SOLUTION: One reader has suggested hemp as a viable industry for the Bundaberg region.
SOLUTION: One reader has suggested hemp as a viable industry for the Bundaberg region. Ed Andrieski

LETTER: 'Hemp is the answer'

WHAT this area and many other areas need is a new clean, green industry with the opportunity for large employment and the ability to value-add locally.

The answer is hemp.

This is not the drug variety, you can't get high on hemp.

Hemp is the wonder crop that we need and it is outrageous that it is not a major industry in this country.

Hemp produces 3-4 crops per year with minimal water and chemicals.

Its fibres can be stronger than steel, its seeds make an antioxidant-loaded superfood for people and animals and it can compete with fossil fuels as a viable alternative energy source. It is a food, building and energy revolution.

Hemp-minded communities can do three things: invest in profitable seed oil presses, create textiles or fibre of some kind from it that makes the best paper, rope and cloth, and use products like hemp-crete for building- and still have a large biomass left over, a cellulose that we can use to make biofuel that can create regional energy grids.

Hemp produces 3-4 crops per year with minimal water and chemicals.

Hemp is a high yield and high value crop with a multitude of uses that our farmers could make more money, out of the same area of land, without toxic chemicals and the need for to pay for excess water.

A local hemp industry would make communities more self reliant and self sufficient.

Employment opportunities would be everywhere.

The biggest problems facing a hemp industry is the farcical law which prohibits growing it and lobbyists for the fossil fuel, chemical and forestry corporations and multi-nationals, that like things the way they are, and of course the misguided anti-drugs lobby.

Whatever happened to the hemp trials that were going on in Bundaberg? Surely it grows well.

Real leaders of our communities and governments would push hard for a hemp industry and all of its many benefits.

JOHN VALUCH

Bundaberg



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