Pollution doesn’t just affect our air and water quality. It also contaminates the soil in which we grow our crops. Soil contamination is a wide-spread problem in the U.S. It poses a massive threat to the agriculture industry, as well as food safety and personal health. It won’t be long before the issue becomes a crisis.
That’s why scientists have been searching for a solution. But what they’ve found may surprise you. A great deal of environmentalists believe that hemp may be able to solve the problem. Here’s why.
In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about the potential benefits of CBD and THC, both of which are found in hemp. Especially since the legalization of industrial hemp, this excitement has been amplified. But during all of the commotion over cannabinoids, one of hemp’s most impressive benefits has been overlooked. It’s a phytoremediation plant. What does this mean? It means that it can extract toxins from soil.
A growing number of environmentalists are starting to believe that hemp could be the solution to the soil problem in the U.S. Hemp has phytoremediation properties. That means it removes contaminants from water and soil. Farmers can plant hemp in polluted fields to clean them up, thereby making them safer and more profitable.
The only downside is, scientists haven’t figured out what to do with the used plants. It’s unlikely that anyone will want to purchase plants that have been used to clean up toxins. Furthermore, hemp also depletes soil of beneficial nutrients which are needed for farming.
We may not have all the answers yet. But, hemp does seem like a promising solution to the soil crisis.
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