The environmental benefits that are associated with hemp come from the growing attributes of the plant. Industrial hemp is virtually drought resistant, has the ability to grow in various types of conditions, and no herbicides or pesticides are required. Without the need for irrigation, and pesticides or fertilizers, hemp’s impact is very minimal.
This machine separates the protein-rich leaves form the fiber-rich stems in one pass. The leaves go to be processed and dried and can be used as supplementary cattle feed. The stems are left on the ground and after a process of rotting, the stems are baled and processed and can be used in the textile industry or for composite materials in the car industry.
This 1942 film documentary was made to encourage farmers to grow hemp during World War 2 because other industrial fibers, often imported from overseas, were in short supply. The film shows a history of hemp and hemp products, how hemp is grown, and how hemp is processed into rope, cloth, cordage, and other products.
Produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
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