The billion-dollar plant that’s going to change our diet and farms, help restore our soil, and wean us from petroleum.
Get ready for the new billion-dollar industry: hemp. Well, it’s not really new! As prohibition on hemp’s psychoactive cousin unravels, bestselling author Doug Fine explains why one of humanity’s longest-utilized plants is poised to rejuvenate the economy.
The reasons are many: Its fibers are among the planet’s strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source vast and untapped. Its one downside? For much of the past century, its been effectively illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United States – even though Betsy Ross wove the nation’s first flag out of hemp fabric, Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence on it, and colonists paid their taxes with it.
In Hemp Bound, Fine embarks on a humorous yet rigorous journey to meet the men and women who are testing, researching, and pioneering hemp’s reemergence in the twenty-first century. Readers will wonder why we ever stopped cultivating this miracle crop and understand why America – now, more than ever – needs to sow fields of hemp from sea to shining sea.