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Cannabis Sativa hemp species is grown specifically for industrial uses.
Hemp is an easy crop to grow and will yield about 4 tons biomass per acre. It growns in any type of soil. Has a short growing season; needs two thirds less water required in cotton growing, and is naturally resistant to drought and pests. Deep roots prevent erosion, penetrate and break the soil to leave it in perfect condition for the next year's crop. The dense growth and leaf canopy, eight to twelve feet above the ground, choke out weeds. Two successive crops are enough to reclaim land that has been abandoned because of Canadian thistles or quack grass.
The USDA reported in 1916 that an acre of hemp produced as much paper as four acres of trees annually, yet 70% of American forests have been destroyed since 1916.
Deforestation is a problem. All primary forests in Europe, and most in North America have been destroyed. Keeping trees alive and standing is necessary to our oxygen supply and well-being. Trees provide the infrastructure that keeps microbes, insects, plants, fungi, etc., alive. The older and bigger the tree, the better for the environment it is.
Deforestation has released an estimated 120 billion tons of CO2 into the air.
3 million tons of chlorine, a major source of carcinogen dioxin, is dumped into our waterways each year from paper companies. Every woman alive today carries some trace of dioxin in her breast milk. Dioxin is considered one of the most toxic substances ever produced = cancer, liver failure, miscarriage, birth defects, and genetic damage.
Hemp paper doesn’t require toxic bleaching chemicals. It can be whitened with hydrogen peroxide, which doesn’t poison waterways as chloride and bleach--the chemicals used in making wood pulp paper--do.