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Hemp Homes Are Cutting Edge of Green Building


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Carol
- 3053 days ago - content.usatoday.com
Hemp is turning a new leaf. The plant fiber, used to make the sails that took Christopher Columbus' ships to the New World, is now a building material.



   

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Carol H (229)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:27 am
much nicer looking than the plastic bottle houses! thanks Carol
 

Tammy Eiland (23)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 11:34 pm
finally!
 

Melissah C (389)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 2:34 am
thanks
 

Mike Tedesco (65)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 5:04 am
Sure Hemp was used to make sails...and many other things.However Columbus did not sail to or discover a new world but a world that already had Ferris Wheels,Pyramids and an advanced civilization thousands of years old.
He had a map...East is West.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 12:54 pm
Sure, let's import hemp.

Let's not provide a viable crop for cash strapped farmers to grow.

Hemp has SO many uses. I have a hemp shirt. Much more ecofriendly to produce than cotton.

But no, we should let narrow minded politicians continue to force us into importing this valuable commodity.

Scheech.
 

Pamela K (13)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 1:11 pm
I t would be nice if hemp were legalized to be grown in the USA. From what I hear,
the plant useful for fiber is NOT the same plant (though related) as that grown for
marijuana usage. Surely there is a way to tell the difference so as to legalize the
fibre production.
 

(0)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 1:15 pm
Terrific!
I wish there was more made of hemp. I have a hemp wallet that is about 19 years old and is still in excellent condition.
 

Ceylan T (6)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 1:36 pm
It's also being used to make cars! A group of Canadians is developing an electric vehicle made out of hemp.
 

Linda Tasa (4)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 1:40 pm
I thought straw houses were a neat product to build with, this seems better. I just hope that hemp will get another chance to prove that it is a valueable product.
 

Alice B (241)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 2:03 pm
Well I'd rather see HEMP crop/development allowed on First Nations land e.g. Pine Ridge, where the USA feds continue to obstruct sovereignty by refusing to allow hemp production on the Rez, one of the most severely poverty-devastated and suicide-ridden areas in the entire USA - I'd rather see Pine Ridge get its HEMP development than wax poetic about Christopher Columbus the GENOCIDAL CONQUISTADOR having hemp sails for his ships. (The eejit was lost - that's how he got here - keep that in mind.)
As it stands the USA continues its Inquisitional approach to demonizing HEMP - while allowing import of hemp products from Canada! Hypocrisy as usual - CRAPITALISM IS INSANE.
 

Greg K (1)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 4:31 pm
My son works at a farm that used to grow hemp in the old days. The old gentleman who ran the farm till his sons took over said it was a great crop in the rotation to maintain farm fertility, not bothered by pests and shaded out almost all weeds saving on energy, pesticides and herbicides. Even the next season pests and weeds were much reduced. The fact that it looks a little like a plant that is a problem is stupid. A simple form with location and size of the field and an easement for proper authorities to inspect the field at any time without notice would prevent any farmer from growing smokes for Willie Nelson. This crop is useful and farmers should be encouraged to grow any useful crop, after all we have subsidized tobacco - a much less beneficial crop.
 

Mac R (289)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 5:18 pm
I wish like hell I had paid attention to it now so I could say what agency and which dynasty name it was, but a week ago I was reading about pot legalization issues and they interviewed the head of a US dept (possibly FDA?) asking him about medical marijuana, and he is either named Monsanto or Dow (can't believe I don't rmember which!) and he of course said there's nothing good about marijuana for medical purposes.

Well of course he said that! His family company is the company that organized and spearheaded the whole campaign to get pot criminalized so they could make their cotton crops the predominant clothing and other use crop in this country! We can expect NOTHING to change regarding pot or hemp while the very family that got it all outlawed is running the show for the government!

So, NO, even hemp will not be legalized for its many uses in this country any time soon. I'm going to assume that Bush appointed this man, but I wouldn't put it past Obama, as he has shown he is as much a corporate lackey as all the rest.
 

Norm C (74)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 1:39 am
$133/sq ft is not inexpensive. But it is an interesting idea. Its cost could come down in time, especially if you did not have to import the stuff.

Cob, adobe and a bunch of other high mass materials will also bring down the heating and cooling costs.

 

Paul Carter Block (28)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 3:30 am
If anyone suggests that Franz Hals' The Laughing Cavalier is in such a jovial mood because he was on cannabis, they are right. Cannabis and canvas come from the same root word.
Cristobal Colon records in his own journals that he reached the New World because he followed a Norwegian map. Far from being "lost", he was quite methodical in the path he took. On the first of his four journeys he sailed down to modern-day Senegal and crossed the Atlantic by the shortest Great Circle route to Brasil. From there he sailed north to the West Indies where, on landfall, he reputedly crucified several of the Arawak people who came to greet him to show that his European god had arrived. On a later voyage he abducted 30 or so indigenous people to take back as trophies. Only seven of these survived the ocean trip but Colon still made a small fortune from their sale. What a hero. What a role model.
 

Marco Silva (9)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 4:31 pm
Thank you, for more sustainability tecniques look up permaculture, enjoy.
 

Sharon S (8)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:09 pm
If hemp is available, cheaply for me, when I am able to build, I will use that insteat of straw. If not available, straw will still work. Great idea for crop replacement for tobacco farmers and other needy farmers. If only Congress would grow up.
 

Jennifer M (78)
Friday September 17, 2010, 10:41 am
Hemp DOES NOT get you high! I don't understand why we don't grow it here. Dumb Americans. It has so many different uses. Sad
 

Justin R (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 12:34 pm
Innovative! Love new ideas.
 
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