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Hemp Vs. The Lumber Industry
Transcript of Hemp Vs. The Lumber Industry
- The lumber industry have always seen hemp as a viable alternative to their precious lumber, therefore they have bought out the industry and made it illegal in the name of personal interest. Hemp is on the comeback trail, with 14 states having recently legalized it despite its status as illegal on the federal level.
What's the verdict on Hemp?
While the timber industry can be very harmful to the environment, industrial hemp still faces some legal issues and cannot truly replace everything timber gives us, a healthy combination of the two industries could serve to mitigate damage to our cherished forests.
The Lumber Industry :
- Worth over 3 Billion Dollars
- There is over 90,000 jobs in the Lumber industry
- Over 11 million private contractors controlling close to 650 million acres of land used for the lumber.
- It is a highly competitive industry because of the high demand.
- Products: Lumber, Cellulose, and Pulp
- Hemp is a great producer of oils and fibers, with one acre of hemp typically yielding around 22 pounds of oil and 530 pounds of meal, while the same acre could also produce around 1,300 pounds of fiber.
- Hemp has shown potential as a source of biofuels, with a University of Connecticut study showing its high energy conversion rate and the ability to run at lower temperatures than any other biofuel on the market.
- Hemp has been a great source of paper for centuries (the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper) and can even be used to create building materials such as hemp concrete and hemp insulation.
- Hemp is also an excellent rotational crop with its short growing period and its ability to grow well on infertile soil while suppressing weeds and outbreaks of insect or disease problems.
Negatives of The Timber Industry
- Cultivating hemp for the same resources over clear cutting in our beloved National Forests prevents countless negative environmental impacts such as forest fires, loss of biodiversity and watershed damage.
- The timber industry claims that logging decreases risk of forest fires, but it removes the oldest, most fire resistant trees, and creates highly flammable debris known as slash.
Hemp Vs. The Lumber Industry
The Hemp Industry
Civil Disobedience vs.
Ben, Miles, Thomas, Dylan
Building Materials, Furniture, Flooring, Bark
Asphalt, paint, chewing gum, detergents, dinnerware, toilet seats, tool handles and cellophane, helmets, toothbrushes and electrical outlets
cleaning compounds, deodorants and hair spray,medicines and cosmetics. High-protein products used in baby foods, cereals, pet foods and baked goods.
Hemp farmers have been using civil disobedience, growing it illegally ever since its prohibition. The states that have legalized the growing of hemp still have to face the consequences of it being illegal federally. This is a good kind of civil disobedience because the people who grow hemp are standing by what they believe in peacefully and causing no destruction.