9 Ways to Go Natural This Summer
Help change the U.S. law that prohibits the growing and processing of hemp—a plant with numerous environmental and health benefits (and one that shouldn’t be confused with marijuana; you can’t get high smoking hemp). Although discouraged for decades, the cultivation of hemp wasn’t formally prohibited until the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. But activists point out that hemp’s use as a textile can dramatically reduce pesticide usage (cotton accounts for 25 percent of pesticide use nationwide), it can be processed as a viable biofuel, and foods containing hemp are high in protein, vitamin E and cholesterol-reducing omega3 fatty acids. Nineteen states have passed legislation supporting industrial hemp. To find out the status in your state, donate and learn how you can get involved, visit votehemp.com and hemphistoryweek.com.