Sun Jan 6, 2013, 11:35 PM
SHRED (10,897 posts)
Two thousand five hundred pounds
Over 30 other industrialized nations are now growing industrial hemp as an officially “drug-free” crop. The United States remains the only industrialized nation that refuses to distinguish it from its sibling, marijuana. Dr. Mike Lawrence of the University of Bath, England, recently told us at the 2nd International Hemp Building Symposium in Spain, “It’s not rocket science….just follow the model of the UK.”
Hemp is an ideal rotation crop for farmers, as it replenishes topsoil. Its individual stalks can grow up to 16 feet tall in 16 weeks – with minimal irrigation, NO pesticides, and just a modest amount of nitrogen for fertilizer. Hemp offers farmers three separate markets — its seeds; its outer fibers; and its inner hurds or “shiv.” Although it is illegal grow hemp in the US, it is legal to import all parts of the plant into the US, causing us to pay import prices on one of the healthiest, most beneficial crops known to man.
Hemp was used in phytoremediation efforts at Chernobyl, where hemp was used to remove lead, uranium and other heavy metals from the soil. While growing, hemp removes CO2 from the atmosphere and releases clean oxygen into the air. As Japan and Haiti look to rebuild themselves, hemp could be used to build thousands of energy-efficient homes.
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Two thousand five hundred pounds (Original post)
|Wellstone ruled||Jan 2013||#6|
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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:00 AM
Wellstone ruled (1,309 posts)
6. Hemp would replace most if not all of the
irrigated corn being grown for ethanol. Duh!! You cut it and it grows back again,Duh!! Sustainable agriculture,oh that's right,Monsanto and Cargill won't be able to screw the farmers anymore. Geez,novel idea. My Grandfather always grew and harvested Hemp in the early forties. Hemp was sold to a twine and rope mill in Stillwater Minnesota. It was Dow and Dupont along with the Churhes in the Forties who wiped out this industry in favor of the new Nylon and other synthetic fibers. Just another example of phony journalism used by big Oil and their chemical companies to eliminate competition.