As a modern-day hippie, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Hemp History Week. The first thing people think of when they hear the word “hemp”, is the recreational drug marijuana. Whole Foods is debunking this popular misunderstanding, and summarizing some of the other benefits of this earthy plant. For more information, check out Hemp History Week’s official website. Educate yourself and support the growth of hemp in the United States! There is no reason why we need to have hemp imported from other countries because we are fully capable of growing it in the U.S..
Celebrate Hemp History Week
by Alexia Case, May 1st, 2011
The second annual Hemp History Week (May 2-8) is here and we couldn’t be more excited! I’m sure you’re waiting for the punch line but Hemp History Week actually has a pretty serious mission—educating the public, debunking myths and changing public policy—to support the industrial hemp industry. Here are some interesting facts from the Hemp History Week website:
- Hemp was a staple crop in the U.S. from the 1600s until the 1850s.
- Since 1937 American farmers have basically been banned from growing hemp. Hemp used in products sold in the U.S. is imported from other countries, such as Canada.
- Hemp fiber is one of the strongest natural fibers and hemp is often used to strengthen plastics, paper, textiles and even building materials.
- Hemp can be grown without any pesticides or agricultural chemicals and, if so, is a non-toxic source of fiber for clothing.
- As a food, hemp is loaded with digestible protein, omega essential fatty acids (EFAs) and naturally occurring minerals.
- Hemp is not marijuana. It has little to no measurable THC and has no drug value.