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    Leftcandid, corvo, US Blues, Praxical, 6412093

    Hemp is one of the fastest growing biomass sources. It's easy to grow anywhere, with relatively little water, and is highly bug, mold and weather resistant. Its fiber is some of the most useful natural fiber known.

    It seems like the perfect biomass source to cultivate, other than our existing vegetable waste from agriculture and home consumption.

    Though another fast growing biomass source is sugarcane, which at 8% is the highest solar efficiency land plant (some algae reaches 12%). Since biomass is a cheap, hardy and traditional way of simply capturing solar energy, perhaps sugarcane is the way to go. Maybe extract the sugar for alcohol fuel stock first, then biomass the large remaining waste.

    But though alcohol is a fun product, it's more useful as fuel. While some hemp has a fun byproduct that would be wasted (or transitively return the favor ;).

    Properly managing our agriculture to direct waste into energy would be more like natural processes in ecosystems, where there's no waste - everything's output is something else's input in the food web. Solving our energy problems would probably go hand in hand with solving our water, erosion, food and disease problems.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 06:05:53 AM PDT

    •  That is a plant that is ... (1+ / 0-)
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      DocGonzo

      ... also grown in large amounts throughout Appalachian counties, but the fact that its grown on marginal, hard to access land does not mean that its optimal growing location if it were legal was marginal, hard to access land.

      Hemp is, of course, a quite useful fiber crop ~ it is as a fiber crop that cultivation was mandatory in some North American British Colonies, since the point of the North American British Colonies were to produce things of use to Great Britain, and one of those things was Naval Stores ~ including tall timbers for masts, and hemp for high quality rope.

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      by BruceMcF on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 01:43:17 PM PDT

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