Franz Eugen Köhler
It has been suggested that the answer to worldwide deforestation is growing fields of Cannabis sativa to supply the world's pulp for paper. Industrial strength hemp - marijuana - all illegal in the United States.
Here is what one hemp fiber proponent says:
A Hemp Industries Association fact sheet reports that "hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper manufacturing can reduce waste-water contamination (needs very little agricultural pesticides)."
"Hemp's low lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping, and it's creamy color lends itself to environmentally friendly bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds. Less bleaching results in less dioxin and fewer chemical by-products."
"Hemp fiberboard produced by Washington State University was found to be twice as strong as wood-based fiberboard."
"Hemp fiber paper resists decomposition, and does not yellow with age when an acid-free process is used. Hemp paper more than 1,500 years old has been found. It can also be recycled more times."
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