Hemp can save the world! Humans have been cultivating hemp for thousands of years.
Hemp could provide fuel for your farm tractor and your car. Hemp oil (the oil extracted from hemp seeds) can be used to make biofuel (biodiesel). This fuel can be used for your farm tractor and other equipment like your generator and fossil fuel powered lawn tools. It’s a great alternative to fossil fuels there is, hands down, second only to algae, maybe.
Industrial hemp production on a large scale will reduce carbon since hemp removes 4x the carbon per acre than trees. Hemp also can be made into thousands of different products we use every day from clothing and textiles, to paper, and even building materials like insulation and hemp infused bricks and blocks. Hemp fibers make the blocks stronger and more durable as well.
“…SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 26
WHEREAS, agriculture is an ever-changing and ever-expanding industry; and
WHEREAS, in order to survive and make a living in today’s market environment, farmers must continue to expand the uses of their products and to find ways to enhance the competitiveness of their farms through the development of new agricultural products; and
WHEREAS, the production of industrial hemp could provide Missouri farmers an additional alternative product; and
WHEREAS, hemp was one of the first plants to be cultivated by humans, more than 12,000 years ago; and
WHEREAS, paper was invented using hemp in China more than 2,000 years ago; and
WHEREAS, hemp was widely grown as a cash crop in Colonial America and was even used to pay taxes. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, and it was turned into paper at a mill owned by Benjamin Franklin; and
WHEREAS, two of the most important documents in the history of the United States, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, were drafted on hemp paper; and
WHEREAS, Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run on hemp oil; and
WHEREAS, an acre of hemp produces four times as much paper as an acre of trees and produces an acid-free paper that lasts 1,500 years compared to wood-based paper’s shelf-life of 25 to 100 years; and
WHEREAS, hemp is naturally pest and disease resistant and therefore grows without the use of pesticides or herbicides; and
WHEREAS, the roots of hemp penetrate the soil nine to 14 inches deep, bringing subsoil nutrients to the surface and protecting the soil from erosion; and
WHEREAS, hemp produces one of the strongest natural fibers and will produce 10 times more fiber per acre per year than a fully mature forest. It takes 300 years for a forest to grow while a hemp crop matures once a year; and
WHEREAS, the production of industrial hemp does not interfere with the regulation of controlled substances in Missouri since industrial hemp contains a very low THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannobinol) level and is harvested before reaching that low level. In addition, a permit is required from the federal drug enforcement agency before research can proceed; and
WHEREAS, the University of Missouri Research facility is one of the premier agricultural research facilities in the nation; and
WHEREAS, the development and use of industrial hemp could be in the best interests of the state economy and agriculture in that industrial hemp may be used for the manufacture of rope, sacks, batts, yarn, paper, composite materials, thread, cordage, cloth and other such products as may be made from the fiber or sterilized seed as have been or which may be developed;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Missouri Senate of the Eighty-eighth General Assembly, the House of Representatives concurring therein, that the University of Missouri be authorized to grow industrial hemp so as to conduct research on commercial uses for industrial hemp; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University of Missouri submit an annual report of its findings to each successive General Assembly by January 1st; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to prepare on hemp paper a properly inscribed copy of this Resolution for the Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri.
On behalf of President Pro Tem Mathewson, Senator Banks referred the above concurrent resolution to the Committee on Rules, Joint Rules and Resolutions…”
Journal of the Senate
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
FIFTY-THIRD DAY–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 1996
Cannabis sativa illustration.
3 different species of cannabis. Hemp is in the Sativa family.
Professor Richard Parnas, of University of Connecticut, said…
“For sustainable fuels, often it comes down to a question of food versus fuel,”
“It’s equally important to make fuel from plants that are not food, but also won’t need the high-quality land.”
“…“If someone is already growing hemp they might be able to produce enough fuel to power their whole farm with the oil from the seeds they produce. The fact that a hemp industry already exists means that a hemp biodiesel industry would need little additional investment,…”
Hemp energy is a reality.
“…Growing hemp is easier than many other plants. The plant is efficient, bred to improve quality, yield, stress tolerance and decreased cost per ton. Furthermore, hemp grows quickly while also requiring less energy and fertilizer, and doesn’t require chemicals after planting. It can even help the farm by breaking the disease cycle of other crops. Sica considers it “a perfect crop to offset the carbon currently produced by fossil fuels.” ~HowStuffWorks – Hemp Energy: Sounds like a joke, but it’s not!
The U.S. government Department of Energy says…
“…Hemp insulation is relatively unknown and not commonly used in the United States. Its R-value (about R-3.5 per inch of thickness) is similar to other fibrous insulation types…” ~Department of Energy
“…Hemp’s R-value, which measures a material’s resistance to heat flow, is also good and similar to other fibrous insulation products — about R-3.5 per inch of thickness…” ~HowStuffWorks
With all the uses of industrial hemp, there’s NO REASON we shouldn’t be using it today.
In fact, it’s just plain stupid not to.