Industrial Hemp Farming - History and PracticeIn fact, we had many hemp farms not more than 10 minutes away from here to the NW of downtown KC. Rope was a staple of Missouri industry for decades around here. The phrase "smoking rope behind the barn" was common even in the 1950's - my Dad used to use it. LOL!Hemp moved west with the Pioneers: Missouri (1835); Minnesota (1860); Illinois (1875); Nebraska(1887); Wisconsin (1908); California (1912). By 1860, Missouri had replaced Kentucky as the major supplier of hemp. At the same time, hemp was moving north, being first grown in Minnesota that same year.
Also, I'd much rather see genetic manipulation take over so we can get rid of all the chemicals we use now. While lady bugs can help with pest control for some crops they don't cover most. Many pest eggs get attacked by fungus. The problem is, the fungus either doesn't last or isn't quite timed right for maximum effect. I'd rather see a slight modification to the fungus than millions of gallons of pesticides being used.
Technology got is here and I personally think technology can get us out. Technology made high-density cities like London and Paris possible before there was sanitation, which itself caused a lot of problems. Because of science we now have sanitation, and later, water treatment for the sewage to make sure the environmental impact we have from that is minimal. ((I'd bet good money mankind's poo has less impact now than it did 40,000 years ago.)) I think turning our back on genetic manipulation is a move in the wrong direction because it has the most potential to get rid of some of our worst problems in food and water pollution. Of course, any tool can be misused - but we don't outlaw hammers just because some fool kills with one. It's prudent to keep watch on a new industry but it's bad policy to just squelch something as promising as this might be. We need to move forward, not backward.
PS: It's cool.