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  •  Ah, yes, the hemp revolution (0+ / 0-)

    I still have that book sitting on my shelf.  I would LOVE to believe this and I'm not being totally dismissive but hemp is legal in some countries.  Are there experiences with hemp either in textiles, fuel or food anywhere like what was promised in such books?  Yes, hemp clothes are being made but as far as fuel and food, is there a real track record?  Just curious.

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    by theotherside on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 07:39:50 AM PST

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    •  Yes there is plenty of study done on hemp (1+ / 0-)
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      If it were not for the insanity perpetuated upon the entire world by the "Reefer Madness" scare of the 1930's cannabis would still be one of our most valuable commodities. We would also have twice the forest lands sequestering millions of tons more CO2 out of our atmosphere yearly in America if the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 had not taxed and regulated cannabis out of domestic production just after a mechanical device was invented to separate the long bast fibers from the short fiber pulp. Hemp was on the verge of replacing softwood fibers from our forests for paper production. An acre of hemp produces more usable short fiber pulp than four acres of old growth forest while requiring only a fraction of the air and water polluting caustic chemicals to finish the pulp into superior paper products than softwood fibers. It's shameful that for the last 70 plus years America has been cutting down our forests to produce toilet tissue to be flushed away when we could be using a superior product that can be grown in as little as 100 days instead of the decades it takes to regenerate a forest. Hemp fiber can even be made into studs and plywood like products that are far more heat, mold and pest resistant than forest products. If your house was build out of hemp you wouldn't need to worry about termites.
      Hemp seeds are as close as you can get to a perfect sustenance food. Hemp seed oil has a pleasant nutty taste and is even a healthier choice than Extra Virgin Olive Oil dressings and cooking. People in famine struck areas could be growing hemp for the seeds to feed their families instead of being given rice, wheat and corn with less nutritional value. Hemp seeds contain natures most perfect balance of simple proteins and Omega 3 fatty acids. In Russia before the Reefer Madness craze, hemp seeds were popped like popcorn and sold in theaters. The meal left over after the oil is pressed out can be given to farm animals as feed or even be made into flour or meal for breads and cakes. Hemp has been a valuable commodity for mankind for more than 10,000 years, even before the advent of the wheel.    

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      by RMForbes on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 02:12:47 PM PST

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