Grant Manx Farmers a license for growing Hemp

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The Isle of Man Government should seriously consider granting licenses for Manx farmers to cultivate Hemp for use on the island or for export. 

Growing Hemp is a lucrative industry and the future of Manx Farming could depend on it and more importantly it doesn’t come at a cost to our health or our environment. In fact quite the opposite! 

Hemp is such a robust crop, it would thrive on our island. The future of our planet depends on it!

With high yields and a quick 6 week turn around as well as Manx Farmers already having the machinery to harvest the crop the idea to allow Hemp to be grown on the island could be a greener solution to a lot of environmental issues right now! 

The future of our planet relies heavily on Hemp! Please support this petition. 

Here are some facts on Hemp:

Hemp is nutritious
Okay, this may not be new news, but did you know that the hemp seed has the same nutrient that is also in…. wait for it… breast milk. The hemp seed holds an oil that is rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), just as in breast milk.

Hemp helps the environment
Did you know that hemp can eliminate toxins and radioactive material? It’s true! To test this, scientists planted hemp at Chernobyl and discovered that hemp conducted phytoremediation and decomposed chemicals from the soil better than any house plant, or any plant for that matter.

Hemp enriches
Hemp is equipped with deep roots that allows it to grow in various types of soil and terrains. Not only is it versatile, hemp can even hold soil together. In the past, it has been used for this purpose after clear cutting of trees. Bet you didn’t know that?

When the hemp plant is reaped, the stem and leaves contain so many nutrients that many farmers take what they don’t need and put it back in the soil. This process rejuvenates the soil even more, enriching the soil with nitrogen, aiding with an even larger yield for the next season.

Hemp can build houses and even cars
Whaaat? Yes, really! It all started in 1941, when Henry Ford owned a car made of soybean hemp and plastics. It was lighter than steel, but it was durable, withstanding ten times the impacts, without a single dent. In 2008 Lotus launched their eco friendly sports car, featuring lush hemp wool on the steering wheel, to hard compressed hemp making up the seats.

Today, hemp is a popular choice for building homes because structures made from hemp are pest-free, rot-free, mold-free, and are fire-resistant. Plus, hemp plastic materials are 100% biodegradable.

Hemp can power cars
Sure, a car can be made of hemp, but can it go? Absolutely! Hemp seed oil can be converted from into a biodegradable and toxic-free biodiesel.

Hemp is a superhero – it could save the world
Now, hemp is no Captain Planet, but close enough. It could replace some of the effects that lead to carbon emissions, but hemp could also eliminate them. You see, hemp has a really high carbon-dioxide uptake and it starts a process named carbon sequestration that traps emissions.

Hemp prevents deforestation
Hemp can be used as a resource material for wood and paper, which make for a healthier earth and it’s inhabitants, humans and animals. For a one year supply of paper, it is said that one acre of hemp is equivalent to four acres of trees.

Hemp could help eliminate world hunger
Hemp is a protein that holds amino acids and important vitamins. Hemp seeds are a nutritionally dense food, which could be made into many different foods, as with soya and most significantly into oil or flour. Don’t forget that hemp is a hearty plant that can be grown in different types of soil and land.

Healthy oil
Hemp oil contains omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, which makes hemp a healthier alternative to vegetable oil.

Hemp should not be confused with marijuana. Please, do some research!




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