Every day, more people are discovering the benefits of including hemp in their daily lives. There are thousands of products that are made with hemp including health food, auto parts, body care products, clothing, and building materials.
- Thomas Jefferson once said, “Hemp is of the greatest importance to our nation.”
- The Declaration of Independence was drafted on paper made from hemp.
- Hemp is one of America’s heritage crops and at one point in time, farmers were required by law to grow hemp.
- During World War II farmers were highly encouraged, through the governments own “Hemp for Victory” campaign to grow hemp to be used in war efforts.
Just check out this industrial hemp infographic to see just how much hemp can help our world.
How is it possible that we have such a strong history in favor of hemp and we can legally eat hemp, wear clothes made from hemp, rub hemp into our skin from hemp lotions and body products and use it in our building materials…yet our farmers can’t grow it?
We can attribute that to a silly law put into effect back in the 1930’s that essentially lumped hemp into the same category as marijuana, even though hemp has absolutely no drug value. Now while the rest of the world continues to grow hemp and benefits from an agricultural advantage and of course economic, the U.S. can only watch from the sidelines.
Did you know hemp products generate over $450 MILLION dollars every year? However, because we have to import hemp, our American farmers are missing out on that revenue and instead the revenue is going to other countries. Plus…since it’s imported we consumers have to pay more out of our pocket for this highly nutritious food and insanely useful material. This just doesn’t seem smart now does it?
It’s Time to Grow!
June 2 – 8, 2014 is the 5th annual Hemp History Week and there will be events happening all over the country. Hemp History Week is a national grassroots education campaign and is an industry-wide initiative of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp. It is designed to drive support for hemp farming in the United States and it will bring with it awareness about the benefits of hemp and why we should be including it in our diets and using it in many thousands of products.
Get Involved in Hemp History Week
It is time for Federal policy on industrial hemp to reflect today’s reality and ensure a better tomorrow for America’s families and farmers, the economy and our planet.
Join the nation as we come together to spread the word about hemp! Throughout the week, it will feature over 1,000 events in cities and towns all over the country. To find an event in your area, check the Hemp History Week event calendar. You can also read more hemp history facts on our own history of hemp page. Keep an eye on our website throughout the week as we will be featuring awesome hemp facts and products all week long.
Don’t stop there. Take action and write or call your state senators and ask them to become a cosponsor of S. 359, Senator Wyden’s companion bill to H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.
Watch below to see the first hemp field harvested in the U.S. since the 50’s!