Deforestation, Global Warming...
On the horizon a durable, renewable resource looms...
"Scientists estimate that by 2030 there will only be 10% of forests remaining, with another 10% in a degraded condition. 80% will have been lost, and with them hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable species." ~wikipedia, "Deforestation"
It is an industry that is already being tapped all over the world in Canada, China, India... yet!!
In 1996, the US imported $1.4 mil of hemp and hemp products.!!
HEMP EXPORTS: 0$ Because Hemp is ILLEGAL to Grow in the US...
United States is the only industrialized nation that prohibits its farmers from growing this incredible cash crop. Federal law concedes the safety of industrial hemp by allowing it to be legally imported for use as food, yet all hemp included in products sold in the United States must be imported instead of being grown by American farmers.
Although individual seeds or plants of hemp are difficult to
distinguish from marijuana, fields of cannabis grown for hemp fiber are easily distinguished from
those grown for marijuana because of plant spacing.
Although many states have already legalized hemp, the federal government prohibition on hemp cultivation, which began in 1970, continues to deprive us of jobs and economic growth. This senseless restriction needs to be lifted to help our farmers, and to get our economy back on track.
Hemp is Taxable income the US is missing out on every day! It will create Ag Jobs, grow the economy and reduce import costs.
It's several times stronger than cotton. It's more resistant to abrasion and tears. It's more resistant to mildew, soiling, shrinkage and the deteriorating effects of the sun.
Hemp grows throughout the world without pesticides or herbicides and naturally fertilizes the soil for future crops.
Hemp can be cultivated in as little as 100 days compared to the 50-500 years it can take to grow a tree.
Hemp can be used for Building Materials, Nutrition, Cordage, Paper, Composite Plastic, Fuel, Textiles, Health and Beauty and more!
ALLOW MISSOURI FARMERS to GROW HEMP!