As regenerative agriculture practices become more mainstream, the desire to grow hemp in the United States intensifies. Hemp is an extremely versatile crop that is also gentle on the environment which explains why there has been such a big push to legalize its cultivation in the states again. Momentum is building thanks to players from all industries: farmers, food manufacturers, legislation as well as the customers. Understanding the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 is made easy with this overview of hemp history in America.
what are the major details of the bill?
The recent efforts in favor of reforming policies surrounding hemp cultivation have been led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. His proposed Hemp Farming Act of 2018 works to debunk the psychoactive properties of hemp so that it can be considered a safe and legal crop in the United States. The bill was introduced to the House of Representative in April 2017 and since it’s official mentioning, it has gained endorsements from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, NASDA, the National Farmers Union as well as other key players.
why should i care?
Understanding the impact that agricultural hemp farming could have on the American economy and environment is essential to understanding the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. Hemp cultivation forecasts significant economic growth across multiple industries since the plant can be used in its entirety: hempseeds can be eaten whole, reduced to oils or milled and ground for cooking purposes while it’s fiber and stalk can be used to help power the tech boom, from electric cars to personal device. The crop can also be turned into clothing material as well as bioplastics and other packaging products. With numerous ways to reap the benefits of the hemp plant, the fact that it also helps to minimize our carbon foot-print solidifies its potential role in making sustainability a reality.
how can i get involved?
The largest advocacy group for hemp has been the Hemp History Week campaign. This grassroots movement serves as a great resource that helps keep the public informed and involved in the effort. Visit their website for more information about hemp related events as well as to develop a richer understanding and appreciation of hemp.
As an individual, you can also support the cause by consciously choosing to support brands that are deeply involved in the movement. Much like American history, Nutiva’s founding is deeply rooted in hemp. In 1999, our founder John Roulac started Nutiva by selling Hemp Bars out of the back of his car. Since then Nutiva has adored this utility super-crop and we are proud to say that we are the first organic brand to sell US-grown hempseed.
Do you share our passion for hemp? Let us know how you plan to celebrate and advocate for one of our favorite superfoods in the comment section!