Friday, October 11, 2013

Hemp - The most useful crop in the world is illegal. That is a crime against humanity.

Dear Gerhardt,  
Hemp is such a versatile material 
that it literally threatened a handful 
of businesses, which colluded to make 
it illegal in the US during the late 
1930s but up until then, it was 
cultivated freely for its many uses. 

It produces a superior diesel to that 
drilled from the ground. One acre of 
hemp produces the same amount of 
a superior paper to that produced by 
4 acres of trees. 

Prior to its being made illegal, it was 
used in the production of paint, which 
was non-toxic, unlike the petroleum-
based paints with which it was replaced. 
Hemp can be used to make a resilient 
plastic: The list of uses derived from 
the hemp plant is virtually infinite.

In 1938, Popular Mechanics magazine 
ran an article called "New Billion-Dollar 
Crop." This was the first time that the 
words "billion-dollar" had been used to 
describe a US agricultural product.

Popular Mechanics said, "A machine has 
been invented that solves a problem 
over 6,000 years old. The machine is 
designed to remove the fiber-bearing 
cortex from the rest of the stalk, making 
hemp fiber available for us use without a 
prohibitive amount of human labor. 

Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. 
It has great tensile strength and durability. 
It is used to produce over 5,000 textile 
products, ranging from rope to fine laces - 
and the woody [materials] remaining after 
the fiber has been removed contain 77% 
cellulose and ca be used to produce more 
than 25,000 products, ranging from 
dynamite to cellophane."
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