Hemp is Already Being Used in Walls and Insulation as a Game-Changer in Construction Industry

This article was written by Nate Berg for Ensia and has been re-printed with permission

After the hempcrete is cast and before the plaster is added/Tommygibbons46, CC license

It has become almost a cliché to discuss the benefits of hemp, the supposed wonder plant with almost endless uses—from woven fibers to edible seeds to bioplastics.

“Of course, hemp is that magic crop that does everything,” says Nicholas Carter, an environmental researcher who, along with Tushar Mehta, a Toronto-based doctor, runs the website Plant Based Data.

His work involves reading through scientific papers and studies and summarizing the most important work supporting plants as a source of food and other important uses. Given the hype, Carter…

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