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The day is not far when hemp will be cultivated on a large scale for industrial purpose in India. Hemp-based products will replace the oil and petroleum-based products like plastic, nylon, polyester, PVC, cellophane, fibre-glass resins and other everyday products which are non-biodegradable. Hemp can also be used to make plastic and many car manufacturers are using hemp as raw material for making interior panels. Hemp textiles are biodegradable to such an extent that they can be used to make paper once it is discarded.

Nationalism, expressed in its truest spirit, expressed by people who buy goods produced within their own countries, will go a long way in saving the environment. The closer the end products are sold to the origin of their manufacture, the lesser the transport fuel used. Thus hemp also helps support bioregional economics by maintaining jobs and cash flow locally.

Hemp grows well without the use of any pesticide or herbicides thereby making it more environmentally sustainable than other fibre or oilseed crops. Hemp plants grows so tightly together, leaving no space for any weed, doing away the need for herbicides. For hemp plants, pests are not really a problem, saving the fuel used in the tractor used to spray pesticides.

As the leaves fall from the hemp plant, a large percentage of the nutrients that hemp uses for growth are returned to the soil itself. Hence it maintains an organic crop rotation where soil fertility is maintained.

The main competition for hemp from the non-oil category are cotton (used for making paper and textiles), flax (fibre and oil) and evening primrose (oil). All of these generally require large amounts by means of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals.

When compared to timber, hemp can produce 4 ½ times more paper per acre.

Good for cultivation: Hemp has a deep taproot, which penetrates the soil, aerating the soil and raising the nutrients towards the surface. When planted as a ‘break’ crop, hemp outgrows all weed and chokes them out leaving the field clean for the next season.

Finola is a high-yield, early-blooming variety of hemp bred in Finland. This short variety, high quality fibre has superior EFA balance and higher GLA content. One attraction of finola is that no special equipment is required and straw is baled using conventional machinery.

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