Today, Governor Stitt is expected to sign a bill that would allow commercial production of industrial hemp. Senate Bill 868 could help farmers make more money, and experts are excited about the environmental impact.
Hemp could produce materials like clothing, towels, paper, and more while using less water and fertilizer than the less eco-friendly cotton.
“Basically it has its own pesticides in it,” says Environmental Studies Lecturer Rebecca Sherry, PhD. “All the chemical compounds in it that make it unpalatable for insects are some of the same compounds that make it interesting and useful to us.”
The bill passed unanimously in the house.