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"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

Abraham Lincoln - Former U.S. President

Hemp & Ecology

Henry Ford's Hemp Car

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Henry Ford's Hemp Car

During the 1930's Henry Ford applied his ingenious mind to the creation of an all-organic car designed to run on hemp bio-mass fuel.

But Ford went a step beyond even that - the car itself was made primarily from hemp and other annual crop. Ford envisioned an automotive industry producing vehicles made from, and fueled by, organic based materials. The quite European-styled car he created is pictured above, outside the Ford Factory.

Documentaries on hemp issues, such as "Billion Dollar Crop" and "the Hemp Revolution", show archival footage of a demonstration of the unique strength of this car, in which the body of the car is repeatedly hit with a sledgehammer - amazingly there is no damage, the hammer appearing to bounce off! It was also rust-proof and, being powered by a non-fossil fuel engine, it's adoption as an industry standard could have meant huge environmental advantages over the past fifty years.

Plastics and petro-chemical based materials are so abundant today - they are used in almost everything around us, from surface tops, to pens, toothbrushes, computers, light fittings and the list really does go on & on.

With the new ecological consciousness and understanding can we still ignore the question of how the products around us are made? 

The visionary industrialist Ford was aware of the properties of hemp and saw it as a valuable, sustainable resource for the auto industry. However, the introduction of the prohibition laws in the U.S. (December,1937) put a halt to further research and development. We can only imagine where Fords vision for the hemp plant may have led.