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For several years I have daily searched and researched for several hours online about industrial hemp. Using Google Alerts, I choose the most relevant, newest links and developments; and then share them on social media sites and blogs.
From the links I am curating I learn what is currently real about hemp. I can tell you that the industrial hemp market is exploding globally, and exponentially mushrooming into many new modern niches. Never before perceived possibilities are pouring out through the hemp research now allowed in some states.
Much more than the traditional 50,000 hemp products; new inventions and experiments are leading the way into 3D printing with hemp--from the nano-tech level, all the way to the house, automobile, airplane, skyscraper and space ship satellite levels.
Eventually hemp will double how many products are possible, and invent 50,000 different NEW types of products on the market. It seems it could even possibly be the material for a Star Trek replicator.
In almost every day, the combined hemp plants globally growing are neutralizing 5 times more carbon than trees. When hemp is manufactured into products, it is sequestering the carbon, and it is not released into the atmosphere. So, hemp is not only carbon-neutral, it is also carbon-negative. Anyone hear about carbon problems? Hemp is one major resource for addressing carbon offsetting on Earth
Hemp in human history has been the most treasured, if not THE #1, natural resource, annually renewable and green sustainable. It is so prolific that it can produce more food, fiber, fuel, and medicine than all the other plants combined together!
Hemp can also almost literally replace all fossil fuels. Whether it is also a drug and is treated as such in US laws or not, it is still the most valuable, natural, and annually renewable resource in human history.
10,000 years ago, according to archaeology, China was the first to use hemp industrially, and it never stopped growing hemp. The Chinese held their borders for centuries by using hemp bowstrings that could shoot arrows much further than their enemy’s. The famed Wall of China was built with hemp and magnesium, which is why it still stands to this day.
Both Hitler and Napoleon lost because they gambled on getting Russia's prized hemp fields to continue their war campaigns. The Russians stashed what they needed and burnt the rest of the fields to starve and freeze out the enemy each time.
Actually, our forefathers were seriously connected to hemp, and used it in every way they could: Ben Franklin's printing press used hemp paper. The first U.S. Post office he created delivered envelopes made of hemp and letters written on hemp paper. The first U.S. paper currency used hemp-rag paper.
Jefferson grew hemp and encouraged the farmers to do so--he even sent his agents to China to steal the Emperor's exclusive hemp seeds at risk of their lives. Washington grew it and used it medicinally too. His diary tells that he knew to pull his Indica males in time, but missed it one year. So, our first president grew and used sensimilla pot! He said, “Make the best out of the Indian Hemp and grow it everywhere.”
Our 1st official U.S flag was made out of hemp, as well as the Declaration of Independence and the finalized first U.S. Constitution, being written on hemp paper. Yes, indeed hemp was a major part of the founding of our nation.
You probably know most of this stuff. But what I am aware of now is the huge snowball that the hemp movement has rolling down the mountain to our local communities. Very few understand the prolific power of Hemp, it can help our economy AND environment, which would create a totally new way of living.
An environmental fact is that Hemp is a great resource, but transporting it long distances makes it less affordable and not environmentally friendly. SO, it is perfect for a LOCAL green sustainability resource, cottage industries, and building materials. It can actually provide the basic material for almost everything any community needs.
The prohibition of hemp is a fluke in history. Before prohibition, hemp was an everyday thing in our everyday life. The gardeners put it around the vegetable plots, planting it thick so it would grow tall and form a barrier against the animals, wind, and bugs--reseeding itself every year too and providing the colonists plenty of valuable fiber.It was the main thread and paper resource throughout history, until a few hundred years ago when Tree-wood was forced on us, resulting in the 75% deforestation of our country.
All ropes of strength were hemp, and sails too. The rough Atlantic Ocean crossings could not have happened without the hemp sails and ropes. Without hemp the pilgrims and colonial immigrants could not have made colonies and would not have created the historical beginnings of American government--the first Democratic Republic of the modern world--of the people, for the people and by the people.
Did you know that the colonizing ships from Europe were mandated by the investors, who were sending them to get treasures of gold and furs from the west, to have a sealed keg of hemp seeds on-board in case their sails were destroyed by storms? They knew that it only took three months to grow enough hemp for sails. It was the insurance policy for those "waiting for when their ship comes in" after months and sometimes years before a return on their income invested (ROI could be very slow back then).
So valuable was hemp that the early colonies paid their taxes with it, and then mandated 10% of all farmland must be hemp too. Hemp was brought to America by those hemp-laden ships that brought the pilgrims, conquistadors, and immigrants over.
Hemp was not indigenous to America. Even Europe had to go to China to get it in the first place. Marco Polo brought plenty of it back to Italy.
Yes, once upon a time in America our citizens lived in mostly rural areas. They were farmers who slept on hemp sheets, and ate hemp seed "gruel" for breakfast. They used hemp for: animal bedding, netting bags, clothing, hats, rope, string, wicks, fuses, fire starter, and the water bucket’s rope in the well.
In fact, hemp rag merchants would take their carts down the streets, hawking loudly to get the old hemp clothes and rags during mid-1800. People appreciated the extra pocket change they got for the rags and their support led to one of the biggest industries in America at the time: street rag merchants. The rag merchants sold the hemp rags to the paper companies, who made paper from it.
What is now happening however, is that the rolling hemp snowball that’s getting bigger is hitting the conservative resistance against hemp; because of the pot prohibition's propaganda effects. There is an irrational bias, prejudice, and major injustice in the drug war. It puts marijuana (Cannabis) at the top with controlled substances. Even worse, it lumps hemp into the same drug category along with pot.
Many people have hemp-phobia because they believe hemp is a trick to get drugs, and they believe the same with medical marijuana. They are afraid that hemp will allow the black market cartels to hide pot in the middle of their hemp plantations. They fear kids stealing it and smoking it. They don't want those Cheech and Chong type hippies contaminating their children…shades of Reefer Madness.The reality of the drug war is now well known to be at the heart of our problems.
Hemp prohibition is an unnecessary, antiquated, and authoritarian attempt to control people. Worse than that, it is a money-making endeavor for government law enforcement funding, as well as for funneling money into illegal covert operations and using it as a premise for many wars. Which has led us to a serious irony that now exists in the attitude the government and the populace have about hemp.
Not only has the prohibition been imprisoning 800,000 non-violent criminals for pot every year, and the rising costs of the government waging the drug war are now astronomical, but so are their profits. Add the costs we lost from not being allowed hemp all these years, which should be included as one of the “hidden costs”, and then the cost of the drug war is totally outrageous.
Meanwhile, forget medical marijuana, here comes recreational pot, and industrial hemp rolling the snowball down to our streets now. While Laissez-faire Obama and Democrats sneak the industrial hemp rider on the Farm Bill, and then allow the states that have passed initiatives for industrial hemp to research it through their state agriculture departments and state universities.
But I do not believe in separation. We are really all one humanity, and America has traditionally supported working together as individuals for the benefit of all people. What if dealing with the drug wars, and the Climate change actions we need to take, are going to have to be done by the people working with each other in their local communities and governments?
So, the drug war costs now cover hemp issues. Economically, if we consider the article called NEW BILLION-DOLLAR CROP in Popular Mechanics February, 1938, and the costs to our environment since then by not using hemp, it is an astronomical cost! We would not have deforested almost all our trees, we would have hemp rivaling petroleum-poisoned cotton for clothing, we would have hemp cars running on hemp oil, and the petroleum and fossil fuel industries would not be subsidized to pollute our waters and air.
Literally, the cost of hemp prohibition, combined with its cousin’s 800,000 people imprisoned for pot annually, along with the other hidden costs of the drug war, is bankrupting our country. Who isn’t having a hard time? Who wouldn’t be desperate and want to grow some hemp for economic reasons?
I guess this is turning into a pitch: namely, we need to take action.I could go on and on, but let me give you a metaphor. I have studied online marketing awhile. I believe we have to "sell" green sustainability. Yeah, actually market it using "proper-ganda" because the world has to buy it. They have to be sold on it, they have to want it. Marketing green sustainability thru hemp products is a powerful way to help the change.
Hemp-crete can replace wood and steel for buildings for instance. Hemp houses are friendlier than a solar panel to young folks, and they love hemp jewelry/t-shirts/bags/hats/pants/rolling papers etcetera. Bottom line is, "Money talks, Bullshit walks." And most green sustainable communities are going to use hemp for most of their needs because of that reason.
Less than 5 years to keep the global agreed upon carbon deadlines, and according to climate-change scientists, the climate clock is now ticking down to oblivion faster than we thought it would!
Invest in your local community by supporting the implementation of industrial hemp as a chief green-sustainable resource. Help the "proper-ganda" of hemp be integrated into your local government, schools, and industries.
The clock is ticking quicker now more than ever, because we have to get ahead of it and not be behind it or the dominos fall, the crucial ingredients of life on earth will be compromised, and it will be disastrous.
We must stop what is killing us. Fossil fuels must be discouraged, We need to change our systems to being totally green sustainable immediately. There can no longer be any excuses, the reality check is upon us now.
Can we act with common sense in time? Or is the non-sense of allowing ourselves to ruin our lives with polluting systems going to continue to overly influence our politics and economics?
When we daily keep using the polluting systems and not moving forward into green-sustainability, then every day it is a double step backwards and no real progress forwards.
Time for huge changes and fast action. I cannot stress enough how much it is crucially important that the message be clear: Industrial hemp is absolutely necessary now for our economy and environment to be healthy. Green sustainability is not real without including hemp in the equation. Stop the nonsense and start using common sense:
Remember, in our great consumer society, bullshit walks and money talks...and online I hear that hemp money talking louder than anything else so far, yelling "Wake up, the emperor is naked! Industrial Hemp is a Quadrillion dollar crop!"
Hemp for 3D printers, hemp nano-tech graphene, hemp electric batteries, hemp electric capacitors, hemp plastic, hemp ceramics--and every day more new hemp products are being created. As the huge hemp snowball becomes an avalanche, the future looks so exciting! Welcome that hemp snowball into your life and sustain your family, community and world.
Be a hemp hero like our founding fathers George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson - and walk your talk—be a ‘factivist’ and tell people why hemp is the #1 sustainable resource, hold its banner high, and proudly plant those hemp seeds everywhere you go—you will be saving our world!
Roger (Neriah) Lothamer, CEO of Eugene Industrial Hemp, in Oregon USA
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By Roger Lothamer January 25th 2015