Do any of you really think about the amount of plastics we consume in a days time? Since I really became aware, I have noticed just how many plastic storage bags, plastic wrap, everything in the stores that are wrapped in plastic, meats, eggs, bread and practically everything else that I just throw in the garbage. Modern plastics do not degrade over time like paper or cardboard. They end up in landfills or our oceans.
Do you realize that in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we have a floating garbage patch consisting of mostly plastic that is twice the size of Texas, approximately 600,000 square miles? Yet we could address this problem with hemp plastics, that degrade over a short period of time. Not only could we have a whole new industry for farmers and the associated businesses, but we could feed animals the leftovers, make oils, CBD oil for pain, and many other products, such as clothing and paper.
But our government has chosen to still follow the path of "it will harm existing industries, such as pharmaceuticals and plastics manufacturers". Therefore it must remain on the banned list. Meanwhile we kill the oceans and the fishing industry. Sea creatures are consuming micro-plastics and it is getting into the food chain!
Tradeoffs are inevitable in any industry as time progresses and advances are made. That can't be helped. But vested interests would rather destroy what is left of our planet than to advance in technology and go backwards in time to when hemp was a good viable cash crop.
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