Originally posted by peck420
Originally posted by Cancerwarrior
The best solution for this so called energy crisis is Hemp.
Hemp-based plastics are recyclable and biodegradable.
Fuel for transportation can be replaced with hemp-based biofuels. Hemp fuel is clean, efficient, and…if it spills it does not harm the environment,
it is more like a fertilizer.
Incorrect. After processing, all types of fuel are pretty hazardous to the environment. That includes biodiesels (hemp ethynol). If you would like
to see it's effect, pour some (in a contained area) on some plant life. After you remove the dead plants, try growing something. Nature relies on
balance. Processing, by the nature of processing, removes that balance.
Everything, EVERYTHING, that carbon based fuel does, hemp does, and does it better. So, why are we feeling this pain from fossil fuels?
Maybe that is one reason big oil and others have worked so hard to relate this plant to the "not named on ATS" plant. Fact is, you can smoke a whole
trashbag of hemp and never even catch a buzz.
Grown fuel will never be sustainable unless we make some major breakthroughs in engine efficiency, or in engine output requirements. As it stands
now, I don't think we have enough arable land to produce the required quantities of fuel and food at the same time.
Land mass is a common argument from people that dismiss biofeuels as uneconomical.
This article is from 2009 but has some pretty good information regarding hemp growing on an industrial scale:
According to the 3rd edition of “Environmental Chemistry” by Professor Stanley E. Manahan, “Meeting US demands for oil and gas would require
that about 6% of the land area of the coterminous 48 states be cultivated intensively for energy production.” (40) According to one source, the US
has 60 million idle acres of farmland (41) - about 3% of US land area – and another 130 million or so acres devoted to raising meat (42). According
to another source, more than 302 million hectares of land are devoted to producing feed for the U.S. livestock population -- about 272 million
hectares in pasture and about 30 million hectares for cultivated feed grains. (43) Either way, it seems there's more than enough land to grow fuel
with, if we each eat five or ten fewer steaks every year. As well, urban agriculture is another option to free land up for fuel crops – for example,
6% of Cuba's food supply is grown in the city of Havana. (44) Not only would urban agriculture increase the area available for food, it would conserve
energy previously used to transport food.
Another site with alot of useful information on hemp biodiesel production:
This technology does not apply just to biofuels. It is important to understand that hemp provides two types of fuel; hemp biodiesel – made from the
oil of the hemp seed, and hemp ethanol/methanol – made from the fermented stalk. In modern times hemp is used for industrial purposes including
paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, construction (as with Hempcrete and insulation), body products, health food and bio-fuel.
Henry Ford originally designed his “Model A” car to run on either alcohol or gasoline, whichever was available to the driver. And also made a car
almost entirely out of hemp. If that could be done 80+ years ago, think of what can be done with todays technology applied.
It was the early 20th century when John D. Rockefeller, owner of Standard Oil (now Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, American BP and a dozen other oil companies),
put 4 million dollars into alcohol prohibition. Ford's dream of a nation of plant-powered vehicles was thwarted first by alcohol prohibition, then by
hemp prohibition. It was actually re legalized when WWII started because it was considered a necessary crop to support a war time economy. So much so
that farmers that grew it were exempt from the draft.
A 1942 U.S. Department of Agriculture film called "Hemp For Victory" extolled the agricultural might of hemp and called for hundreds of thousands of
acres to be planted for the war effort. A copy of the video is at the link below.
Hemp seeds are a source of nutritious high-protien oil that can be used for human and animal consumption. Hemp oil is NOT intoxicating. Extracting
protein from hemp is less expensive than extracting protein from soybeans. Hemp protein can be processed and flavored in any way soybean protein can.
Hemp oil can also be used to make highly nutritious tofu, butter, cheese, salad oils, and other foods. Hemp oil can also be used to produce paint,
varnish, ink, lubricating oils, and plastic susbstitues. Because 50% of the weight of a mature hemp plant is seeds, hemp could become a significant
source for these products.
edit on 26-4-2013 by Cancerwarrior because: (no reason given)