Re: the great hemp swindle (was: Face on Mars)

Michael Lorrey (
Thu, 02 Apr 1998 08:11:11 -0500

CALYK wrote:

> In a message dated 98-04-02 01:29:36 EST, you write:
> << > Well, this is a major problem if you consider how different things could
> be if
> > we only used hemp for paper.. how many trees are needed to produce the
> daily
> > papers viewed everyday?? I'm sure the numbers are mind-blowing..
> Well, you know, it would take *more* hemp-plants.
> >>
> much more, but i think the figures are hemp can produce 4 times more paper
> than trees per given area plus hemp can be harvested once a year (or more if
> grown indoors) and trees take 20 years, so does it make 80 times more paper
> than trees?

Actually, paper companies are using much faster growth trees for paper production,
that have been bred specifically for this purpose. South of Olympia, WA, for
example Weherhouser has a rather decent sized plantation of 3 year cottonwoods
that it harvests regularly.