posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 05:45 PM
reply to post by Logiciel
Hello there! Here is an interesting report I found while searching information on industrial hemp...
In 1998, Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP), PHYTOTECH, and the Ukraine's Institute of Bast Crops began what may be one of the most important
projects in history - the planting of industrial hemp for the removal of contaminants in the soil near Chernobyl.
Phytoremediation can be used to remove radioactive elements from soil and water at former weapons producing facilaties. It can also be used to clean
up metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and toxins leaching from landfills.
Plants break down or degrade organic pollutants and stabilize metal contaminants by acting as filters or traps. PHYTOTECH is conducting feild trials
to improve the phytoextraction of lead, uranium, cesium-137, and strontium-90 from soils and also from water.
"Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants we have been able to find," said Slavik Dushenkov, a research scienst with
PHYTOTECH. Test results have been promising and CGP, PHYOTECH and the Bast Institute plan full scale trials in the Chernobyl region in the spring of
Getting those toxic and radioactive elements out of the soil is crucial to restoring the ecosystem after a nuclear disaster. A technique called
"phytoremediation" uses certain plants to leech these elements from the soil... guess which one is one of the best at that task? Good old industrial
hemp, cannabis' non-drug cousin that our government bans.
I think that this would be a good first step