Do you think there'd at least be mentions of utilizing hemp to help bolster the economy?
Is obama planning to do anything about it?
I'm not talking about anything with any kind of drug content, don't bring any of that up or the thread will be gone.
I'm talking about the serious economic situation we're in right now, and the well established, recognized effects this crop would have on
We're being told our government is doing everything it can to try to remedy our current situation, but compare our current consumption/production
methods and the effects they have versus the effects hemp production, processing, and waste would bring/have brought in the past and it's obvious
we're headed the wrong direction.
There are a ton of jobs to be had. There would have to be if we were to switch over from our current ways of polluting our air and water to make
everyday things. There should be pretty good incentive too with how eco-conscious people are starting to get.
"The Emperor Wears No Clothes" is a great book that goes into detail how the plant was utilized in the past, the effects it had on the countries
that use it, and why it was made illegal. You can read it here
Here are just a few quick overviews of the uses that this plant has. Think of the amount of jobs/new revenue that would be created if we switched from
synthetic/harmful/polluting ingredients to everything being made from hemp material with as much fervor as we're putting into this whole "green
movement" everyone is talking about...
-Hemp seeds are used to make hemp seed oil.
-No other plant source, not even the soybean, compares to hemp in its range and balance of nutritional benefits, making hemp the world’s premier
-Hemp seeds have fiber, protein and essential fatty acids (EFAs
In 1937 Popular Science magazine called hemp "The New Billion Dollar Crop."
-Hemp can be used to produce non-toxic diesel fuel.
" Because hemp produces more biomass than any other plant species that can grow in a wide range of climates and locations, HEMP has a great
potential to become a major sopurce of ethanol fuel
Clothing and Textiles
-Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great strength and durability. It is used to make over 5,000 textile prodcuts.
-Products made from textile processing remains are used to make another 25,00 products.
-Products range from rope to fine laces to dynamite to Cellophane
-"The primary oil used in cosmetics, from baby moisturiser to face creams, shaving soap and body butter is mineral oil, which is- you guessed it-
a petroleum derivative (waste product). There is a natural alternative that actually feeds our skin with omega-3,6 and 9 nutrients. Hemp Oil.
Paints & Cleaners
-Hemp can be used to produce non-toxic paint, varnish, and detergent.
-Up until 1937, all quality paints were made with a base of hemp oil due to its natural drying quality
-Hemp paper does not need chlorine bleach, which heavily pollutes rives near wood-pulp paper mills.
-Environmentally-sound Hemp paper is stronger, finer and longer-lasting than wood-based papers.
-Hemp paper is used for bank notes and archives.
-You can build a house with hemp.
-Used to produce caulking, cement, fiberboard, flooring, insulation, paneling, particleboard, plaster, plywood, reinforced concrete and roofing.
Henry Ford designed and built a car from compression-molded hemp and other natural fibers. He designed it to run on hemp biomass fuel.
It used to be illegal not
to grow hemp in war times because of how useful it was
Again, this thread has nothing to do with drugs of any sort. I'm comparing our economy now and our current 'fixes' to the economy of pre-1940
america and their fixes.
Commercial hemp has less than five tenths of one percent drug content anyways, but that's beside the point here.
[edit on 29-1-2009 by alaskan]