Can Hemp Save the Soil? One More Reason I LOVE Hemp!

Two things I want to share with you today are the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and the remarkable ability of hemp to clean up contaminated soil.

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was published in 1962. Carson was a marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She intensely loved nature and dedicated her life to preserving it. The book pretty much kicked up the environmental movement in the United States and led to the banning of DDT.

DDT is a super dangerous pesticide- that initially seemed like a miracle because it’s used to kill mosquitoes that carried malaria. But, DDT has some freaky side-effects. DDT stands for Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloro-ethane. The chemical is still found in soil, animals, fish, and humans- even though it’s outlawed in the U.S.. and most of the world. This is because DDT gets stored in tissue, can be transmitted from one organism to another (mother to child), and persists in the soil. It’s also a carcinogen and can cause blood disorders.

Rachel Carson was basically a fortune teller when she wrote her book, predicting so much of the environmental damage that we are living with today. DDT wasn’t the only pesticide that bothered her, there were others and herbicides too. She was on the cutting edge and recognized that too much human intervention in nature often has serious and deadly unintended consequences. If she was alive today I’m sure the controversy surrounding Round-up would be of no surprise to her and I’m also pretty sure she’d be on the hemp bandwagon, advocating for the growing of hemp. Why would I make such an assumption? Because hemp acts like a soil clean- up crew!

It’s a phytoremediator, meaning the plant itself absorbs and removes contaminants from the soil.

Phytoremediation is gaining popularity world-wide as a safe way to clean up dirty soil, and make it safe for growing food crops. Hemp was actually used outside of Chernobyl in the 1990’s to clean soil there. The science behind this process is incredibly fascinating. Hemp used for remediation obviously can’t be used for human consumption, but it can be used for bio- fuel!

I can’t say that Hemp is a miracle plant, but I can say that it’s (re)legalization in the U.S. is a huge step forward in raising nationwide sustainability awareness. If you’re interested in learning more about hemp or even trying CBD for yourself visit my Green Compass website. Yep, I’ve partnered with a hemp CBD company. It’s an organic, American grown and manufactured CBD oil producer. Frankly, I’m pretty darn excited about it!

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