Posted November 15, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
Or should I say RE-legalize industrial hemp? Because industrial hemp was legal to grow in America from 1776-1937, when powerful paper, chemical, lumber and other interests colluded to pass a law banning hemp growing in the USA. For every citizen of the USA in 1776 it was mandatory to grow hemp. If a person did not grow hemp they were breaking federal law.
In 2013 there are a few signs of hope that industrial hemp is coming back in America. States like Kentucky, Oregon, Colorado, New Hampshire, and others have made decisions to either approve hemp cultivation or conduct serious discussions about approving its farming. Given the general condition of the world – most importantly climate change displayed by Typhoon Haiyan, and fossil fuel-related wars and expenditures in the trillions of dollars – it is time for the entire nation to lift the ban on industrial hemp.
Climate change and industrial hemp
Hemp absorbs four times as much greenhouses gases as trees. Hemp grows anywhere and to maturity/harvest in heights from 10-15 feet in 90 days. After the nation lifts the ban on industrial hemp, CO2 will become taken up by hemp plants at an increasingly rapid rate, while CO2 becomes absorbed in addition by the trees that would have been cut down had the ban continued. Simple logic tells one that this possible situation with regard to the environment, and a significant reduction in greenhouse/climate change-inducing gases is a “win/win”.
Just how many trees will continue to grow and absorb CO2 and other greenhouse gases after the national hemp ban becomes lifted? I would suggest that in a relatively short period there will no longer be a need to cut down trees in America. Industrial hemp plants, their “trunks” can be used as firewood, so those people who burn wood will be able to burn the hemp for heating. Homes will become built entirely from hemp-based construction products, which are available for every part and component of homes.
What about hemp-related bio-fuels? Is it true that hemp has the potential to replace gasoline and diesel for powering vehicles?
In 1941 Henry Ford’s company built a car made from hemp, that ran on fuel made from hemp! The body of the car was super-light plastic made from hemp, much lighter as compared to iron and steel, and ten times as strong. Hemp bio-fuels have a proven record of being a suitable, reliable, alternative to corn-based ethanol and dirty diesel and gasoline. Hemp bio-fuels run cleaner without any emissions of CO2 greenhouse gases, while improving performance of engines and keeping internal parts cleaner.
There have been estimates that if 6% of the arable land in America became devoted to hemp farming, the USA would no longer need to import one drop of foreign oil or gas. Now, if you combine hemp and renewable energies like solar, wind, bio-gas, geothermal, and energy efficiency, it is quite rational so see a potential future where people possess the option to become completely self-sufficient.
There would be installations for homes and farms that would allow citizens to produce bio-fuels for their cars, trucks, and tractors while giving away or selling excess to neighbors. These same citizens would never again see their sons and daughters going to far-away lands to war and kill poor people – to protect access for oil and natural gas companies. Those same sons and daughters would have access to jobs in the newly developing industrial hemp based industries, no longer without options and joining the military.
Simple logic tells one that such a situation is a “win/win”. Natural resource wars are over.
Because the wars are over that 50-55% of the federal budget devoted to defense, of which a significant portion being devoted to protecting shipping lanes and access to fossil fuels regions, will be reduced and those funds spent/directed to peaceful developments which are beneficial to humanity. Investment in schools, infrastructure, renewable energy, research, international exchange programs, aid to developing nations, the end of poverty, homelessness, environmental pollution, and disease…
I can imagine some men and women reading these words imagining at the same time. Some are seeing in their mind’s eye me sitting at the keyboard and pausing now and then to take a “hit” off of my doobie, stoned to the gills and conveying some type of impossible to implement utopian fantasies. Well, you would be half-right. Just substitute cigarette for doobie, and excitement about real possibilities for stoned to the gills, and utopian fantasies with real, implementable solutions.
Industrial hemp is a truly miraculous plant while at the same time is a freakin’ weed that grows anywhere. Very rapidly.
Many hold the perspective that hemp is the one plant that can produce everything that humans need to survive on Earth. If the human race had to leave this planet the most logical plant, if there were only one plant that could be taken along, to pack up for the ride away from the planet, it would be hemp.
I am totally convinced that industrial hemp, when grown abundantly all over this Earth, will certainly solve virtually every historical problem mankind has ever faced.
Hemp can be converted/made into fuels, fibers for textiles and building products, paper products, plastics, the highest density proteins foods, and medicine. Remember Henry Ford built a car of hemp, that was fueled by hemp. Estimates of the number of superior quality products which can be produced from hemp range from 30,000 to 50,000.
Food, shelter, clothing, energy/fuels, medicine, and thousands and thousands of products. The Creator/God and Mother Earth provide the water and air.
Legalize – RE-legalize – industrial hemp in the United States of America.
(Video source: Lied2bad – YouTube)
- Legalization Marijuana’s innocent little Brother… Hemp (crewgreen.org)
- GUEST ESSAY: DEA cultivated a myth about hemp in America (poststar.com)
- Industrial hemp in Oregon: U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer urges Oregon to be national leader on hemp (oregonlive.com)
- Colorado Hemp Farming Regulations Unveiled (krextv.com)
- Oregon farmer sees potential for industrial hemp in Oregon (oregonlive.com)
- Colorado hemp task force unveils regulations for legal farming (denverpost.com)
- U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer: Oregon Is Poised To Be A Leader In Industrial Hemp (theweedblog.com)