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Growing industrial hemp on just 6% of American lands would produce 100% of our energy needs. We don't need one drop of stinking fossil fuels. Heep seed oil is an excellent biodiesel which produces far less harmful pollution into our atmosphere, 80% less carbon dioxide and almost no sulfur emissions. Hemp produces 40% more ethanol than corn per acre and it grows in marginal soils actually improving soil quality when used as a rotation crop. Hemp requires almost no fertilizer and absolutely no pesticides compared to corn which is the top consumer of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in American agriculture. Industrial hemp grows quickly, maturing in as little as 100 days and produces 4 times a year, enough biomass to produce all our electrical generation needs with far less pollution and with industry creating additional beneficial byproducts.

The University of Missouri estimates that an average-size metropolitan area production of 100 million gallons of biodiesel fuel could generate $8.34million in personal income and 6000 temporary and permanent jobs. (Ref: National Biodiesel Board)

   
Until 1883, 75-90% of all paper in the U.S. was made with hemp.

Hemp seed was the # 1-selling bird feed; 4 million pounds were sold in the U.S. in 1937.

In the mid-to-late 1800′s the 2nd & 3rd most commonly used medications were concentrated cannabis extracts and resins (a.k.a. hashish).

A bridge in the south of France dated at 500-700 A.D. was built with a mixture of hemp.

In 1941 Henry Ford built a car with a plastic made from hemp and wheat straw.

Until 1937 70-90% of all rope and twine was made with hemp.

Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp on their plantations.

In 1850 the U.S. Census reported 8,327 hemp plantation of at least 2000 acres in size. Not counted were thousands of smaller crops.

The original Levi Strauss jeans were made from hemp.

In 1942 the U.S. government strongly encouraged hemp cultivation to help with the war effort, going so far as to produce a film entitled “Hemp For Victory“.

The version of the Declaration of Independence released on July 4, 1776 was written on hemp. (Ref: Hemp.com)

The entire hemp plant is useful and could replace the need to deforest our nation for wood pulp to create paper and building materials. Hemp produces better quality paper than wood pulp and can be combined into recycled wood pulp to increase the strength and durability of new paper products. The long strong hemp fiber can be pressed into fiberboard and studs for construction materials that are heat, mildew, pest, light, and rot resistant. Termites will not eat durable hemp fibers. One acre of hemp produces 4 times the usable paper pulp than an acre of old growth forest which takes 50 to 100 times long to replenish. Hemp produces twice the usable fiber than cotton per acre and textiles made with hemp last longer are liter in weight and warmer than cotton.
Hemp seeds contain natures perfect balance of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids and complex proteins needed by our bodies, making hemp seeds the closest to a perfect sustenance food source. Hemp seed oil has a lite nutty flavor that is an even healthier cooking choice than extra virgin olive oil. Hemp seed oil also produces excellent and healthy soaps, cosmetics, shampoos and lotions. There are many of these products already available in Americans stores but they are now mostly imported from Europe and Canada which do not have ridiculous laws prohibiting growing this most valuable commodity.
Textiles produced with hemp fiber are even softer, stronger, last longer and more absorbent than cotton. Cotton production uses only slightly less chemical fertilizers and pesticides than the top consumers corn and soy. Hemp produces twice the usable fiber per acre than cotton without the chemicals. A fine linen like cloth can easily be made with hemp fiber that wears 3 times as long as cotton with the feel of cotton fleece.

Hemp, like flax (linen) is one of the best fibers. When weaving with hemp yarns, you can treat it like a linen yarn, using similar setts. It improves and softens with age. Hemp is also mildew resistant, making it an excellent yarn for towels, bath linens and carpet warp as well as in fine table linens and clothing. I hope that you will give it a try. (source: Hemp.com)
 
If our congress critters were actually serious about job creation in the private sector they would remove all the arcane barriers to production of the most valuable commodity which would very easily end our dependence to foreign oil.  

For those wanting links and more information on the 6% claim.
United States Fact Sheet: US agriculture
Total Land Area in the Continental United States is 2,263,994,361 acres [3,536,294 square miles] 6% of this total land area is 135,659,662 acres. Hemp yields about 10 tons per acre every 100 days to 4 months or 1,356,596,620 tons of total hemp biomass at least twice a year, 3 times a year in southern climates.
Hemp biomass conversions
There are several ways to convert biomass into usable energy including direct combustion to create steam. Assuming that most of the biomass is converted to cleaner fuels first and we subtract the weight from the total biomass for all the other uses before converting we are still talking close to a trillion and a half tons of hemp for fuel conversion. Ethanol conversion rates vary from low of 25 gallons a ton to as much as 100 gallons a ton with modern conversion techniques. Lets use 50 gallon a ton as an educated estimate, that's around 750 trillion gallons of ethanol a year which is more than all the gasoline used in 2010 which was just over 125 trillion gallons. Ethanol is not as energy concentrated as gasoline so the ethanol would require reforming and concentrating to yield fuel mileage rates like gasoline. Still enough hemp fuel could be created and still have enough hemp biomass left to produce methane for electrical generation.
Taking all the hemp seed oil which yields about 15 gallons per ton of hemp seed and hemp seeds account for 28% of the hemp total biomass weight then converting hemp oil only into biodiesel would produce about 12 trillion gallons of high quality biodiesel a year. Significant amounts indeed but hemp seed oil can also be used as heating oil without conversion into biodiesel too. The great thing about hemp is it's totally biodegradable, if you spill hemp biodiesel or heating oil, it does not become a hazardous waste indecent. It's just like spilling cooking oil.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

    by RMForbes on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 09:19:55 AM PDT

  •  Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidenc (6+ / 0-)
    Growing industrial hemp on just 6% of American lands would produce 100% of our energy needs.

    Break it down.  Provide peer-reviewed cites of actual biofuel production rates.  Demonstrate that low-energy hemp commercial uses provide significant energy savings at competitive quality levels.

    Show your work.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 09:58:43 AM PDT

    •  i love the idea of legal hemp (1+ / 0-)
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      but i must say, your queries are spot on.  We have heard the wonders of Cannabis for a while, but the author does need to provide some citations if such bold claims are to be made.
      Still, if the %s claimed are even 50% off, legalization of industrial hemp will be nothing but beneficial to the US economy.  I'm still somewhat skeptical of bio-fuels as a long-term solution, but at the moment, anything that has a lower carbon footprint than petros and doesn't take food off the market, is a bonus.

    •  This is where I got it (0+ / 0-)
      Hemp as a Profitable Crop

          Hemp is cold hardy, able to withstand even NH winters.
          Hemp is pest resistant ( except from the 2-legged kind)
          Hemp is drought resistant
          It is estimated that if 6% of the continental U.S. planted with hemp would provide for all national energy needs.
          Hemp has a production rate of up to 10 tons per acre, every 4 months.
          1 acre of usable hemp fiber is equal to the usable fiber of 4 acres of trees or 2 acres of cotton.
          Trees mature in 50-100 years; hemp matures in as little as 100 days.
          The University of Missouri estimates that an average-size metropolitan area production of 100 million gallons of biodiesel fuel could generate $8.34million in personal income and 6000 temporary and permanent jobs. (Ref: National Biodiesel Board)
          In 1776 a hemp shirt cost .50 cents to $1.00; a cotton shirt cost $100-$200

      http://www.hemp.com/...

      A bio-diesel fuel is one made from hemp oil, vegetable oil, or other animal fat(see hemp fuel). The original idea was developed in 1895 by Dr. Rudolph Diesel, who developed the first engine than ran on vegetable oil. He demonstrated the engine at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, France, running the engine on peanut oil.
      Hemp can be blended with diesel fuel in any ratio or used alone.
      Biodiesel fuel is the only alternative fuel that can be used as-is, in any UN-modified diesel engine.
      The increased use of biodiesel fuels would reduce dependence on foreign sources while increasing national agricultural jobs and revenues.
      The flashpoint of petroleum fuel is 125 degrees Fahrenheit while the flashpoint of biodiesel fuels is 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
      Biodiesel fuels have been used successfully in Europe for over 20 years.

      http://www.hemp.com/...

      Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

      by RMForbes on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 10:39:36 AM PDT

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      •  None of it is evidence of your claims. (0+ / 0-)
        •  Sorry for the delay (1+ / 0-)
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          I spilled a drink on my keyboard and destroyed it. I had to go buy a new one. I will edit my diary as soon as I can find the total land area in acres of continental America. I also need to find out how much hemp seed oil is extracted from an acre of hemp and how much ethanol/methanol each acre yields. But the bottom line is hemp can replace almost everything we now use petroleum to produce in a cleaner and more planet friendly way.  

          Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

          by RMForbes on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 03:20:55 PM PDT

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          •  Why not sugarcane then? That seems to be (0+ / 0-)

            pretty good for that as well. Or other oil-producing plants like soybeans? I have no problem with growing hemp but your claims seem exaggerated.

            •  No it's not exaggerated. (0+ / 0-)

              The hemp plant is quite unique it is 85% usable cellulose which can produce as much as 100 gallons of ethanol per ton of hemp biomass.

              Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

              by RMForbes on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 07:37:06 PM PDT

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              •  Hemp farming is legal in Canada and (0+ / 0-)

                somehow it didn't magically transform Canadian economy.

                http://biodieselmagazine.com/...

                •  Actually Canada still has just a limited pilot (0+ / 0-)

                  program, but just one customer here in California imports 20 tons of hemp seed oil from Canada to create their very popular soaps, cosmetics and lotions. Canada has not developed the fuel or textiles from hemp which they have in northern Europe and Australia.

                  Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

                  by RMForbes on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 09:51:01 PM PDT

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                  •  I'm not sure why you call it a pilot program. (0+ / 0-)

                    Any Canadian farmer can grow hemp if they want.

                    http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/...

                    •  I guess you didn't read the link (0+ / 0-)

                      The second paragraph.

                      Effective March 12, 1998, the commercial production (including cultivation) of industrial hemp is now permitted in Canada, under licenses and authorization, issued by Health Canada. This action was prompted by several years of field research and lobbying by the agricultural and business community. Prior to 1998, there were only a handful of licenses issued to grow industrial hemp in Canada. In 1998, the first year after Health Canada opened up the licensing process, 241 licenses were issued. These licensees grew almost 2 370 hectares (5,857 acres) of hemp for industrial use. In 1999, the number of applications to grow hemp jumped dramatically to 545 with the area of hemp production increasing six-fold to nearly 14 031 hectares (34,657 acres). It looked as though the industrial hemp was well on its way to becoming the "Cinderella" crop in Canada. However, events in the summer of 1999, i.e., the demise of the perspective hemp processing company in Manitoba, changed the outlook for hemp production in Canada

                      Without a commitment to processing the raw materials any crop would rot in the fields.

                      Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

                      by RMForbes on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 11:44:02 AM PDT

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  •  I keep hoping scotch broom will catch on... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...as a biofuel.  Or, as a Chinese aphrodisiac.  Either option would eradicate it.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Ghandi

    by DaveinBremerton on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 10:01:06 AM PDT

  •  Yes, please, providing links to back up your (1+ / 0-)
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    claims would go a long way to getting more eyes on your work.

    Could you provide us with a list of your resources on this subject?

    And by the way, hemp roots provide a beautiful, clear yellow die that is hard-fast.  Just sayin'...

    "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." Ernest Hemingway

    by Got a Grip on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 10:02:36 AM PDT

  •  CA just passed (3+ / 0-)
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    a bill (yet to be signed into law) to regulate hemp farming. Go CA!!!

    •  Yes, now is the time to organize. (0+ / 0-)

      There are at least 25,000 products that can be produced from hemp. We need to first develop the hemp processing plants that separate the seeds for oil from the paper pulp and strong durable fibers for cordage and textiles. These raw materials then need to be shipped to factories to convert the raw materials to fuel, oil, plastics , textiles and cordage for sale to those that would turn these products into closer to retail sale. This will take some organization and will add hundreds of thousands of new jobs and business opportunities to our state if not millions. This could easily add as much an another billion dollars to our state economy.

      Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

      by RMForbes on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 08:47:45 PM PDT

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  •  Strong diary; it'll be even stronger (0+ / 0-)

    with links added as an update.

  •  Hemp saved my life in college. (1+ / 0-)
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    RMForbes

    At least I though so at the time.  

    PS:  Good flax reference.  When I was a kid, you could pass any geography test on South America by listing flax as one of any number of country's export products.  

    Flax, tin, copper, antimony, sisal, hemp, rubber........

    I had no clue what they used any of this for until I got to college.  Then I figured out how a poor country could make money exporting hemp.  

    Assent- and you are sane- Demur- you’re straightway dangerous- And handled with a Chain- - Emily Dickinson

    by SpamNunn on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 11:12:20 AM PDT

  •  Btw, what does 6% of US land translate to (1+ / 0-)
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    as a percentage of the land suitable for agriculture?

    •  Since just over 40% of our land is farmland (1+ / 0-)
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      Then 6% of our total land would be 15% of all farmland. However, hemp will also grow in marginal soils that may not currently being used as farmland. Hemp does condition soil and prevents soil erosion. Hemp stands were used until the marijuana hysteria to support earthen levies because of the deep thick mass root structure the plant sets in the soil.

      Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

      by RMForbes on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 07:59:25 PM PDT

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  •  have a look at henry ford's (1+ / 0-)
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    car built with and running on hemp.

    One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork. Edward Abbey

    by elkhunter on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 11:32:16 AM PDT

  •  Hemp can sequester serious CO2 (2+ / 0-)
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    SoCaliana, RMForbes

    If the harvested hemp fiber were incorporated into concrete (also called hempcrete), then this CO2 would be taken out of the atmosphere for a long time.

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