April 11, 2015

Hawaiʻi Ag lands Could Be Green Again with Industrial Hemp

Maui TV News
The high cost of feed in Hawaiʻi constrains cattle ranchers, who used to grow beef, but now just breed and ship calves to ranches and feed lots on the mainland. Industrial hemp feed has the potential to revive Hawaiʻi’s beef cattle industry. As a cash crop, it will boost all livestock production and other agricultural sectors too. Hemp seed is also a good food for humans. Oil extracted from the seed is rich in Omega 3 and 6 and has hundreds of commercial and nutritional applications. Biofuel is just one. Hemp fiber becomes thread and fabric; pulverized stalks mixed with water and binders, turns into a semi-structural insulation for building Hawaiʻi homes. Commercial hemp grows as dense green fields of 12-foot plants that will mitigate run-off, dust and brush fire problems in old cane and pineapple fields.

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