Scientists Ponder Biodegradable Cars

  Scientists Ponder Biodegradable Cars

Posted by FoM on May 21, 2001 at 12:21:43 PT
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Source: Reuters 

Australian researchers believe that within a decade, cars could be made of hemp -- the cannabis plant -- as backyards and dumps overflow with rusty metal hulks and vehicle makers turn to biodegradable materials for car bodies. Alan Crosky, of the University of New South Wales' Material Science and Engineering School, said on Monday that hemp had turned out to be the most viable material, beating coconuts and banana trees in preliminary studies. 
"Disposal of old cars is a growing problem. It is only a matter of time before the expense of disposal becomes the owner's responsibility and the consumer is forced to pay the full life-cycle costs of their car," Crosky said. "Because this will increase the cost of cars, developing an environmentally friendly material that can be used to make the bodies of cars is now a viable option," he said. Crosky told Reuters he had begun researching hemp to find ways of making sure it does not become brittle and could protect the passengers of a vehicle during an accident. He said hemp -- made from the cannabis plant but containing only minute amounts of the narcotic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- was like fiberglass, but a natural product. "It's renewable, you don't have to put as much energy into making it, and best of all, burning it doesn't get off anymore carbon dioxide than it absorbed during growing, what we call CO2 neutral," Crosky said. Hemp is widely used in making textiles and rope. Research was at the preliminary stage but Crosky believed it would not be too long before hemp cars became a reality. "It might take a decade," he told Reuters. Sydney, Australia Source: ReutersPublished: May 21, 2001Copyright 2001 ReutersRelated Article:Salient Facts: Biodegradable Cars Hemp Archives

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Comment #9 posted by FoM on May 22, 2001 at 19:49:49 PT

Hi Jean
Hi Jean, I just had a nice comment to post and I did something wrong and lost it so there went my train of thought. Poof! LOL! I've watched the Emperor of Hemp many times and I love it. It's just a matter of time til Cannabis is rescheduled.
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Comment #8 posted by Jeaneous on May 22, 2001 at 18:31:16 PT:

Hi FoM,I too remember those strings and bags... :}After viewing "The Emperor of Hemp" it doesn't surprise me that what is written about here could be done. I learned so much from that movie. Sails and ropes and oils. The fact of canvas covered wagons actually being "cannabis" covered wagons gave me a tickle. Hemp is such a major part of our history and like myself, most people are not aware of just how much.I agree with the movie... we could save this world by using cannabis. The battles will go on but cannabis has already won. That was taken care of by it's maker.... God. If it had no value, it would not exist.
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Comment #7 posted by hempcanadian on May 21, 2001 at 19:51:38 PT:

Hemp Car Henry Ford it out on real videoHenry Ford was one smart dude!
Henry Fords hemp Car Video
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on May 21, 2001 at 15:22:05 PT

I'm aging myself to say I remember the string that was used on hay bales was made from hemp many years ago. The bales of hay didn't break open easily. I vaguely remember feed sacks that were returnable made from hemp. How far we've gone from good things.
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Comment #5 posted by Morgan on May 21, 2001 at 14:24:26 PT

It would be interesting... find out how much of the Media in the U.S. actually report this story.***********************************************************
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Comment #4 posted by Charlie on May 21, 2001 at 13:51:19 PT

Auto Industry Goes To Pot ;-) Makes sensei to me, there's little doubt that they're already driving hemp cars on planet Vulcan. Is it logical to completely ignore a plant that is unique to the entire planet, is it sane to ban it from the earth?But seriously, I agree with Jack, Hemp can save the planet!Dear Doctor, I'd bet on the hidden agenda masked as a moral issue by the same folks whose morals allow them to wage a war on their own people, ignore the desires of the sick and dying, and all at expense of the constitution.
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Comment #3 posted by jAHn on May 21, 2001 at 13:50:58 PT

So who said that Pot makes you a slacker? the hempmobile!!!
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Comment #2 posted by jAHn on May 21, 2001 at 13:48:59 PT

So who said that Pot makes you a slacker?
 I don't get it, if Pot is supposed to Inhibit feelings of lethargy and slower productivity, How did people who Smoked in the past figure out this Natural miracle?  It's about time that the sort-of-Mainstream picked up on this "New Discovery!" Good news!
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Comment #1 posted by Ethan Russo, MD on May 21, 2001 at 12:42:28 PT:

Hemp: The Most Useful Single Plant on Earth
No other plant on earth can equal cannabis in its utility, and versatility. It provides the 4 F's:FoodFiberFuelFarmaceuticalsAnyone that fails to see the logic in this plant has a hidden agenda, or just plain refuses to see. Cannabis loses out when people choose to see it as a moral issue. My morals make it obscene to deny food, fiber, fuel and farmaceuticals to those in need. What do you think?
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