America cannot continue to run up record trade deficits and flood our markets with cheap foreign goods.
From clothing, to food, to fuel, to a whole host of consumer and building products, not to mention helping in cleaning up soil pollution, it's only slightly hyperbole to call hemp a wonder crop: Clothing Hemp's been used for textiles since time immemorial--samples of hemp fabric in China date back to 8, BC--though it has certainly had a renaissance of late.
Shedding the slightly rough and tough image it once had hemp has broken into the realms of high fashionhas been mixed with silk for lingerieas well as being applied to more obvious applications where it's durability is used to best advantage: Providing material for shoesjeansand other tough sport clothing.
Sarah McD via flickr. But hemp also can be put to good use in iced tea and brewed into beer, fermented into wine, and distilled into other alcoholic beverages.
Oh, and there's hemp milk too.
Paper Hemp has been used for paper for at least 2, years, even though today hemp paper accounts for about only 0. Even though hemp is a far more quickly renewable and sustainable source of pulp for paper, because of the small number and relatively old age of processing equipment for hemp paper, help pulp ends up being several times more expensive than wood pulp.
Building Supplies Of all the uses for hemp, even if you only have a cursory knowledge of the subject you're probably away of hemp fabric, clothing and paper, but here's one that's an eye-opener: Hemp provides all sorts of good building materials. You can make it into insulation as companies in the Netherlands and Ireland are doing.
It can be used to make engineered building products like fiberboard and pressboardand even be used to make ' hempcrete ', a stronger, lighter, and more environmentally friendly version of concrete. Plastics Hemp is also a viable feedstock for plastics production.
Though it never went into production, with undue influence from chemical giant DuPont playing at least a part, as the photo above, of Henry Ford taking an axe to the car to prove its durability, shows hemp plastic can be strong stuff.
Fuel Yes, you can make biofuel from hemp! Like pretty much any vegetable oil you can take hemp oil and process it into biodiesel.
You still have all the concerns about conversion of land that could be used for food production into land used to fuel vehicles, but the biodiesel process is certainly solid.
As cellulosic ethanol technology becomes more commercial viable--something seemingly just over the horizon for a couple of years now--there's no reason why you couldn't utilize hemp stalks or other leftovers as a feedstock. Considering all that, it stands to reason that hemp could also be utilized to make liquid fuels that are chemically identical to petroleum-based gasoline or diesel as well.
But since the US doesn't want anyone cultivating hemp, the potential of hemp for fuel remains untapped. Martin Abegglen via flickr. Chemical Cleanup One of the most intriguing uses for hemp is in cleaning up soil contamination. In the late s industrial hemp was tested at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine to help heal the soil.
Because of its fast rate of growing each season, up to plants per square meter each up to 15 feet tall, hemp shows goof potential in cleaning up land contaminated with fly ash, sewage sludge, or other heavy metals--though hemp's use in phytoremediation on any scale is in its infancy.
As Vote Hemp points out, it's technically not illegal to grow industrial hemp in the United States, it's just that you need a permit from the DEA and they're not eager to give them out.
Growing hemp is kind of like driving, you can't drive without a license and you can't grow hemp without a permit. The difference is that it is almost impossible to get a permit from DEA to grow hemp.
Want to know more?As I write this, hundreds of people are converging on the streets of Washington, D.C., and in the halls of the U.S.
Capitol with T-shirts saying "Believe Women.". States that have legalized recreational marijuana hope it leads to jobs and tax revenues. Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in November , reported $,, in tax revenues from marijuana sales for the year Jan 04, · In most of the 22 states that, along with Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, have legal marijuana markets, cash is not simply king; it is all-consuming.
56 rows · In the United States, the use and possession of cannabis is illegal under federal law for any . DENVER — Thursday, Nov. 8, — Gov. Hickenlooper and the Colorado Department of Higher Education celebrated Colorado’s win as one of six states to receive a federal GEAR UP grant that will power pre-collegiate programming for up to 5, students across the state—the fourth consecutive award Colorado has received since A Colorado Marijuana Legalization Amendment, also known as Amendment 64, was on the November 6, ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved..
The measure legalized marijuana in the state. A similar measure was on the ballot in the state, where it was defeated.. The initiative was filed eight different times with Colorado's Legislative Counsel.