- Series: The Real Goods Solar Living Book
- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co; 1st edition (October 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0930031938
- ISBN-13: 978-0930031930
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hemp Horizons: The Comeback of the World's Most Promising Plant (The Real Goods Solar Living Book) Paperback – October 1, 1997
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Hemp, a variety of the genus Cannabis, is a versatile crop used in the manufacture of twine, textiles, home furnishings, shoes, clothing, and construction materials. It grows rapidly, is adaptable to most climates, and improves soil fertility. Twenty-nine countries, including the major industrialized nations, are hemp producers. However, large-scale production is prohibited in the United States, owing to an erroneous belief that its leaves can be made into a marijuana-like drug. Roulac, president of HEMPTECH, a consulting company that promotes industrial hemp, provides an overview of the history, politics, global uses, markets, and farming practices for hemp. Arguing that the production, marketing, and manufacture of hemp and hemp products offer possibilities for new enterprises in the United States and competition in the world market, Roulac urges Americans to repeal the anachronistic law prohibiting hemp production. A well-documented book; recommended for agriculture and business collections.?Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Lib., New Brunswick, N.J.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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"So imagine that one day within the next ten years, you wake up in a house whose walls, roof, flooring, insulation, and paint are derived of hemp. You feel great after sleeping on your hemp-stuffed mattress, covered with soft linens spun from hemp fiber. Your feet sink into the hemp carpeting as you get out of bed and open the hemp drapes. It's a beautiful morning.
"You jump into the shower, where you soap, shampoo, and hair conditioner made from hemp. You step out onto the hemp bath mat, drying yourself with a superabsorbent hemp towel. You clean your ears with H-Tips (better than the old cotton swabs), and apply hemp-oil lotion, moisturizer, and lip balm. You make a mental note to buy some more hemp toilet paper, recalling how it wasn't too long ago that we were still cutting down centuries-old trees just to flush them away.
"Opening your closet, you dress in hemp jeans, shirt, and jacket; put on hemp socks and shoes; tie the hemp laces; and grab your hemp wallet, which holds checks and currency printed on hemp paper.
"You're hungry, so you walk into the kitchen with its hemp-based linoleum floor. You make some wheat-and-hemp-flower toast, and pour a glass of fresh, organic hemp milk. After eating, you make a salad with hemp-oil dressing to take to work. Then you wash your dishes, using hemp-oil dish soap and a hemp pot-scrubber, and put the dishes away in a cabinet built of hemp fiberboard. Sitting down on the hemp-framed and upholstered couch, you glance at a newspaper printed with hemp ink on hemp recycled paper, and learn that the hemp industry is now the largest agribusiness and the major job provider in your state. You turn on the stereo, which sits on a hemp fiberboard cabinet, and listen as music vibrates from speakers also made from hemp fiberboard. They contain specialty hemp paper for the speaker cones and are covered with black hempen cloth.
"Leaving the house for work, you open the door of your car, built of strong, lightweight composites that include hemp. Relaxing into the driver's seat, luxuriously upholstered with hemp textiles, you rest your feet on floor mats that look like rubber but are made from hemp. As you drive to your job at the new hemp-fiber processing facility, you pass farmers harvesting some of the locally grown hemp that is revitalizing your community's rural economy."
A beautiful morning indeed, but it would be even more beautiful if you knew how environmentally friendly and healthy your new hempen life actually is. The rubber-like mats in your hemp mobile are all natural and 100 per cent biodegradable; the roots of the hemp plants that line the fields of your county help enrich and solidify much-needed topsoil and therefore increase the yield of other rotational crops. You smile while spreading hempseed hummus on your hemp-wheat toast knowing it is the single most complete source of non-animal protein on the planet - and tastes much better than tofu. The smile increases as you pour hemp oil on your salad, knowing it is high in essential fatty acids that help you think better, boost your immune system, decrease your chances of cancer, and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, platelet coagulation, and hardening of the arteries. Lastly, before heading off to work, you opt for your hemp skateboard instead of the hemp mobile, as it is a brilliant, bright and sunny day.
The fact of the matter is, this beautiful morning has no imaginative end. The only thing keeping us from achieving the dawn of a new tomorrow is our monopoly cotton and paper industries, and a government which seems to be supporting those industries by restricting and limiting hemp production permits and also by unleashing the DEA on would-be hemp producers (despite the fact that it has NEVER been illegal to grow hemp in America). Whatever you want to know about hemp is in this book. A must read.
Presents hemp's possible uses, its history, and information on comparable crops such as jute.
The only thing that I don't like is that it's publication was in 1997 so i wish the book would be updated.
Definitely a great introduction book.
When you pick the book up, it actually feels more durable than many other books; and the cover is printed on recycled stock.
So the book really embodies the message, and the message is resounding: there are innovative and sound methods of growing this economy while working to protect the planet. There are wonderful black and white illustrations throughout.
The chapters are well-organized and highly informative.
I could have done without the cheesy "hemp model shot" on the back of the book, but it's not enough to avoid giving this marvelous book a five star rating!