High Time We Tried Hemp

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Are times critical enough yet to resurrect the use of industrial hemp? It appears that the Chesapeake Cellulosic Biofuels Project ["A Biofuels Bonanza in Our Back Yard," Close to Home, Oct. 5] overlooked this biofuel powerhouse. It had myriad uses in the agricultural history of the United States dating to colonial times. Industrial hemp offers several choices as biofuel -- premium-grade diesel fuel, cellulosic ethanol, methane, etc. -- and it grows quite well with minimal Chesapeake Bay-killing pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

Industrial hemp was made illegal 70 years ago through the lobbying efforts of the fat cats who dominated the energy markets of that era. It has served the purposes of their progeny to continue to keep it illegal and keep us addicted to environmentally and economically destructive petroleum while ignoring this superior alternative. Isn't it time to stand up and save ourselves?


Ellicott City

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