When Hemp Flys| 0
As politicians around the country contemplate the cultivation of hemp, this non-psychoactive plant is looking to take flight in the friendly skies of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina by the spring of 2016.
Provided there are no unexpected hurdles, the four passenger plane – constructed of approximately 75 percent hemp, and running on a hemp-based bio-fuel – will make its inaugural flight from the historic site of the Wright Brothers’ celebrated field and ascend into the future of aviation.
Not satisfied with the mundane applications for industrial-hemp, Derek Kesek wasn’t interested in building an updated version of Henry Ford’s hemp-centric automobile. Instead, Derek was looking to shake things up and prove that “the sky’s the limit” for the future of hemp-based products.
“There are many advantages to using hemp,” noted Kesek, who also founded Hempearth, a Canadian company focused on developing hemp-based products for our consumer-based world. “This plane project is just our first experiment with industrial hemp, and we plan to explore its many uses. Once we establish structural testing and information from the hemp project, we will take that and work on the next best implication.”
It’s long been Kesek’s contention that hemp would make a suitable replacement for the environmentally toxic fiberglass currently utilized in the construction of today’s airplanes. Made especially significant by hemps carbon neutral footprint, Kesek hopes to replace the dirty little process of manufacturing fiberglass, which releases a noxious byproduct known as styrene into our Earth’s atmosphere.
Despite being maligned and misrepresented since the passage of the 1937 marihuana tax act, which effectively bulldozed our country’s hemp production throughout the United States, hemp has continuously played a critical role in the formation of our country; providing textiles, rope, essential oils, livestock feed, and paper products.
And while progress has been slow on the hemp acceptance front, thanks to President BHO’s (Barack Hussein Obama) signature on a farm bill in 2014 that removed hemp grown for research purposes from the CSA (Controlled Substance Act), states are now allowed to determine for themselves how to best accomplish the plants cultivation and its future applications.