Hemp Cleanup Polluted Sites!
As human global population increases so does the increase in demand for a landscapes to grow
crops to keep up with the rising demand. However, dependence on fossil fuels and industrial
processes has left a lot of land contaminated and too toxic to support life. That is where
“bioremediation” become of importance: the use of certain plants and other living organisms to
clean up the toxified soil, surface and groundwater. The process is sustainable and affordable
remedy compared to mechanical and chemical processes. The reliance of plant only to reclaim
these polluted sites is known as “phytoremediation” and industrial hemp can literally remove
toxins from the soil.
We can’t resist but fall in love with the many uses and sustainable products that hemp gift us, not
only do we get textile fabric, food, skin care products, animal feeds but also help to cure our
planet-earth. Hemp is no longer illegal and we are much pleased with polies changing, gifting
back the mankind first crop ever cultivated.
Hemp is a perfect option for phytoremediation due to is short life cycle to fully growth, deep
roots and it’s not affected by the toxins it collects from the polluted sites. Phytoremediation
hemp can used to remove radioactive elements from soil and water for example, cadmium one of
major pollutants in soil. It can also be used to clean up pesticides, crude oil, metals, solvents,
hydrocarbon and explosives.
With thousands of contaminated sites, hemp proves to be efficient and eco-friendly way to clean
up our predicaments and as it clean up the soil, it also help carbon sequestration to reduce the air
carbonation. When phytoremediation hemp is grown, it should not be used for food or medicines
as it will soak up the toxins in the ground. Gladly it can be used safely by being distilled into
biodiesel and ethanol for use as a biofuel.
These contaminants are removed completely once the hemp crop is harvested. By growing hemp
to trapping these large amount of contaminants from soil researchers believe we can use the plant
as a byproduct and source biofuels instead of using fossil fuels.
Hemp is the solution to giving back what we took from the ecosystem: the nourished clean air,
clean water and clean soil.