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[xviii] Farming: -The hemp plant is highly resistant to most insect and disease, largely eliminating the need for most (or all) pesticides and herbicides.[xix] -No herbicides have been approved for industrial hemp.Early planting, as soon as the soil is warm enough, is a recommended weed control strategy.[xx] -A normal stand of 200 to 300 plants per square meter shades out weeds, leaving the fields weed-free at harvest and covered in leaves that improve the soil in a self-mulching eco-system.[xxi] -Industrial hemp can be grown on a wide variety of soil types, but tends to grow best on land that produces high yields of corn.[xxii] -Hemp prefers a mild climate, humid atmosphere, and a rainfall of at least 25-30 inches per year.It is also many times more durable and is flame retardant.[xlvi] -Many high fashion clothing manufacturers have produced clothes and footwear made with hemp.Some of these include: Nike, Converse, Armani, Patagonia, Polo Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and many more.[xlvii] -Hemp fabrics were once far more expensive than cotton and other fabrics due to limited supply, but increased demand and availability in recent years have lowered the price considerably. [i] -It's the sister plant to marijuana but it won't get you high. It is an annual, herbaceous, long fibre plant similar to flax (linen), jute and ramie.[xliv] "The pesticides used on cotton, whether in the U. or oversees, are some of the most hazardous available today," says Doug Murray, Ph.D., a professor of sociology at Colorado State University who has studied pesticide use on cotton overseas. -1 acre of hemp will produce as much as 2-3 acres of cotton.[xlv] -Hemp is 4 times warmer than cotton, 4 times more water absorbent, has 3 times the tensile strength of cotton.
In 2005-2008, hemp food sales have averaged 47% annual growth, making hemp one of the fastest-growing natural food categories. Legality: -For the first 162 years of America's existence, marijuana was totally legal and hemp was a common crop. ("Marijuana: The devil's weed with roots in hell", "Marijuana makes fiends of boys in 30 days", “Reefer Madness”, etc.) It was banned in the USA under the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.when the young bomber pilot bailed out of his burning plane.[xl] -Hemp softens with each washing, without fibre degradation.[xli] As the saying goes: “Hemp doesn’t wear out, it wears in.”[xlii] Compared to Cotton: -Environmentally, hemp is a safer crop to grow than cotton.Cotton is a soil-damaging crop and needs a great deal of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.[xliii] -Cotton crops in the USA occupy 1% of the country’s farmland but use 50% of all pesticides.[ii] -Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery.[iv] -The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a piece of Mesopotamian hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.[v] -For more than a century, hemp was legal tender to pay American taxes.[vi] -Over 600,000 acres of hemp grow worldwide today.[vii] Over 8,500 acres were grown in Canada in 2008.[viii] -The 2002 figures for global hemp sales were US0 million.