Bees Love Cannabis and This Could be The Answer For Rebuilding The Bees Population

Bees love cannabis just like us, and the fact that a recent study has discovered that taller hemp plants attract a more significant number of bees reinforces the verity. In December 2019, researchers from Cornell University affirmed that humans are not the only ones who find hemp useful; bees, too, have now been added to the plant’s list of fans. However, this is not the first study that has confirmed this fascination of bee towards cannabis because a study published in 2018, by the students at Colorado State University delved into the same findings.

In the investigation, it was revealed that bees are attracted to cannabis primarily because of the plant’s abundant reserve of pollen. If science indeed explains the bees’ attraction towards hemp plants, then we can hopefully look forward to the scientists delineating ways to refurbish the insect’s deteriorating population and floral population.

As per the study, if the area covered by the hemp plant is higher, the chances of the bees being drawn towards the swarm will also automatically multiply. Furthermore, as we have already mentioned in the preceding section, the taller hemp plants magnetize 17 times more bees as compared to their shorter versions.

Bees are benefiting from hemp pollen.

Over time, more and more bees start frequenting the cannabis plants, a mechanism that can be equated with the “word-of-mouth” technique amongst us humans. The researchers also noticed that because hemp is constituted as a major cash crop that can be capitalized on in several ways, it is capable of sustaining at least 16 distinct species of bees in the northeastern part of the United States.

Now, you might find these facts about bees and their enthrallment towards the hemp plants oddly unsettling because neither does cannabis produce sweet nectar nor does the hemp flower exhibit a wide array of beautiful colors. Essentially, it is the male flowers of the hemp that work wonders; they are the ones that produce pollen to attract 16 subspecies of bees but the real reasons still being under a lot of conjecture. In contrast to this, the female flowers that produce the “weed” that humans smoke are principally ignored by the bees because they are not even actual flowers.

The findings are significant not because they have brought something new and exciting to the table, because if utilized sensibly, they can have a substantial impact on the suffering population of the bees that the United States has been working to retrieve for so long. The researchers affirmed that this amalgamation of bees and hemp doesn’t mean that we should be doubtful about the cannabinoid-rich pollen finding a way into our diets through honey with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Since ancient times, humans have been occupied with the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana. However, with the exposure of this new evidence, we can expect the cannabis plant to enhance the prospects of agriculture and nature in ways that we were not aware of before.

Hemp is Here to Negate the Age-Old Rule of Cotton Through Levi’s Jeans

Hemp is making a comeback through Levi’s jeans to negate the age-old rule of cotton. For the first time in centuries, hemp is legal across the United States. It is owing to the innumerable benefits that the plant introduces both to the users and the environment. Considering its increasing popularity, the fact that hemp produces twice as much fiber as cotton can no longer be hidden under the veil.

Furthermore, the amount of pesticides and water that goes into growing hemp is less significant when weighed against the other fabrics. This is primarily the reason why the derivatives of hemp are now being used to fashion clothes. Levi’s stands as one of the first brands to capitalize on its profits as a source of clothing by amalgamating it into their trademarks.

Hemp used as a sustainable cotton.

A common misconception that surrounded hemp was that the plant is synonymous with marijuana, and this notion encouraged the illegal cultivation of the former in the United States for over 80 years. However, after Congress passed the Hemp farming Act, it was included in the farm bill in December 2018 thereby, rendered clothing manufacturers from every nook and corner of America with the opportunity to utilize the affordable recourse of hemp.

The law fundamentally aims at legalizing the production, cultivation, processing, and distribution of hemp for industrial use. Let us point out that industrial hemp doesn’t contain even the slightest trace of THC, the compound responsible for stimulating the psychoactive effect in humans and, therefore, will not make you high.

Levi Strauss has taken up this project of mixing hemp fiber with their cult denim to tag itself as a more sustainable alternative. For starters, they rolled out the ball by blending 30% of hemp with 70% cotton but, if all things work well and fulfill the market anticipations, they hope to have 100% hemp jeans soon.

The prime heads controlling this drive believes that their customers are familiar with the texture of cotton, and for them to successfully accustom themselves to the stiffness of hemp, the mechanism should be advanced steadily.

A hemp field

As per the predictions of cannabis analytics, the hemp industry is expecting to reach a configuration of around $5.7 billion by 2020. With the environmental concerns only rising by the day, these jeans come as a relief. Apart from being a sustainable choice, since hemp is 100% biodegradable.

Additionally, when hemp is disposed of in the soil, it is capable of eliminating the harmful toxins from it, therefore, creating enough for a cleaner and safer environment to thrive. The material’s durability allows them to last longer than cotton and hence, wouldn’t require to be replaced frequently.

We are looking forward to the vent of change, something that is capable of substituting the principal utilities with an equally efficient option, and presently, hemp appears to be the ultimate solution for all our ordeals.

The Ocean Clean Up Crew Unveil The “Interceptor”

Born in July 1994, Boyan Slat is a Dutch entrepreneur and inventor who uses technology to help combat global problems. In February 2013, he founded The Ocean Cleanup at a remarkably young age. The organization has since expanded to a team of around 80 people, of which Boyan is currently the CEO. 

In 2018, Boyan led his team to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive vortex in the Pacific Ocean utterly loaded with pieces of floating plastic and other garbage. It is, in fact, the largest collection of plastic in all the oceans. 

In their efforts to clear the mess away, The Ocean Cleanup launched its first ever plastic-cleaning device. It was a 2,000-foot U-shaped array known as “System 001,” nicknamed “Wilson.” Unfortunately, Wilson’s sensors and satellite system began to malfunction, and its collected plastic began to leak back into the garbage vortex. Although the device was still successful in clearing out some of the plastic from the vortex, and it thankfully did no environmental damage of its own, ultimately it brought back to port for repairs. 

In summer of 2019, The Ocean Project tried again with a newer and better cleanup device, “System 001/B,” which used an underwater parachute to slow the device’s movement through the water, as well as inflatable bags to speed it up. 

Alas, the new design ran into another problem. It used a cork line to help contain the plastic, in a similar manner to lines that divide the lanes of a swimming pool. As it turned out, the line wasn’t tall enough to prevent plastic from passing over. It will be necessary to improve upon this and make the cork line taller to ensure the device works correctly. 

The Ocean Project still has not given up, and is determined to continue their clean-up efforts at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In the meantime, they have focused their efforts on clearing up river pollution. On October 26th, 2019, they unveiled their latest invention, called “The Interceptor.” Having been in development since 2015, it too is built around cleaning up plastic, capable of extracting anywhere from 50,000kg to 100,000kg of trash per day. 

In fact, multiple Interceptors have been built. Two of them are already active in Jakarta (Indonesia) and Klang (Malaysia) respectively. A third Interceptor will be set up in Can Tho in the Mekong Delta (Vietnam) while a fourth will be set up in Santa Domingo (Dominican Republic). There has also been an agreement made to set up another Interceptor near Bangkok, and an in-progress agreement for another one in LA Country (USA). 

While there has been some trial-and-error, everyone at The Ocean Project deserves praise and recognition for their innovative methods and for all the hard work they’ve done to make this planet a brighter, cleaner, and safer place. We all could take some inspiration from them, both in their good cause and in their refusal to let their setbacks stop them. 

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