Hemp produces four times more paper per acre per year than trees.
When grown on similar soils under similar management, trees consistently outproduce hemp on a per acre, per year basis. The myth is derived by misrepresenting a 1916 USDA study comparing hemp on ideal agricultural soil under fertilization with unmanaged natural stands of trees on soil too poor to farm. The 4X more statistic also was calculated by assuming the use of the hemp hurds for paper, which is only a hypothetical industry; the real hemp paper industry employs the bast fiber, which is a smaller portion of the hemp plant than the hurd. Thus, the “four times more per acre” argument is complete nonsense.