Victory Hemp Foods: Will Hemp be America’s Next Commodity Row Crop?
Hemp used to be everywhere. George Washington famously grew it on his Mount Vernon estate in Virginia, as did fellow founding father Thomas Jefferson, and the plant’s fibers were widely celebrated for their exceptional strength and durability. That changed, of course, with the debate over marijuana, which is effectively the same plant but contains the intoxicant THC. What was once a major part of the colonial economy was effectively outlawed and fell out of favor. However, that has the potential to change with the Farm Bill, which could lead to a significant increase in hemp production.
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