The kenaf wood industry has the potential to replace many wood resources and probably should. Let's take a good look at some of the key elements.
a and c Kenaf Wood Core b and d Kenaf Fiber
Here is a video showing some of the fiber, wood and seed products made in the USA from industrial hemp. These same products can be made from kenaf. Video of products made in the US by Derek Cross. Watch the video.
If one acre of kenaf produces 4-5 times more wood material than trees as some have claimed, shouldn't we be looking into kenaf wood industry instead? Can we do this in a practical and viable way? Does it make sense to introduce this to the logging companies and help them transition to this renewable source for their customers? Most of us would say yes to these 3 questions but what would it take and how would we go about it?
I continue to get excited when I find something new going on locally where kenaf wood material could be used in existing industries. Here in northern Michigan we have lots of trees being harvested and used locally. Some I have discovered so far include - pellets made from trees(we heat with these), particle board manufacturing, pallets made from trees and toilet paper.
We also have thousands of acres of corn, and soy fields that could benefit from growing kenaf on a rotational basis as a cash crop. Some of the fields have been abandoned for a year or more. Your local area is where opportunity, solutions and help come together and can be discovered.
Here are some of the uses in the kenaf wood industry:
Erosion Mats for Highways.
When you look at the kenaf wood industry as a single industry for this remarkable plant along with the benefits, it warrants serious consideration. When you look at multiple industries from a single plant it gets more interesting. Putting the icing on the cake are some benefits that may be considered vital in these times.
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