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil. After the harvest, this soil makes excellent compost amendments for other plants, and hemp cultivation can follow the rotation of agriculture with wheat or soybean. In fact, the same soil can be used to grow hemp for many years, without losing its high quality. The hemp plant absorbs toxic metals emitted by nuclear plants into the soil, such as copper, cadmium, lead and mercury.

The Carbon Cycle

One cycle unique to our planet, and integral to making life possible, is the carbon cycle. Carbon is arguably the most important building block of life. Carbon chains make up the wood fibres of trees, the foods we refer to as ‘carbohydrates’ and the oil which is pumped from underground and used on a colossal scale everyday.

Global warming is intimately linked with the carbon cycle. Normally there is a balance between the carbon ‘locked’ in plants and trees, carbon ‘locked’ in fossil fuels underground, carbon absorbed in the ocean and carbon in the air, (CO2). The environmental changes attributed to global warming are the result of humans altering the balance of carbon on the planet.

The only way to take carbon dioxide out of the air for good is through tree and plant growth.

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