"According to Dr. Ron Kander, materials engineering professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, the way to ramp up the hemp industry is to start small.
“You have to find some high-value, low-volume products that can use hemp as a biomass so that you can start developing processes that then let you put that material into consumer products and industrial products and show a value chain, and then that will allow you to grow volume and look at larger applications down the line,” Kander explains in the week's episode of the Industrial Hemp Podcast.
We talk supply chains, carbon negative technology and the fascinating hemp research his students are conducting at Thomas Jefferson."
HELLAM TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, Pa. -- A farmer in York County is sending a message to anyone looking to snatch or smoke his product. Industrial hemp was banned in Pennsylvania for 80 years, but now, th...
"YORK COUNTY, Pa. —Hemp is growing in fields across the Susquehanna Valley, but with the new crop comes a new concern.
Some farmers, including Nathan Kauffman, of York County, are worried about drug users.
"The leaves look much like you would believe a marijuana leaf would look like," Kauffman said.
And people may mistake it for that very thing.
"I've heard of one farmer that's not too far from here that had some kids running through the field and grabbing some of this and taking it away. And I don't know what they tried to do with it, but I can tell you that it's not going to get them high," Kauffman said.
To prevent that from happening at his fields in Hellam Township, Kauffman put out signs. The signs explain that the fields contain industrial hemp, not marijuana, and that hemp contains no THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The sign states, "ZERO effects if smoked."
"The United States has never really seen an industry develop out of thin air the way the hemp industry has. Illegal and listed as a dangerous drug only six months ago and now poised to disrupt industries and institutions across the board, hemp has had an incredible journey. Author Jen Hobbs chronicles the history of hemp in America, why it was made illegal, how it helped win World War II, and where the industry is headed now that it’s been greenlighted for full production.
Hobbs' book American Hemp: How Growing Our Newest Cash Crop Can Improve Our Health, Clean Our Environment, and Slow Climate Change is a positive story about a crop that can create jobs, clean the soil, make us healthier, and capture carbon from the atmosphere. The book also offers an interesting chapter on why "the EPA is not your friend."
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