Reasons To Choose Hemp Clothing

By Joshua Gray

Great clothes make people feel better, but these days the choices we make can influence the whole planet for good or for bad. Many of those who choose cotton as a natural fiber, as well as one that makes comfortable, breathing, and durable garments, could choose hemp clothing instead. This simple switch could reduce the pesticide load on our environment exponentially.

Cotton is a major crop all over the globe, and it is also the one that takes the most pesticides to raise. It requires herbicides for weed control and to defoliate the plants before machine harvesting. It is also a 'hungry crop', requiring the heavy use of fertilizers, most of which are chemical unless the crop is organic.

Especially in the developing countries of India, Africa, and South America, the health of the workers who labor in agriculture matters little. Many of the pesticides used on cotton are among the most toxic known, with documented health risks. The World Health Organization is trying to raise awareness of this problem, but many poor laborers are illiterate. They also may have little choice of employment and may not be able to opt for a safer work environment.

In contrast, hemp is a crop that requires virtually no pesticides. In fact, the plant itself is bug repellent. This plant is in the same family as marijuana, but there is almost no hallucinogen component in its make-up. In a semi truckload, there is said to be about enough of the drug to make one joint. There has been great prejudice against this valuable seed, but the time has come to bring it into prominence.

Hemp is a pesticide in itself. It needs no other help to repel insects that might harm the crop. This means that farmers don't have to spray toxins on their fields, killing wildlife and beneficial insects as well as bad ones. They don't have to ride their tractors in clouds of toxic fumes, which make farming among the unhealthiest professions in the world. Think of the savings in money but also in health.

They can save on fertilizers, too. Nitrogen is produced by the hemp plant to enrich the soil without needing much outside help. This crop is often used as a rotation for fields that have been depleted by corn, cotton, or other 'hungry' plants.

Hempseed can grow where cotton won't since it is both frost and drought-resistant. It actually grows well in all 50 American states, which differ widely in climate and soil type. This miracle plant should be the main crop grown, since it gives so much and costs so little in terms of both money and harm to the environment. By looking for hemp products (and there are many), you can help promote this valuable crop.

This plant grows densely, so it is great weed control. It yields a healthy seed and oil, with balanced essential fatty acids. It can be used for fuel, non-petroleum plastics, paint, paper, and more. If we all look for hemp products, we can help explode the prejudice against this wonderful renewable resource.

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