Hemp

A coarse, bushy herb growing in the Outdoor Gardens

By Eden Project

Eden Project

Hemp, Outdoor Gardens (2020) by Eden ProjectEden Project

Hemp grows fast, is very adaptable to soil and climatic conditions and is undemanding on resources such as artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It provides a good break crop for the farmer, giving the land a rest from other crops and helping to prevent disease.

Hemp, Outdoor Gardens (2020) by Eden ProjectEden Project

It is a potential flagship sustainable crop for the 21st century, but there's a reason why our fields aren’t full of it. It produces a substance that became socially controversial in the early part of the 20th century: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which as well as having many medicinal attributes has been used as a recreational drug. In recent years breeding and selection has resulted in cultivars low in THC, and hemp is once again being considered by governments as a useful crop.

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