|Cannabis Sativa hemp is the most environmentally
sound agricultural crop known to mankind. Unlike cotton and timber production,
Hemp is a sustainable resource. It does not deplete the soil like cotton
and many other crops. It requires no pesticides, because it produces its
own resins which act as insecticides. It is also such a vigorous crop that
it requires no herbicides.
It out-competes most all weeds due to its extremely fast growing nature, and its dense shock of leaves, (8 to 10 feet above the ground), choke out any remaining weeds (Popular Mechanics, February 1938).
It actually leaves the ground in an improved condition, because it can eliminate very troublesome perennial weeds, and its long roots penetrate and break the soil. By contrast, cotton is one of the most environmentally destructive crops, requiring 39 million pounds of pesticides annually in the United States alone!
Hemp can be used for over 25,000 applications including such areas as food, fabric, construction materials, paints, paper, medicine, and more. (Popular Mechanics 1938). The entire plant can be used for one purpose or another. Furthermore, it is actually more than six times as strong as cotton, and as a fabric, much more resistant to weathering and wear.
It is not unusual for peasants in the old country to pass down a coat made from hemp generation after generation with the hemp material holding up to countless thousands of washings.
"Make the most of the hemp seed, sow it everywhere", George Washington (Washington's personal diaries). In fact, the original draft of the U.S. Declaration of Independence was printed on hemp paper (National Archives).