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Back to Chernobyl

Posted on April 10, 1999

Crops may one day be grown again in the contaminated soil surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant, if the ideas of Spanish, Ukrainian and American researchers pay off. The teams say that, over many years, simply mulching crops could drastically reduce radioactive contamination.

Structural changes in hemp fibers as a result of enzymatic hydrolysis with mixed enzyme systems

Posted on April 1, 1999

Hemp (Cannabis sativa) was most likely the first plant cultivated by mankind for its textile use. Fast growing and not very demanding as to climate, soil quality, and nutrients, hemp was farmed all over the world until its ban in the 1930s by most Western countries due to increasing drug-related problems.

Miracle crop, or bust?

Posted on April 1, 1999

Why should Canada and Europe supply US 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.

The latest buzz on hemp

Posted on March 15, 1999

U.S. farmers want the ban on cultivating the plant lifted. Times sure are tough for North Dakota farmers like David Monson. Last summer, Monson grimly tended his wheat, barley, and canola fields in Osnabrock and watched neighboring farms go bust. In the fall, his profit was a paltry $25 an acre. Meanwhile, 20 miles away, across the border in Canada, Brian McElroy had cut back on wheat and planted his first crop of industrial hemp. He earned $225 an acre.

High hopes for hemp

Posted on March 8, 1999

It was one of the more unusual displays at last summer’s Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress and Exposition in Detroit. There, among concept cars featuring the latest technology, were the Kenex Ltd. folks, showcasing side panels, armrests, dashboards and insulated RV and trailer walls made with hemp, a plant that had been banned in Canada for 60 years.

Hemp seed oil is poised to grow in flavor and fragrance markets

Posted on March 1, 1999

In 1998, Canada harvested its first commercial hemp crop in 60 years, and the viability of the plant as a raw material for flavors and fragrances is being explored. Though the fiber, nutraceutical and personal-care industries are set to profit most from this newly cultivated crop, its benefits to the flavor and fragrance community are the least developed and may offer the greatest potential.

Field of opportunity

Posted on March 1, 1999

Legal again after 60 years, hemp farming makes a comeback. Its May 1998 in southwestern Ontario and the sun has been shining warm and hard for two weeks straight. Farmers have thrown away their calendars, called it mid-June, and planted their crops early. In a bustling family restaurant surrounded by the large, well-groomed farms of Delaware, near London, Geof Kime is taking a dinner break.

Hempen history

Posted on March 1, 1999

By early October, several weeks later than usual — it had been a funny year for weather — the killing frosts finally arrived on the prairies and knocked off the lower leaves of the hemp. Sunshine followed the frost, drying the seed heads, which were then ready for harvesting.

Hemp on the go

Posted on January 1, 1999

Do you ever feel like your travel gear is missing something? Maybe that something is hemp! Artisan Gear offers a complete line of travel accessories woven in the U.S. from hemp fiber.

Hemp madness!

Posted on January 1, 1999

How a law-abiding plant has come into its own. Cannabis, or hemp (Cannabis sativa, C. indica), is an annual member of the Cannabinaceae family, which includes hops (Humulus lupulus), and is native to Asia. The authors of Is Marijuana the Right Medicine for You? define hemp as ‘marijuana’s nonpsychoactive cousin.’ While hemp has no psychoactive properties, like marijuana it is illegal to grow or possess raw hemp in the U.S.