I support the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 (H.R. 525 & S. 359) and I hope you will too. Please do all you can to ensure this important legislation is passed. Industrial Hemp will create jobs, stimulate the economy, lower carbon, and create many ecological products made in America.
FACTS: Here is an interesting and
enlightening assortment of hemp facts:
1) Hemp is among the oldest industries on the
planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the
beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of
the World states that the oldest relic of human
industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to
approximately 8,000 BC.
2) Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew
hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp
during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. The
federal government subsidized hemp during the
Second World War and U.S. farmers grew about a
million acres of hemp as part of that program.
3) Hemp seed is nutritious and contains more
essential fatty acids than any other source, is
second only to soybeans in complete protein (but
is more digestible by humans), is high in B-vitamins,
and is a good source of dietary fiber. Hemp seed
is not psychoactive and cannot be used as a drug.
4) The bark of the hemp stalk contains bast fibers,
which are among the Earth's longest natural soft
fibers and are also rich in cellulose. The cellulose
and hemi-cellulose in its inner woody core are
called hurds. Hemp stalk is not psychoactive.
Hemp fiber is longer, stronger, more absorbent
and more insulative than cotton fiber.
5) According to the Department of Energy, hemp
as a biomass fuel producer requires the least
specialized growing and processing procedures
of all hemp products. The hydrocarbons in hemp
can be processed into a wide range of biomass
energy sources, from fuel pellets to liquid fuels
and gas. Development of bio-fuels could significantly
reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and nuclear
6) Hemp can be grown organically. Only eight,
out of about one hundred known pests, cause problems,
and hemp is most often grown without herbicides,
fungicides or pesticides. Hemp is also a natural
weed suppressor due to fast growth of the canopy.
7) Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber
on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every
quality of paper. Hemp paper manufacturing can
reduce waste water contamination. Hemp's low lignin
content reduces the need for acids used in pulping,
and its creamy color lends itself to environmentally-friendly
bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds.
Less bleaching results in less dioxin and fewer
8) Hemp fiber paper resists decomposition, and
does not yellow with age when an acid-free process
is used. Hemp paper more than 1,500 years old
has been found. Hemp paper can also be recycled
more times than wood-based paper.
9) Hemp fiberboard produced by Washington State
University was found to be twice as strong as
wood-based fiberboard. No additional resins are
required due to naturally-occurring lignins.
10) Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products. Research is being done to use hemp in manufacturing biodegradable plastic products: plant-based cellophane, recycled plastic mixed with hemp for injection-molded products, and resins made from the oil, to name a very few examples. Over two million cars on the road today have hemp composite parts for door panels, dashboards, luggage racks, etc.
The U.S. is the only industrialized
nation in the world that does not recognize the
value of industrial hemp and permit its production.
Below is a list of other countries that are more
rational when it comes to hemp policy. Let's change that by passing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.
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Industrial Hemp will create jobs, stimulate the economy, lower carbon, and create many ecological products made in America. Contact your Reps in the House to support H.R. 525, the "Industrial...
Industrial Hemp will create jobs, stimulate the economy, lower carbon, and create many ecological products made in America. Contact your Reps in the House to support H.R. 525, the "Industrial Hemp
Farming Act of 2013" and in the Senate to support companion bill S.