Henry Ford’s Hemp Plastic Car (1941)

Henry Ford spent more than a decade researching and building this car whose primary ingredient was hemp plastic. The car weighed 1000 pounds less than a steel car of the same size, yet the exterior body could withstand 10 times the impact:

 

This documentary covers a whole lot of ground. It deals with every historical and contemporary aspect of hemp usage and cultivation (mainly in the U.S.), which turns out to be a lot. From describing the production of a fibre much more durable and economic than wood, the documentary discusses hemps multilateral uses as e.g. food products, as a non-polluting fuel and as a pharmaceutical product with much less griveous sideeffects than chemical pharmaceutical products. The film also investigates why America went from a country which produced vast quantities of the non-narcotic industrial hemp, to the complete ban on hemp production in 1938. This story in particular is interesting, and it points out that the large oilbased industries actually had a key role in the aforementioned ban. Food for thought! The conclusion of the documentary could be that hemp may prove to be a valid alternative to both oil and wood in the future.

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  • Hi,

    I’ve been trying to find the full documentary on this but all I have ever found are the above snippets. What is the title of the full documentary?

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