Hemp to Save Our Trees

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BY: Lillian Richard

Hemp to Save Our Trees

Worldwide we are seeing a devastation of our forests due to paper production. Consumption of wood products has risen 64% since 1961. Globally, pulp for paper, has risen from 40% in 1998, to an expected 60% over the next 50 years. The industry expects that demand to double by 2050. The U.S. consumes 200,000,000 tons of wood products annually, increasing by 4% every year. U.S. paper producers consume 1 billion trees each year (735 pounds of paper for every American). U.S. at 5% of world population consumes 30% of world’s paper. Only 5% of virgin forests remain in the U.S.

The pulp and paper industry is the 3rd largest industrial polluter – 220 million pounds of toxic pollution into air and
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Unfortunately, these claims went unchallenged and Congress outlawed hemp in 1937. Millions of Americans still believe the lies spread about hemp.

Hemp fiber and hurds should be used to make paper in the U.S. to reduce deforestation, reduce toxins in our waterways, and aid family farms. Hemp products are nontoxic, biodegradable and renewable. No tree or plant species on the planet has the commercial, economic, and environmental potential of hemp. With over 50,000 non-smoking products which can be produced from hemp why not start by saving our trees!

Lillian Richard
SCI 204 Q

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