Plant more hemp trees

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION -

THE ED­I­TOR, Madam:

I READ with in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle of Oc­to­ber 7, ‘No­randa Baux­ite plants 2020 trees on Na­tional Tree Plant­ing Day’, as well as your very good edi­to­rial of Oc­to­ber

10.

Has any­one given any con­sid­er­a­tion to plant­ing hemp? Some of the ben­e­fits are:

1. Growth time: four months.

2. Hemp can grow just about any­where, needs lit­tle water, there­fore, is drought-re­sis­tant, does not need her­bi­cides or pes­ti­cides.

3. Ev­ery ton of hemp re­moves 1.63 tons of car­bon diox­ide (the cur­rent vil­lain in cli­mate change) from the at­mos­phere. That’s four times as much as trees.

4. One acre of hemp can pro­duce the equiv­a­lent amount of pa­per as four acres of trees, there­fore, it helps against de­for­esta­tion.

5. Hemp pro­duces a ver­sa­tile tex­tile for cloth­ing and rope and can be used as a great biodegrad­able al­ter­na­tive to plas­tic.

6. Hemp is a good source of plant­based pro­tein and can be used in the pro­duc­tion of pet food and bed­ding.

The list of ben­e­fits goes on. What are we wait­ing for?

MAR­LENE FULFORD

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