Economic Stimulus? Think HEMP!


Last night’s vice-presidential debate had me thinking quite a bit this morning. Almost all of the topics, in some way or other, had to do with money. Defense – money. Economy – money. Taxes – money. Medicare – money. Health – money. Social Security – money. Employment/unemployment – money.

And by now you are wondering, “Where is she going with this?”

I’ll tell you. The United States’ economy is not at it’s healthiest point right now. People are hurting. Businesses are hurting. Some American farmers are hurting. Unemployment is at an unacceptable level. Fossil fuel energy is HIGH. Now, I must also remind you that everything is energy, money is energy. Energy fluctuates. Everything fluctuates, up and down, never in a steady, static line.

I came across several articles stating that greener businesses are growing at a faster percentage rate than the actual economy growth. Here are a few examples of some ‘green’ business types: bicycles, thrift and re-purposing stores, electric/hybrid cars (some which use hemp panels), wind/solar energy, and green construction (both industrial and residential).

BUT, like I stated above, green businesses are GROWING. What does this growth mean? Jobs. Income. Security. Economic growth. And…environmental conscience.

Below is an excerpt from one of the articles I read:

 

  • Greener industries grow faster than the overall economy. For every percentage-point increase in an industry’s green intensity, annual employment growth was 0.034 percentage points higher. Future projections suggest continued job growth from green intensity.
  • States with greater green intensity generally fared better in the economic downturn.
  • Green jobs are accessible to workers without a college degree. For every 1 percentage-point increase in green intensity in a given industry, there was a corresponding 0.28 percentage-point increase in the share of jobs in that industry held by workers without a four-year college degree.
  • Manufacturing plays a strong role in the green economy. The sector accounts for 20.4 percent of all green jobs despite representing only 10.8 percent of total private employment. Furthermore, the green industries within the manufacturing sector are projected to grow 25 percent faster than the overall sector.

Much of the current discussion about green jobs focuses on the renewable-energy industry and thus overlooks how pervasive green jobs are throughout the economy. In truth, the utility sector accounts for just three percent of total private green jobs, and even within that sector, the water and sewage industry accounts for over four times the number of green jobs as renewable energy.  Occupations such as garbage collectors, sewage workers, construction workers, household-appliance manufacturers and bus drivers are as integral to the green economy as solar-panel installers or wind-turbine manufacturers.

“Transitioning to a greener and more sustainable economy is good for the environment, but it also helps promote stronger economic growth and opportunity,” said Pollack.  “And the seeds of this transformation are planted throughout the economy, oftentimes in unexpected places.”  (enewspf.com)

“Seeds.”  Did you see that? And you KNOW which direction I am taking that – HEMP!

Hemp is one of the GREENEST products on the planet. It is carbon negative. It’s growing season is approximately 4 months. It can be used to manufacture ANY product that is also made with carbon-based fossil fuels. Hemp can also be used in construction – interior, exterior, foundation to roof. It is biodegradable, cleans the air, heals the soil, uses less water than cotton or other crops, doesn’t need fertilizer or pesticides, and can be grown ABUNDANTLY in many climates. Not only that, it’s nutritional value makes it an important food crop.

Hemp can put our farmers to work. (See also American Farmland Trust.) Hemp, being a GREEN resource, can help our economy grow faster, put manufacturers to work, and start the process to heal our planet from the damage done by pulling fossil fuels out of the ground.

My vote is for HEMP!

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5 responses to “Economic Stimulus? Think HEMP!

  1. BRAVO!

    ENCORE! MORE PLEASE!

    How about a suggestion directed to the “Occupy Now” movement that they start promoting The Industrial Hemp message VERY LOUD right now, while backing it up by “sowing” hemp seed widely on every Federal piece of property in the current U.S. OF TERROR!

    Thanks for your fine writing.

    Cordially, Red Mann

    ________________________________

  2. And,I also found out the benefits of hempseed oil,it taste like a salad with dressing on it good;I take it for Sjogren’s Syndrome I came across it 2 yrs ago I can tell as I’m taking it works on inflammatory ache’s from arthritis,it has more omega 3&6 than any other oil, fyi

    • Thank you for your comment, Steve! Yes Hempseed oil is wonderful! I mix it with vinaigrette and love it 🙂 Hempseed oil and the actual hempseed have a 3:1 ratio of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, the perfect ratio needed for the human body. It is my understanding that hemp is the only plant source with that perfect ratio. Glad to know it is helping your arthritis! Omega fatty acids are inflammatory, so you are doing the right thing!

  3. Did you know Ziggy Marley’s has his own line of Coconut Oil in American groceries,we have it clear up in Wa. state,you know how groceries have people to hand out samples ?? well a few good lookin Rasta chicks could do a lot for Canadian Hemp Seed Oil as American’s are buying 60% of their crop now,pump up the stats just a wee bit more and Pat Robertson and the House Speaker will be growing it .Did you know more writings on Hemp exist by Brigham Young than George Washington,Romney could have got elected if he wasn’t so stoopid.

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