Hemp can save forests, replace plastic

Environmentalists plant trees in Ngong Forest, Nairobi, on March 7, 2018. For real change, planting more trees must be institutionalised as a national duty. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Hemp will grow anywhere without pesticides or herbicides and doesn’t compete for soil nutrients with other plants.
  • Hemp is more viable than wood. You need just an acre of hemp to give you enough fibre pulp you would otherwise get from four acres of trees.

In the 1980s, Prosopis juliflora, a shrub popularly known as “mathenge”, was introduced in arid and semi-arid areas to halt desertification but proved invasive, leading to its classification as a weed.

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