By the year 2000, when our petroleum resources have dwindled to 20% of their original size, America will have six choices to avoid economic and environmental ruin:
The last two are the only rational, life sustaining choices.
Farming only 6% of continental U.S. acreage with biomass crop would provide all of Americas gas and oil energy needs, ending dependence upon fossil fuels.
Manahan, Stanley E., Environmental Chemistry, 4th edition.
Hemp is Earths number-one biomass resource; it is capable of producing 10 tons per acre in four months. Hemp is easy on the soil,* sheds it lush foliage throughout the season, adding mulch to the soil and helping retain moisture. Hemp is an ideal crop for the semi-arid West and open range land.
* Adam Beatty, vice president of the Kentucky Agricultural Society, reported instances of good crops of hemp on the same ground for 14 years in a row without a decline in yield. Beatty, A., Southern Agriculture, C.M. Saxton & Co., NY; 1843, pg. 113. USDA Yearbook, 1913.
Hemp is the only biomass source available that is capable of making the U.S. energy independent. Ultimately, the world has no other rational environmental choice but to give up fossil fuels.
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