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Industrial Hemp Offers Great Promise

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For a comprehensive perspective on industrial hemp past, present and future, read the 43-page chapter “Hemp: A New Crop with New Uses for North America” in Purdue University's 2002 book Trends in New Crops and New Uses, edited by Jules Janick and Anna Whipkey.

 

 

Industrial Hemp Holds Great Promise

For a comprehensive perspective on industrial hemp past, present and future, read the 43-page chapter “Hemp: A New Crop with New Uses for North America” in Purdue University's 2002 book Trends in New Crops and New Uses, edited by Jules Janick and Anna Whipkey.

Here's an excerpt from the chapter written by Ernest Small and David Marcus:

Hemp is not presently a standard crop, and is likely to continue experiencing the risks inherent in a small niche market for some time. Hemp is currently a most uncertain crop, but has such a diversity of possible uses, is being promoted by extremely enthusiastic market developers, and attracts so much attention that it is likely to carve out a much larger share of the North American marketplace than its detractors are willing to concede.

Given the uncertainties and handicaps associated with hemp, it is fortunate that there are compensating factors. As noted, as a crop hemp offers some real environmental advantages, particularly with regard to the limited needs for herbicides and pesticides. Hemp is therefore pre-adapted to organic agriculture, and accordingly to the growing market for products associated with environmentally-friendly, sustainable production.

Hemp products are an advertiser’s dream, lending themselves to hyperbole (“healthiest salad oil in the world,” “toughest jeans on the market”). While the narcotics image of C. sativa is often disadvantageous, advertisers who choose to play up this association do so knowing that it will attract a segment of the consuming population. In general, the novelty of hemp means that many consumers are willing to pay a premium price. It might also be said that those who have entered the hemp industry have tended to be very highly motivated, resourceful, and industrious, qualities that have been needed in the face of rather formidable obstacles to progress.

To read the complete 43-page industrial hemp chapter by Ernest Small and David Marcus,

Click Here: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu02/pdf/small.pdf