1. One acre of hemp
can produce as much usable fiber as 4 acres of trees or two acres of
2. Hemp paper is
longer lasting than wood pulp, stronger, acid-free, and chlorine free.
(Chlorine is estimated to cause up to 10% of all Cancers.) Hemp paper
can be recycled 7 times, wood pulp 4 times. Hemp fabric requires fewer
chemicals than cotton and is stronger and longer lasting.
3. 5-10,000 Cancer
related deaths are caused yearly from pesticide use. Cotton uses as
much as 40% of all agricultural pesticides. Hemp uses no pesticides
and crowds out weeds without herbicides.
4. Cotton has a
drinking problem...extensive water subsidies. Hemp requires less water
than cotton and grows in cooler climates.
5. Hemp should be
worth $500 per acre if used for low end products such as particle board.
If higher use products can be developed such as specialty paper and
fabrics, the value could be even greater.
6. Hemp is an excellent
rotation crop: it crowds out weeds and its deep tap roots break up hard
7. Hemp particle
board may be up to 2 times stronger than wood particleboard and holds
8. Low-THC fiber
hemp varieties developed by the French and others have been available
for over 20 years. It is impossible to get high from fiber hemp. Over
600,000 acres of hemp is grown worldwide with no drug misuse problem.
9. In 1941 Henry
Ford built a plastic car made of fiber from hemp and wheat straw. Anything
made from a hydrocarbon can be made from a carbohydrate. The 21st century
should be the era of the carbohydrate (sustainable agricultural products.)
Hemp plastic is biodegradable, synthetic plastic is not.
10. Hemp is the
world's most versatile fiber. Almost any product that can be made from
wood, cotton, or petroleum (including plastics) can be made from hemp.
There are more than 25,000 known uses for hemp!
-- Three cheers for former Gov. Louie B. Nunn and like-minded folks
for their support of the production and use of industrial hemp. The
illogical and unrealistic reasons for not growing hemp should be set
aside now, as this crop will be a wonderful economic boon for Kentucky.
Hemp and its products are environmentally sound, cannot be abused and
can be put to multiple uses, saving the destruction of trees and other
State and federal legislators and law enforcement officials need to
put aside their misconceptions and expedite the use of this versatile
crop. If we do so, Kentucky stands to be at the forefront of a new economic
boon, with Kentucky farmers literally and figuratively reaping the benefits.
Greg Davis, The Lexington Herald-Leader