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Green Party Senate Candidate Announces New Forest Platform and Job Plan

Posted on September 5, 2000

Medea Benjamin, Green Party Candidate for US Senate in California, today released her detailed plan for resolving the issues of logging on National Forestlands, supporting Forest Stewardship Council certification for the state’s private lands, and creating permanent, high-wage jobs in the non-tree paper and pulp industries.

Woody funds pulp

Posted on August 31, 2000

Actor Woody Harrelson has invested two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in a non-wood pulp mill proposed for Manitoba. If the project — using straw from oats, flax, wheat and, eventually, hemp to make paper — proceeds, it would be the first of its kind in North America.

University of Minnesota researchers seek paper-making alternatives

Posted on March 13, 2000

One of the most useful and intriguing materials on earth is being run through the mill of change. Paper is used by nearly everyone, every day. But as the Internet increasingly becomes a primary source of information, the need for paper in the 21st century is called into question.

Softness slows enviro-paper shipments

Posted on October 1, 1998

North America is awash in paper. The unfavorable currency situation and financial crisis in Asia is drawing tons of paper to our shores. Uncoated freesheet imports are up 30% (from Canada, Asia, and Brazil), and coated paper is up 10% (from Europe and Asia). Mills have done a good job of curbing inventory, but it has not been enough to keep prices firm.

Alternative crops to ease lumber shortage

Posted on September 28, 1998

Three unusual crops may be the answer to a lumber shortage expected to have a large impact on the building and paper industries in a few years. Duane Johnson, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension alternative crops specialist developed products from pulps derived from three crops-kenaf, sunn hemp and sesbania.

Bamboo paper is not forest-friendly

Posted on July 1, 1998

As public interest in “tree-free” paper has grown, some companies within the pulp and paper industry have seized upon tropical bamboo as a “green” alternative to virgin wood fiber. but industrial use of tropical bamboo, combined with an escalating global paper demand, threatens what remains of the world’s last intact bamboo forests.

Pliny’s laughing leaf

Posted on July 1, 1998

Now American Liberty League was made when I was born, They strangled hemp for plastics dawn. Their profits fuelled foul biocide And Wannsee’s manic genocide. Technotic hubris culls creation: Raise commons hemp, ’tis our salvation. At the heart of this Ecologist you will now find a representation of that laughing leaf of antiquity: the watermark of our Treefree hemp content, long-life paper.

Legalize hemp

Posted on April 1, 1998

There is no magic bullet solution to the dilemma of how to protect the world’s forests. It is clear, however, that forest-preservation strategies — in the United States and around the world — must go beyond efforts to set aside land in national or privately run parks.

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: Specialty Crop for the Paper Industry

Posted on August 21, 1997

In 1994 a four year research program to evaluate the feasability of the cultivation of hemp (Cannabis sativa L., Cannabinaceae) as a raw material source for the paper industry was finalized. Three aspects, primary production, pulp processing, and paper production, based on an integrated chain model from farm to factory were studied.