Miracle Crop, or Bust? 

Miracle Crop, or Bust? 
Posted by FoM on April 08, 1999 at 22:16:02 PT
We should be able to grow Hemp like Canada!
Source: Farm Industry News
Why should Canada and Europe supply U.S. companies with hemp when we could grow it here? Proponents of industrial hemp can get carried away, and it isn't hard to get caught up in their enthusiasm. Here's why. 
Hemp may be grown without expensive crop production inputs, including herbicides. Typically, large tap roots bore deeply into the ground to provide excellent soil aeration, and when the crop is rotted in the field, a nice layer of organic matter is added to the soil. Some agronomists are even suggesting that soybeans grown in a rotation following industrial hemp show a significant reduction in soybean cyst nematode. Because of its hardiness, hemp may be grown from Texas to northern Canada, in most types of soils, with little effort. Although growing hemp is illegal in this country, processing raw hemp into products is not. The number of products from hemp imported into the United States is staggering, so much so that some are calling hemp the "soybean of the new millennium." Environmentalists love it because the fibers are considered better for the manufacture of paper than wood fibers; they call it "treeless" paper. Hemp may be used in plastics (that biodegrade), textiles (carpets, jeans, shoes, rope, ship sails), paper and building materials, animal bedding, foods, technical products (paint, solvents, printing ink) and oil (shampoo, bath gels). "We show that some 25,000 different products can be made from industrial hemp," states Bud Sholtz, agricultural economist and chair of the North American Industrial Hemp Council (NAIHC) in Madison, WI. "We might have lost count. The list continues to grow." Please click above link for more about Hemp!
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