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Richard Hawkes
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Joined: Jan 28, 2003
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Some guy crossed a tomato and tobacco plant. Weird:
http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,61091,00.html
Now if they managed to cross tomatoes and chillies, that would be cool - tomollies or chillatoes? Great for salads, salsas, dips.
HS Thomas
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Joined: May 15, 2002
Posts: 3404
Not so weird.
"Pot is the world's best source of complete protein" I've heard it said.
The World Best Cash Crop?
Also as fuel alternatives, paper(reduces deforestation vastly)
Oh to be the powers that be! Think of the enemies you are gonna make if you start farming hemp ! I think I'll sell the idea to my local farmers, though.
"--The plant's cellulose "biomass" energy could replace nuclear power and fossil fuels, preserve oil reserves and reduce the trade deficit with no nuclear radiation, strip mining, offshore oil drilling or oil spills.
-- Increased plant photosynthesis from crops would turn more CO2 back into oxygen.
--Hemp farming could reduce forestry 50 percent or more. Hemp paper lasts longer and uses only 10-20 percent as many toxic chemicals needed to produce it. --Hempseed is 30 percent oil in volume, and can be used for food, fuels or salad oil. Its quality equals whale oil and jojoba. Hempseed is also a complete protein source, which lowers cholesterol levels and builds the immune system.
--Hemp pulp and fiber offers a biodegradable alternative to plastic. Hemp paper bags are stronger and hemp cellulose can also be polymerized to make any type of plastic product, without using petroleum.
--Erosion and mud slides are controlled by the plant's strong roots anchoring and invigorating soil. Hemp is self-fertilizing and grows on the same ground for decades without heavy fertilizers and pesticides.
Finally, the report states the world's future could benefit from hemp. As possibly the world's most versatile plant, it is economically viable in many ways."
I'm not sure where tobacco stands against this. All I can think of is you gonna get severeley stained teeth with the tomacco!
regards
[ November 11, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
SJ Adnams
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Joined: Sep 28, 2001
Posts: 925
"Baur grafted a tomato plant "
thats a little different to crossing.
Gardeners usually do it to grow an ornamental plant & want to put a strong root stock on it so it grows better. Not a very commercial venture...
 
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