Occupy ~ For Hemp!


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.

Hugh Downs Talks About The Possibilities Of Hemp


Over the past few decades hemp has been making a big return. Consumers are recognizing the wonderful properties of hemp – for food, fuel, construction, textiles, plastics, and medicine.

In November of 1990, Hugh Downs talked about hemp, the history, the natural resources, and the political aspects. Below is the audio video.

Enjoy!

Artists And Celebrities Turn To Biofuel


In an effort to lower their carbon footprint, artists and celebrities are utilizing sustainable fuels for their transportation. In other words, they are using biofuels.

Biofuels are derived from biomass, in this case, renewable plant matter such as corn, soy, peanuts, and hemp. Produced from vegetable oils, animal fats, or grease, biodiesel can be used in pure form or used as an additive to diesel to reduce carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon output.

Daryl Hannah is one of the first celebrities to have used biodiesel. She speaks out strongly in support of biodiesel options that reduce our dependence on foreign fossil fuels. Daryl has partnered with Annie Nelson (wife of Willie Nelson) and biodiesel pioneer Kelly King to create the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. The SBA’s mission is to address issues regarding sustainable biofuels in the USA, educating the public about the value of biodiesel and reducing dependence on foreign fuels.

Willie Nelson, when he is on the road, uses buses powered by biodiesel, and utilizes biodiesel in his personal vehicles as well. He is a major proponent of home-grown fuel alternatives. When Willie learned that the biodiesel industry was a huge benefit to farmers, he partnered with Earth Biofuels to market the biodiesel broadly.

Joining Daryl Hannah and Willie Nelson in promoting the benefits of biofuels, Julia Roberts, in 2006, partnered with Earth Biofuels, Inc. as a spokesperson and advisory board member. One of the projects was to work on a program advocating the utilization of biodiesel in the 500,000 school buses in use throughout the country.

A very recognizable voice (you’ve heard him on March Of The Penguins and The Long Way Home), Morgan Freeman has also lent his voice to the biofuel movement as a spokesperson for Earth Biofuels.

And who are other artists devoted to using sustainable biofuels? Pearl Jam, Nora Jones, Sheryl Crow – they utilize biofuels in their touring vehicles in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint.

The movement is growing. Artists are making their voices heard, and walking the talk, as they support a clean, sustainable fuel source that is healthier for our planet and our economy.

Hemp ~ Our Planet’s EcoSolution


Hemp is more than just a plant ~ it is a gift from nature that can be manufactured into nearly 50,000 items.

We are at a time when we are becoming more conscious of what we eat, wear, use, and HOW we use it, in addition to the impact these items have on our environment and planet.

HEMP AS FOOD AND MEDICINE

Hemp is proven to be one of the natural ways to keep optimum health. It is used as food (hemp seed, hemp seed oil) and medicine. Because hemp is so nutrient-rich, it can, in some cases, eliminate the need for vitamin supplements (in addition to a proper diet). It has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids needed by the body. Hemp is also an anti-inflammatory, repairs cells, heals/treats/eliminates disease, and is a perfect energy food.

HEMP AS FUEL

Hemp hurds can be up to 85% cellulose. Ethanol is processed from cellulose, making it the perfect clean fuel. Automobile engines that run on fossil fuels are one of the main sources of greenhouse gases; moving to hemp fuel will allow for cleaner air and less pollution. Gasoline engines produce a carbon residue, engines that run on hemp fuel do not release carbon emissions like gasoline.

HEMP AS PAPER AND PLASTIC

Again, this is where the high cellulose content comes into play. Cellulose is one of the most common organic compounds on the earth. Cellulose is used in paper production (cardstock, cardboard), textile production and even is a component in rayon. Trees are 30-40% cellulose, and in order to make paper products many chemicals and other components must be used. Not so with hemp. Fossil fuel-based plastics can also be replaced with hemp. Hemp plastics are cleaner, stronger, and lighter; hemp plastic components are now being used in vehicle production. Hemp paper and plastic products are biodegradable and will not harm the environment; in fact, if left to decompose they would act more like fertilizer.

HEMP FOR BUILDING

Hemp is an excellent choice for building. It is strong, clean, antibacterial, mold-, rot-, insect-, and pest-repellent. Hemcrete used for foundations is stronger and more flexible than ordinary concrete. Hemp insulation has a high R-value and cleans the air. There are now hemp roof tiles, hemp oil based paints, hemp carpets, curtains, upholstery. Hemp fiberboard is stronger than ordinary fiberboard.

HEMP CLOTHING

Clothing made from hemp lasts longer than clothing processed from cotton. It has excellent thermal properties, is UV resistant, and stays strong after many washings. Cotton is very chemical and water intensive in growth and processing; hemp is not. The first Levi jeans were made from hemp, mainly for the gold-rushers in Nevada.

HEMP FOR BODY CARE

Hemp oil based products are excellent for hair and skin. The nutrients help the hair stay shiny and strong; the oils are perfect for skin, in all seasons. The oil and nutrients do not sit on the skin, they go INTO the skin for optimum results. Hemp is excellent for moisturizing, for eczema and psoriasis, rashes, neurodermitis, and can also help slow the aging process.

Hemp does not need massive amounts of chemicals to grow, it does not need pesticides or fertilizers. It cleans the air as it grows and also helps nourish the soil. It is a clean solution for almost all the products that we now use.

Hemp is THE EcoSolution.

Hemp ~ A Perfect Ingredient For Cars And Construction


BBC – Countryfile, Episode 987 – November 2, 2008

This wonderful clip shows how hemp is used in automobiles (the Lotus) and in construction. How fantastic it would be to farm and manufacture products from this versatile crop ~ HEMP ~ here in the United States!

Hemp Cars & Hemp Fuel ~ Henry Ford Had The Right Idea


In the 1930s Henry Ford manufactured a car that he “built from the soil.” Yes, he built a HEMP car, with hemp grown from his own fields.

The car was composed of hemp plastic composite materials. Hemp panels on cars are lighter than steel, yet stronger. As you can see on the accompanying video, even after hitting the car with a sledgehammer there were no visible dents.

Not only was Ford’s car made from hemp, it also ran on hemp fuel. Ford recognized the vast economic resources of the hemp plant and intended his vehicles to run on hemp ethanol fuel.

Unfortunately, Henry Ford’s dreams of hemp vehicles that ran on hemp fuel didn’t materialize; cheap sources of fossil fuels were discovered, and shortly afterward hemp prohibition was initiated.

Imagine, a lighter, stronger car that runs on hemp fuel ~ this would mean a carbon-NEUTRAL or even a carbon-NEGATIVE vehicle, as opposed to a carbon-BASED vehicle that runs on fossil fuels.

Some auto makers today are utilizing hemp panels in their vehicles, making them more energy efficient as well as stronger and safer.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see Henry Ford’s vision become a mainstream reality?

Hemp ~ One Of The World’s Most Useful Plants


“The greatest service that can be rendered to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.” -Thomas Jefferson

Throughout the ages hemp has been used as food, clothing, for shelter, and fiber.

8000 BC hemp was processed and used as fiber, clothing and food.

500 BC Gautama Buddha ate hempseed to survive.

100 BC hemp paper was made in China.

In 100 AD Pliny the Younger, a Roman imperial magistrate who was a prolific writer and orator, wrote papers telling about the uses of hemp. He also wrote a hemp farming manual.

In 1150 AD Muslims started Europe’s first paper mill. For the next 700 years hemp would be used as the main fiber for paper.

In the 1600 and 1700s hemp was an important staple in the United States economy. Farmers were required to grow hemp.

The 1930s saw a decrease in hemp use, mainly because chemical, pharmaceutical, timber, and oil investors saw that their investments would be threatened by hemp. It became very difficult to get the permits required to grow hemp.

Fossil oil was the main source for fuel; synthetics were used for fabrics; trees were used for paper goods. Unfortunately, these products were not healthy for the earth or environment.

Hemp, however, uses less chemicals in processing than the above resources and HEALS the earth.

It’s time to do this country a service and allow hemp, one of the earth’s most useful plants, to be farmed again. For health, environment, and the economy.