The ‘Occupy’ movements worldwide are making huge statements. We’ve got Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Seattle, Tahrir Square protests in Cairo, Egypt, Spanish Indignants in Spain. Occupy movements are now going on in over 82 countries.
The main action behind the Occupy movements is to protest economic and social inequality. However, the Occupy statements are now filtering into other aspects.
Let’s look at Willie Nelson, for example. He is taking on the fight against the corporate elite – in this case, the corporate giants that monopolize the food system.
“From seed to plate, our food system is now even more concentrated than our banking system. Most economic sectors have concentration ratios hovering around 40 percent, meaning that the top four firms in the industry control 40 percent of the market. Anything beyond this level is considered “highly concentrated,” where experts believe competition is severely threatened and market abuses are likely to occur.” (Willie Nelson)
The corporations that are controlling the food system are also the ones who are putting American farmers, especially small farmers, at risk – as well as destroying the soil that the food is grown in.
“Hundreds of citizens joined Occupy the Food System groups outside the Federal Courts in Manhattan on Jan. 31 to support organic family farmers in their landmark lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto. Arguments were heard that day concerning the lawsuit by 83 plaintiffs representing more than 300,000 organic farmers, organic seed growers and organic seed businesses.” (Personal Liberty Digest)
It is my belief that we should Occupy for Hemp. Hemp, the miracle plant of the ages, is nature’s perfect gift. Hemp is used for food, fuel, medicine, textiles, rope, oil, clothing, shoes, plastics, automobile panels…the list goes on and on.
Hemp does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow, it is naturally insect and weed repellent. Not only that, hemp heals the soil that it is grown in, reducing the need for field crop rotation.
It is, for the most part, an organic, nutrient-dense food – a perfect food for the human body, and hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids. It is so nutrient dense, in fact, that it could eradicate world starvation.
Because hemp has been put in the same class as marijuana, it is still deemed illegal to grow without a permit from the DEA (who at this time are refusing to allow the permits to grow hemp).
It’s hemp that will heal us, feed us, clothe us, heal our environment, clean our air, fuel and build our cars, and remove our dependence on fossil fuels (oil). It will put our farmers BACK to work. The millions of family farmers that are being put out of business by agri-giants NEED to be able to grow hemp. With the U.S. being the LARGEST importer of hemp, it only makes sense that we should…
Occupy for Hemp.