To Help Save the American Economy

Scholarship Entrant: Sara from Fort Collins, Colorado
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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If I could get paid to become an activist for industrial hemp, my life would be perfect. Hemp was the very first cash crop in the United States and has the ability to save the American economy with over 75,000 industrial uses. The plant material can be used to produce food that contains eight essential amino acids and is one of the only plants that is also a protein. It can be used as biodiesel fuel that is eight times more efficient than corn biodiesel that emits essentially no greenhouse gases, and was used by Henry Ford in his own personal engine. Clothes made from hemp last longer, paper made from hemp doesn’t fade as much as wood pulp paper over time, and wood composites made from hemp are lighter and stronger than wood. These are just a few of the thousands of benefits hemp can bring to the world as we know it. Hemp is a plant that can be harvested up to three times in one year, needs very little water to grow, doesn’t need pesticides, and actually improves the soil in which it grows eliminating the need for crop rotation. This plant has amazing capabilities that many average Americans are unaware of due to the overwhelming negative stigma caused by the War on Drugs and its association with marijuana. Hemp could create a new industrial revolution, and to be a part of conquering ignorance by spreading knowledge of this plant would truly be a dream come true.

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