March 17, doors 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.
at Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door
Is hemp the game changing plant that’s going to feed the world, free us from fossil fuels, and put small farmers back to work? Hemp’s one downside? For nearly a century, it’s been effectively illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United States—even though Betsy Ross wove the nation’s first flag out of hemp fabric, Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence on it, and colonists could pay their taxes with it. But as the prohibition on hemp’s psychoactive cousin winds down, one of humanity’s longest-utilized plants is about to be reincorporated into the American economy.
With its super strong fibers, nutritious seed oil, and vast, untapped potential as an alternative energy source, "Hemp Bound" author and journalist Doug Fine thinks so. Doug joins Bell Museum curator of plants, marijuana researcher, and Café Scientifique all-star, George Weiblen, in an eye-opening discussion of the future of hemp in America and worldwide.
Photo by Critical Capture (Creative Commons/Flickr)
The Bell Museum provides this happy hour program for adults that pairs research from the University of Minnesota and beyond with unique and atmospheric venues in the Twin Cities.
Each monthly gathering (September – May) explores science and natural history from distinct and surprising viewpoints, drawing connections between scientific research, culture, environment and everyday life.
Café Scientifique Around The World
Across the country and around the globe, adults who share an interest in scientific research are gathering in pubs and coffee houses for informal discussions on relevant and often provocative scientific topics. Science Cafés and Café Scientifique events are a chance for adults to exchange opinions and ideas about science and related issues. International Café Scientifique Website