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Industrial hemp described as big emerging agricultural product

Posted on January 1, 1998

The cultivation and production of industrial hemp is an emerging billion-dollar business that’s poised to become a significant part ofthe agricultural industry, according to organizers of The Commercial & Industrial Hemp Symposium II, to be held Feb. 18 and I9 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.

Hemp Horizons

Posted on December 1, 1997

Roulac, author of the immensely popular Backyard Composting (1991), is working hard to revive commercial cultivation of hemp, a wonder plant once widely grown in the U.S. but long discouraged by the government for no good reason. Roulac explains very clearly that hemp is not, as so many people assume, the same plant as marijuana; it is a nonnarcotic variety that is amazingly versatile and nutritional, environmentally sound, and potentially very profitable.

Using forest plantations to spare natural forests

Posted on December 1, 1997

In 1990, forests and other wooded lands (a category that includes natural open woodlands, natural closed forests, and tree plantations) covered 40 percent, or 5.1 billion hectares, of the Earth’s surface. Forests alone accounted for 3.4 billion hectares. Such lands have always been important to people, providing food, building materials, and other resources for our use. They also play a key role in the Earth’s biosphere, affecting the atmosphere, the water cycle, the carbon cycle and other biogeochemical cycles, and erosion.

Hemp: Historic fiber remains controversial

Posted on November 1, 1997

Use of hemp in yarns and fabrics grows as debate ensues over legalizing U.S. cultivation of the versatile plant. Hemp is a great deal more than just an alternative textile fiber. It is one of the few plants whose byproducts can either be eaten, sat on, written on, worn, slathered on your body, painted on a wall or squirted into a machine. It is also the subject of a worldwide controversy that involves such disparate factions as farmers, government enforcement agencies, environmentalists, supporters of legalized drugs and manufacturers of textile, food and paper products.

Turning over an old leaf

Posted on September 1, 1997

One of the world’s largest agricultural crops until the late 1800s, hemp is not only the plant from which marijuana is derived, it is also thought to be the first cultivated plant. Indeed, hemp fiber, harvested from the Cannibis sativa plant, is famous for its versatility, and is found in everything from the first American flag, to paper, oil and rope.

Coming to America: It’s high time for hemp’s return

Posted on August 1, 1997

An American cash crop until 1937, industrial hemp is now illegal to grow in the United States. Raw and processed fibers are imported from Eastern Europe and China. Currently under censure from the U.S. textile and apparel industry for violations of trade and human rights agreements, China continues to reap the benefits of this fiber — while the United States remains the only industrialized nation that is not growing hemp.

Clothing arguments

Posted on July 1, 1997

Can the fashion-conscious have an eco-conscience? Designer Isaac Mizrahi would probably say yes, given that the dresses in his fall collection are accented with recycled furs. So would Giorgio Armani — he created the hemp tux Woody Harrelson wore to this year’s Oscars.

Tree free botanical of plant fibers

Posted on July 1, 1997

Bamboo is a grass. It is the second most widely used non-wood fiber on the planet (six percent of global plant fiber production), whose bioattributes just about equal those of pine. Like hemp, bamboo is easy to cultivate and is well known to farmers. Its wondrous versatility in building construction forces bamboo paper lovers to compete with builders for the stems.

Hemp: Controversial energy drink gets go-ahead for launch in the UK

Posted on June 12, 1997

Hemp: Controversial energy drink gets go-ahead for launch in the UK. Hemp, the energy drink containing extract from the male cannabis plant, has finally gained approval from the Home Office.

Grown in the USA?

Posted on June 1, 1997

Americans are used to steeping in the irrational juices of their haphazard legal culture. A vintage crock is simmering over the issue of hemp cultivation. Begin with a good stock of muddy history, throw a revitalized back-to-the-land ethos permeating the mainstream, and you have the base for the policy dish that is ‘industrial hemp.’ What is at stake is not whether there will be a commerce in hemp products in the United States. That is already happening. The question is whether American farmers will participate.