10 Ways Hemp Will Improve the American Economy (2020-2030)
With recent legislation unraveling hemp farming prohibition, a new booming cannabis industry is emerging with immense promise to uplift and improve the American economy in so many ways. Explore ten of them with us and uplift your day.
No point in an introduction, let’s just dig into the good stuff without hesitation. We’ll begin with one of the only things better than jobs, which are better-paying and greener jobs!
1) A Surge in Eco-Manufacturing Jobs
Can industrial hemp single-handedly greenify large swaths of the workforce? Yes.
From the ground up, we could pull this off and optimize what we have, for example in textiles and home construction, while adding tons of new well-paying hemp manufacturing jobs. This is doable. Any industry that could feasibly benefit from biofuel energy, that makes plastic products, that currently uses many synthetic fibers, and so on could be improved through hemp - food, fuel, fabrics!
From 2020-2030 Americans are going to have the fortunate opportunity to test how useful this resource can be, and so far they’re off to an exciting start without much of a domestic farming movement yet. In late 2019 early 2020, we’re already seeing hemp beer brands, sports cars, supercapacitors, clothing, herbal supplementation products galore, sun glasses, backpacks, and on and on.
Once hemp gets involved on the core resource level - fiber, seed, flower, and hurd - the supply chain becomes greener.
2) Surge in Agricultural Jobs
Hemp acreage will expand at absolutely staggering rates each year between 2020-2025 at least, bare minimum. There’s likely to be a glut of supply early on though as acreage is expanding far quicker than processing and manufacturing.Followed by more expansion of acreage and the prolific rise of American hemp once again on the world stage after close to a century.
What we’re seeing is an astounding turnout not only by current and long-standing farmers, but younger generations and newcomers as well with no experience joining the agricultural movement specifically for hemp.
On the one side you’ve got the corporate push by large brands, billionaires and other big moneyed interests. On the other is a delicious culturally diverse mix of small to medium farmers from east to west coasts. Not just greener manufacturing jobs, but artisanal agricultural work will be booming as well.
3) Reinforcement in Sustainable Organic Farming
Market prices for new fiber, types of biomass, cannabinoids, and seed will fluctuate as American hemp supply chains are built and optimized. This means tons of value whether you’re farming hemp as a hobby, to help sustain a small community or farm, as a small to medium-sized business or large agricultural venture.
Hemp - an easily renewable resource - naturally lends itself to organic farming practices (far less fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides), along with those advised by environmentalists and climatologists as a means of offsetting societal CO2 emissions.
4) Trimmer American Waistlines
With more hemp seed-based foodstuffs in the marketplace rather than common corn, wheat, and soy options, it’s likely to cause a reduction in the obesity epidemic. To what percentage this epidemic is the result of malnutrition is hard to say, but giving Americans far more access to hemp seed, hemp flour, hemp seed milk, hemp seed oil, hemp protein powder and hemp hearts is going to have far-reaching positive impacts!
Consider that one acre of hemp can yield an average of 700 pounds of grain, which in turn can be pressed into about 22 gallons of oil (for food, fuel, skin products, etc.) and 530 pounds of meal (great for livestock). Now it’s easier to see why small farming has more legitimacy with hemp. Not too shabby!
These numbers will be outdone quickly by American farmers and breeding innovation, translating into more nutrition from superior cultivars.
5) Boosted Alternative Energy Market
Hemp is among the titans of the plant world in terms of converting sunlight and CO2 in the atmosphere into dense food we can eat, biodegradable clothing we can wear, biomass we can extract cannabinoids from, or create biofuel or biodiesel with which is likely to see a large boost during the next decade of American hemp farming.
For environmentalists it’s the double-whammy: superior CO2 sequestration agent that’s naturally prone to sustainable agriculture, AND, an easily renewable energy resource.
6) Improved Trade Deficit
The more hemp American farmers grow, the more of the crop and its bi-products we can sell to the rest of the world. Sure, you can grow hemp pretty much anywhere and use it to make say, some lavish skin care treatment, but there will always be premiums for genuine Kentucky hemp, Colorado hemp, northern hemp fiber from the Dakotas, or rich CBD biomass from the southwest states like Arizona and New Mexico, and so on.
7) Displacing Drug War Devastation
With cannabis suddenly being re-embraced by society and all these miraculous developments emerging thanks to cannabinoid science, cannabis nutrition and agriculture, the end of prohibition is here. This aspect of the American drug war is thankfully coming to a close. In its place is a better, cleaner, more productive industry that isn’t involved with opioids and relies on local state-regulated agriculture.
Darby Hemp absolutely supports the idea where states who’ve abhorrently benefited from decades of for-profit cannabis-based drug war policies dedicate a percentage of their cannabis profits to reparations of some kind to the people and entire generations of Americans it harmed.
8) Better Agricultural Output
Industrial hemp is a well-known and scientifically proven rejuvenator of soil - a soil reclaimer - a phytoremediator. Not only could we use hemp to address and revive tens of thousands of urban sites, turning them into local green assets and offsetting tons of CO2 from cities, but millions of acres of distressed land harmed by irresponsible and mass-corporate farming methods. The crop can also be used to clean the soil of heavy metals, toxins, pesticides, and more.
When fed to our livestock, it means more nutritious meat, eggs, cheese, milk, and so on down the line of animal bi-products. This is simply because of hemp seed’s nutritional profile along with its high bioavailability.
9) Raising the National ECS Tone
Most Americans have heard of cannabidiol or CBD by now, with the industry for that one single compound going into the tens of billions in a handful of years on the back of emergent endocannabinoid system (ECS) science.
If you haven’t heard of the ECS yet though, please, do yourself a favor and simply look up the basics. We write about it plenty on Darby Hemp, but they’re usually deeper dives within the overall topic. In essence, your ECS is the foundation for an entirely new course in modern medicine based around it - the body’s core homeostasis-regulation-system which has been evolving for over 500 million years in plants and animals.
10) More Social Equity
Ideally as the hemp industry grows and displaces cotton, almonds, fossil fuels, conventional crops and so on, and thanks to the nine positive socioeconomic impacts above, this provides more social equity to all Americans!
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