The Benefits of Hemp: How Hemp Can Help Combat Deforestation and Climate Change

Hemp plants produce a lot of oxygen due to the abundance of leaves and rapid growth. This is one of the many benefits that hemp crops can provide to help combat forest deforestation and the waste of paper products. The government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp and that there would be no need to cut down more trees. Hemp is high in cellulose, which is one of the main ingredients in paper, and can have up to 85% cellulose content, while trees are composed of only 30%.

Hemp fibers are extremely strong and durable, as well as resistant to fire and mildew. Hemp paper does not deteriorate, yellow or crack and is environmentally friendly, since it is biodegradable, which in return can also help stop deforestation and climate change. Everything that trees produce today, hemp can be made faster, stronger, lighter and more environmentally friendly at a cheaper cost. Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 to try to end Britain's main supply of Russian hemp, but by the end of the year the Russian winter had decimated most of Napoleon's forces.

Trees are vital to the Earth, as they are known to be the “lungs” of the Earth: they play a major role in eliminating carbon dioxide and returning oxygen to the environment. Hemp crops have many advantages that can help change the world for the better. Not only do they produce more oxygen than trees, but they can also be used to make paper products faster, stronger, lighter and more environmentally friendly at a cheaper cost. This can help reduce deforestation and climate change while providing a sustainable source of paper products.

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