Hemp produces 20 barrels of oil per acre. This oil can be used as biodiesel fuel, food and/or food supplement or lubricating oil. Corn only produces about five barrels per acre. Hemp doesn’t require the poisonous insecticides, herbicides or etcetera-cides as do corn or soybeans. Hemp keeps the soil in good condition, even without crop rotation. Hemp is not psychoactive; you can not get high off of industrial Hemp as the genetics just aren’t there to develop the cannabinoids found in Marijuana, though the plants are related. Law enforcement should be able to determine the difference between the two as Hemp grows tall and spindly whereas Marijuana grows shorter and bushier.
Products, in addition to the above, range from methanol fuel, through paper products, fiber products (such as clothing and fire hose), biodegradable plastics, and building materials that are far superior to most that we use today. Indiana would be ideal to take a big bite of the Hemp market, especially in terms of building materials. Hemcrete, a concrete block substitute, is made from a blend of Hemp fiber, Hemp hurds (pulp), water and lime. Indiana has more lime than we know what to do with, and our climate and soil is ideal for Hemp.
This is a short clip of Hemp being harvested in Manitoba, Canada just a couple of months ago. This could be Indiana.
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