Hemp is probably number one on my list of underrated things, definitely top five. Currently, growing and harvesting hemp for industrial use is illegal in the U.S. The plant gets a bad rap because of its association with marijuana, but has virtually no drug properties due to its very low THC content. Hemp plants can be used to make fiber, paper, food, biofuels, and can be grown in all 50 states. Added bonuses: the plants don’t require the use of pesticides, are frost tolerant, and don’t need obscene amounts of water to grow.
This year, the U.S. will import about $500 million in hemp products. If my math is correct, that’s $500 million and whole lot of jobs that we could be putting into our own economy.
Harvesting Liberty follows a man using farming as therapy for veterans. The film features Growing Warriors and Fibershed, two companies working to reintroduce industrial hemp to America. On July 4, 2016, a petition will be delivered urging the U.S. Congress to federally legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp.