80 Years Ago Henry Ford Built A Car Powered By Hemp

Early in 2019 Jay Leno featured a story about “the world’s first carbon-negative car” made of hemp plastic. Leno highlighted that the body of the car was lighter than fiberglass, ten times stronger than steel and could run on recycled agricultural waste!” The ultimate goal Jay is to introduce the world’s first carbon-negative vehicle, and the key to that is going back to what Henry Ford advocated back in 1941, and that’s the idea to make everything you possibly can, including your fuels, out of plant material,” investor Bruce Dietzen says.

The carbon footprint of manufacturing a standard car in 2020 is 10 tons! Many people don’t know this but hemp sequesters carbon and as a result the cars would be at worst carbon-neutral. While Henry Ford’s car wasn’t made entirely of hemp, it was one of the several plant ingredients in his 1941 bio-plastic Model T, and definitely the ingredient that made it tougher than steel. The car ran on ethanol made from hemp or pretty much any agricultural waste.

Growing hemp in the United States was effectively outlawed in 1937 because of its association with THC and as a result it wasn’t practical for Ford to mass-produce vehicles that relied upon a steady supply of an outlawed manufacturing component. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 became law on December 20, 2018 with the 2018 farm bill and the hope is that the Ford and Dietzen’s prototypes will revolutionize at least a portion of the auto industry.

Henry Ford was a visionary at the time and had the courage to suggest “Why use up the forests, which were centuries in the making, and the mines, which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

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