Originally Posted by Rohirrim
Actually, probably not.
I guess it won't replace paper either. Or plastics. The cost of processing it is too high:
The cost of hemp pulp is approximately six times that of wood pulp, mostly because of the small size and outdated equipment of the few hemp processing plants in the Western world, and because hemp is harvested once a year (during August) and needs to be stored to feed the mill the whole year through. This storage requires a lot of (mostly manual) handling of the bulky stalk bundles. Another issue is that the entire hemp plant cannot be economically prepared for paper production. While the wood products industry uses nearly 100% of the fiber from harvested trees, only about 25% of the dried hemp stem — the bark, called bast — contains the long, strong fibers desirable for paper production. All this accounts for a high raw material cost. Hemp pulp is bleached with hydrogen peroxide, a process today also commonly used for wood pulp. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp
That's a shame. It might be part of a solution. They are using it as an ingredient in car body parts, replacing some plastics.
We could use it to reduce the amount of cotton we grow. It seems as though its use as a textile is about the most cost effective.
Of course, you're wrong, as usual.
Did anyone even bother to look at the garbage blog Ro linked? It's a blog, some sh*t for brains liberal blog, the guy doesnt know sh*t from shinola.
Harvested once a year? Only the bark can be used in paper production? This guy is a regular Hurst ass kisser.
1 acre of trees can take anywhere from 50 to 500 years to grow enough to be used for paper. 1 acre of hemp can be cultivated within 100 days. 1 acre of hemp produces fiber pulp equal to 4 acres of trees. Hemp paper can be recycled up to three times more then regular wood paper. Hemp is harvested and transported like corn, which is a lot cheaper then wood.
BTW, wood is not bleached w/ hydrogen peroxide like hemp.