Posted January 4, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
After looking into what has gone on in Canada’s tar sands, and the multi-billion dollar investments by some of the world’s largest extraction corporations, it becomes easier to understand why environmentalists, indigenous people, climate scientists, and others are very concerned. Canada’s tar sands represent the third largest oil deposits on Earth, behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. I watched a film about the massive machines that are used to dig up the soil, to depths of 70 meters, along with huge dump trucks running 24 hours a day. The film also reports on and films the rest of the facilities, nothing less than the largest oil shale processing operations on Earth.
Wastewater pools (more like lakes), containing the heated water used to “scrub” the bitumen containing the end product oil, have become so large that they can now be seen from space. One couldn’t help but wonder how this largest of scales activity was going to add to the severeness of climate change destruction, with the increased burning of the oil and gasoline coming from these Canadian sites. Add to this the damage being done through hydraulic fracturing (fracking), while the investments in clean, non-polluting, renewables have not been – although making gains in total new energy production – where they should be to match renewables’ absolutely excellent potential.
Besides thinking about wind, solar, geothermal, energy efficiency, and other kinds of renewables, my thoughts turned to industrial hemp, and its great potential as an energy source. I found out that Kentucky has given the go-ahead for their farmers to grow industrial hemp – from which some 30,000 or more products are made – and that a number of other states are moving in the same direction. I learned that farmers are able, through growing industrial hemp, to earn much more money per acre than other crops.
Corn farmers, corn being the main source of ethanol for gasoline, bring in around $800/acre, while the use of corn for ethanol has caused food shortages and rising food prices. Cotton farmers, who would probably go out of business when industrial hemp farming becomes approved across America, earn around $700/acre. Potato farmers: $1,400/acre. Tobacco: $3,500/acre.
Industrial hemp farmers would earn $2,100/acre for the hemp oil alone. Add per acre income from the hemp fiber, cellulose, and the pressed remains used for livestock feed (3 times as nutritious as traditional feed), and the hemp farmer earns from $4,000-5,000/acre. As an aside income, the hemp farmer can earn from electricity produced by wind and solar installations on his land. More than thirty nations around the world have grown industrial hemp for many years. And then exporting products made from hemp to America.
Industrial hemp’s potential to become a $1.5 trillion-dollar industry in America makes most Americans feel that it should certainly be approved for cultivation across the United States. The miraculous properties of hemp, including its value as an energy, food, clothing, building materials, automotive parts, paper, and medicine, among thousands of other uses, seems like an obvious “win/win”, making legalized hemp farming a “no-brainer”.
Back to the big money guys again
How many in-depth reports have you seen on mainstream TV news about hemp and it thousands of uses, including as medicine? Or in-depth reports about renewable energies, or GMO food dangers, or public banking options, or single-payer national health systems, etc.? Or geo-engineering, or Wall Street corruption, or the real reasons for United States initiated wars of aggression? Or who really owns the Federal Reserve and central banks around the world? The list of unreported stories goes on and on.
Industrial hemp, although obviously a “win/win” crop, has some very wealthy opponents when it comes to legalizing its cultivation. These are the owners of corporations who have enjoyed the lion’s share of markets in their businesses of expertise. Such as oil, gas, coal, and nuclear, lumber and paper, cotton and textiles, steel, construction materials, among many others. When industrial hemp becomes legal to farm in America, each of these corporate sectors, and the people who own the corporations, will find themselves in situations where their income and profit will be falling.
The drug and pharmaceuticals companies are also concerned. Because the medicinal properties of hemp may eliminate any need for pills, chemotherapy, and a number of other products these companies make huge margins of profits on. I first heard of Rick Simpson after watching “Run From The Cure”, a documentary showing viewers his experiences in Canada where he produced hemp oil to cure people of cancer and a number of other ailments in his community. I will post the film in a subsequent post, but the following 20-minute video is an interview of Rick Simpson done recently.
Rick Simpson has no problem with doctors – he sees that they are necessary for surgeries and putting people back together after accidents, and so on. He has a big problem however, when it comes to the medical, political, and corporate blockage of people from what he firmly believes are the miraculous healing properties of essential oil from the hemp plant. After watching “Run From The Cure” and listening to Rick Simpson while being interviewed, I believe him.
To the men and women reading this, all I can ask is: “what if he is telling the truth?”
(Thanks to Press For Truth @ YouTube)