1916: USDA Bulletin 404

The entire study\report can be found on the web. I’m posting only the conclusions below.

CONCLUSIONS.

There appears to be little doubt that under the present system of forest use and consumption the present supply can not withstand the demands placed upon it. By the time improved methods of forestry have established an equilibrium between production and consumption, the price of pulp wood may be such that a knowledge of other available raw materials may be imperative.

Semicommercial paper-making tests were conducted, therefore, on hemp hurds, in cooperation with a paper manufacturer. After several trials, under conditions of treatment and manufacture which are regarded as favorable in comparison with those used with pulp wood, paper was produced which received very favorable comment both from investigators and from the trade and which according to official tests would be classed as a No. 1 machine-finish printing paper.

PUBLICATIONS OF UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RELATING TO MATERIALS FOR PAPER MAKING.

AVAILABLE FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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2 Comments

  1. GlennS said,

    April 13, 2010 at 8:21 am

    This isn’t news in the classic sense; we’ve known hemp makes better paper for a Long Time. To see it in an official paper dated 1916? This is news to me. Somebody sat on this….

  2. capndrift said,

    April 13, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Ya’ think?
    Speaking of sitting on something; have you ever heard
    of the Shafer Commision- the National Commission on
    Marihuana and Drug Abuse?

    Their findings pissed off President Nixon. He refused to
    read it. The report was titled, “Marihuana: A Signal Of
    misunderstanding.”

    I’ll post the final comment from the report over on “Prohibition”.


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