Hawaii imports approximately 90% of everything it’s residents and visitors consume. This includes food, building materials, fuel, and energy feedstock. Much of Hawaiian agriculture is hard on the land and even worse for the coral reefs. Hawaiian soils are depleted because of both the realities of living on an island in the tropics, and harmful chemicals used to support monoculture production methods. On top of this, because of the natural beauty of the land, real estate prices make it exceptionally difficult to make a living from farming. Cash crops have shifted over the years from sugarcane, coffee, pineapples, to where they are today, test plots for genetically engineered seed companies.
We need an alternative that doesn’t run the risk of irreparably harming the beauty of the island ecosystems.
Industrial Hemp, iHemp for short, is the drug-free cousin of the marijuana plant. It is good for food, clothing and other textiles, building materials, biomass electricity production, bioplastics, and hundreds of other uses. It also has a remarkable ability to absorb toxins in the soil, a process called bioremediation.
We believe that the cultivation and productive use of industrial hemp — and most importantly, its ability to create a healthier world for future generations – is one of the most important stories of our time.
At BluSea Foundation, we’re excited to announce that in partnership with iHempHI, we will be hosting workshops, seminars, and design competitions aimed at jumpstarting Hawaii’s industrial hemp economy. We are reaching out to local farmers, agricultural processors, as well as builders & textile manufacturers to raise awareness of the coming changes to Hawaii’s agriculture and how they can take advantage of this amazing new opportunity.
Read more at iHempHI