Could the Farm Bill Legalize Growing Hemp in the U.S.?
If you had told me that I’d be talking passionately about the 2012 Farm Bill on a crafting website, I would have never believed it, but a recent proposed amendment to the monster bill could have a big impact for green crafters by making it legal to grow hemp in the U.S. But will it pass? Wait….what? That’s right! It’s legal to import hemp products – including hemp fabric and clothing – but growing hemp is illegal in the United States. Farmers have been fighting for decades to legalize this cash crop, and I was totally thrilled earlier this week when Raw Story reported on a late addition to the Farm Bill that could do just that . What is hemp? Hemp is kind of a wonder plant. It requires little water and few pesticides to grow (unlike a certain other fiber that I will not name…cough…cotton…cough ). Hemp fabric is strong and versatile. It actually gets stronger with wear and ...