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  •  Eh, most of that seed is crap anyway- underground (1+ / 0-)
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    is no place for stable breeding. It'll all drift from pheno inside of a couple of generations. As an aside, they haven't been all that worried about the presence of hemp seed in imported bird seed. ( I think that it's supposed to be rendered inviable, but very limited experimental evidence suggests a ~50% germination rate.)

    And sure, you can make textiles, oil, etc from hemp- but like making textiles, oils, etc from any crop, it's machinery intensive. Nobody's going to run stuff off on a micro scale and be competitive. Small hemp farming faces the same problems as small soy or corn farming. I have to assume that the same pressures in the same economy will cause the same tendencies- A move toward industrial scale farming, and processing.

    We'll grow hemp just like we grow corn- The little guy just isn't really a presence in the market.

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      for the rising cost of energy that will soon start to make much of our industrial agriculture economically non-viable.  Water shortages in the West.  Fuel and fertilizer prices.  Transportation to market.   Increased costs of Frankenseeds and their obligate support-structure -- herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer, water, tilling (most bioengineered seeds are actually LESS vigorous and productive than older varieties; they're designed for a single characteristic rather than overall viability).

      Won't happen overnight, but as we approach the hard limits to growth, there will be a place for hemp in sustainable agriculture.  It was common throughout Eurasia for a thousand years because it was an extremely hardy and useful plant.

    •  There's one problem with this premise... (1+ / 0-)
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      We'll grow hemp just like we grow corn- The little guy just isn't really a presence in the market.
      Local farming waned when people started moving toward the big metropolitan areas. There was no longer the room to either farm or store the bounty afterward. Space became a big impediment. That gave Big Ag the opportunity they needed to consolidate and control our food supply in general.

      Pot's different. A household can easily grow enough marijuana to sustain itself. Space isn't a problem if you're only growing a few plants at a time. So, even if communities don't go the route I described before, i.e., the industrial co-op aspect (which I still think will happen but on a much smaller scale) growing enough marijuana for personal use will become the norm across the country.

      Industries that make grow lights and Miracle Grow will make out like a bandit. Monsanto -- not so much.

      There's also the research & development aspect to legal pot. Any college student with entrepreneurial spirit and part time access to a university chem lab will be able to do his or her own research and testing. Marijuana has much potential. We don't know half of it... yet.

      Control is everything. And I don't see how Monsanto can control legal pot.

      Just sayin'

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 05:12:48 PM PDT

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