Hemp Fast Facts
- Henry Ford built a prototype car in 1925 made out of agricultural fiber biocomposites, including hemp.
- The United States Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper, and the finest Bible paper remains hemp-based even today.
- Hemp’s oil-rich seed has an exceptionally high content of vital Essential Fatty Acids (omega-3 and omega-6) that nutritionists have found to be deficient in human diets.
- An estimated 55,700 metric tons of industrial hemp are produced around the world each year. China, Russia, and South Korea are the leading hemp-producing nations. They account for 70 percent of the world’s industrial hemp supply.
- Carmakers Mercedes and BMW employ hemp fiber in their car manufacture utilizing hemp’s higher strength-to-weight ratios compared to steel.
- Benjamin Franklin, who owned one of the first paper mills in America, processed hemp.
- The War of 1812 was fought over hemp, as Napoleon attempted to cut off Moscow’s export to England.
- Hemp has been used for sails and rigging of 19th century clipper ships, the canvas-covered wagons of the pioneers headed west and the sturdy hemp Levi’s pants of the original 49ers seeking their gold fortunes in the California hills.
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