Depending on where you are in the world, talking about hemp can be a pretty hot topic. In some countries, residents can praise the wonder plant and its infinite number of uses knowing that their nation supports its use and growth. Yet, in the United States, where growing hemp is a hot-button issue tangled in a web of politics and legislation, many people have no idea how much better we could utilizing this amazing resource.
Best-selling author and investigative journalist Doug Fine has brought together a book that explores the endless possibilities of a world that efficiently and intelligently uses hemp and its products fiber, oil and seed. The plant is a part of the Cannabaceae family, which includes 170 different flowering species including the type of cannabis that makes you feel high.
The book is composed of 11 chapters packed with facts, figures and statistics all praising the indisputable usefulness of hemp. It’s chock full of content from the introduction to the two-part epilogue that wraps up the book before providing a bevy of resources and a helpful index to quickly look up information. Want to know about paper production, biofuels, hempcrete or how the plant can help with mitigating climate change? If you’re more of the type that likes to flips directly to a page for tidbits of information instead of sorting through an entire book or chapter, it’s possible to do that, too.
The narrative is broken up with profiles of hemp pioneers from geneticists and farmers to advocates and lobbyists who have had experiences with hemp in various ways. From the Founder and President of Hemp Oil Canada and the Deputy Director of Hempflax in the Netherlands to a regular grandma and hemp advocate, Fine examines the industry from all angles with the help of informed insiders.
This book is recommended for farmers, investors, entrepreneurs and others who, as the author puts it, “want to help humanity transition smoothly from fossil fuels, tree farms and monoculture.”
The tone and style of “Hemp Bound” is light and conversational while being highly informational and isn’t just reserved for hemp enthusiasts. Readers interested in environmental issues, conservation, agriculture and emerging, shifting industries in the United States will enjoy this smart, forward-thinking book.
Click here to purchase “Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution.”