Running Toward The Cure.

Posted January 4, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

thCACHL51Q-1After 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?”

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(Thanks to Press For Truth @ YouTube)

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Legalize Industrial Hemp In The Entire United States Of America.

Hemp maze (industrial hemp) at the "Späth...
Hemp maze (industrial hemp) at the “Späth’schen Baumschulen” (tree/plant nursery), Berlin, Germany, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

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Legalize – RE-legalize – industrial hemp in the United States of America.

Now.

(Video source: Lied2bad – YouTube)

 

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Industrial Hemp Revolution Coming To America.

Hemp maze (industrial hemp) at the "Späth...
Hemp maze (industrial hemp) at the “Späth’schen Baumschulen” (tree/plant nursery), Berlin, Germany, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 28, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

In my typical stumbling, bumbling way I came upon this excellent interview about industrial hemp. While surfing around YouTube I was curious to see what Dannion Brinkley, author of “Saved By The Light”, one of the first books to become popular focused on the near death experience (NDE), was up to these days.

In this interview with Dannion and Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc., the first publicly traded company which sells hemp products, they make the case that industrial hemp obviously should be legalized in the United States of America. Let us put it this way. Industrial hemp growing, its legalization in every state of the nation, is a “slam dunk” and a “no-brainer”.

America is the #1 importer of hemp products from nations whose people have legalized it years ago, while those who import hemp cannot buy it from American farmers

Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and other states have industrial hemp legalization initiatives

30,000 and more consumer goods can be, and are, produced from hemp

If humanity became forced to abandon the Earth and could only take one plant with them, hemp would be the choice, as every item needed for survival can be created/made from it, including food

In 2012 sales of hemp products was around $500,000,000, with forecasts indicating a tremendous growth in future sales due to intensifying customer demand for beneficial goods made from hemp

Pound for pound hemp has more protein than steak

Hemp fabrics are inherently anti-microbial, illustrating the great potential for hemp cloth manufacture of hospital scrubs, gowns, sheets and bedding, gloves, lab coats, etc.

Hemp is able to produce fuel, fiber, food, textiles, paper, medicine, healthy oils, building materials of all types, etc.

In states such as Colorado, where hemp farming is legal, farmers find themselves in a situation where manufacturers in other states where hemp farming is illegal cannot buy hemp legally from them

Those manufacturers become forced to buy hemp raw materials from China, Romania, Canada, and other nations @ 3 times the cost if they were able to buy directly from American hemp farmers

One hemp fact conclusively proves that current American federal law on hemp farming is, well – stupid, preposterous, and asinine.

Dannion Brinkley shares this fact in the interview. He points out that pulp, the raw material used to make paper cups, plates, writing paper, books, magazines, etc., in the total quantity grown on 5 acres by traditional tree-sourced processes, would need 20 years to grow and replace. In very sharp contrast, on 1 acre of hemp, which is a weed that will grow rapidly anywhere on Earth except the North and South poles, that same amount of pulp material will grow and be produced every 90 days.

Many reading these words are aware of the tremendous potentials of hemp production and manufacturing. There is no longer any debate. It is time that the United States Congress legalized industrial hemp farming in every state of the nation.

Perhaps many of you have used hemp products, such as skin softeners, clothing, or hemp oils. Of the many good benefits of the hemp plant, oil which is ingested, super-rich in essential omega oil content, is the one I most appreciate – good health benefits. For those who have used hemp-oil moisturizer you never forgot how after applying it to your hands, your hands became “soft as a baby’s butt”. One can only imagine how beneficial hemp oil is when it is taken internally, and comes into contact with internal organs.

Mr. Brinkley correctly identifies hemp farming legalization as a new “industrial revolution”, signaling an increase of awareness in the concept of “spiritualistic capitalism”. Industrial hemp farming legalization is a win/win/win for humanity. It is a step which is a winner for the environment, the economy and job creation, and for human health.

Just as the United States Congress must remove the roadblocks to American citizens’ access and use of solar, wind, biogas, and other available renewable energy potentials, lawmakers must remove the roadblocks to the tremendous benefits of hemp farming.

One of the reason I wanted to share this interview with you was to suggest the positive possibilities of taking part in the favorable business opportunities surrounding what is a growth industry: hemp farming, manufacturing, retailing, and investment.

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For more information visit the following websites:

To the members of Congress:

Regarding renewable energy and hemp farming – it is time to “get” the message of the old cliché – “lead, follow, or get out-of-the-way”. 

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English: Cultivation of industrial hemp for fi...
English: Cultivation of industrial hemp for fiber and for grain in france. Deutsch: Kultivation von industriellen Hanf in Frankreich Français : Culture de chanvre industriel pour les fibres et les graines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted by Jerry Alatalo August 11, 2013

“New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.”

John Locke (1632-1704)

It is time for people to face the facts and admit that hemp is a tremendously beneficial plant.

Industrial hemp is grown in France, China, England, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and other countries around the world. It has been made into high quality paper, which would decrease the number of trees which are cut down. It has been used to produce high quality textiles which are more breathable and ten times stronger than cotton.

It has been made into high quality bricks and chipboard for building construction. It is used to produce biofuels. It has been made into high protein foods and healthy omega rich oils. It has been used to produce plastics.

It grows very quickly, anywhere, and requires less water and chemicals than traditional crops like cotton, or trees. So there is no argument that hemp production would benefit humanity in many ways, including economic development for the thousands and thousands of people who would farm it.

So what is the holdup?

The owners of lumber, paper, cotton, plastics, pharmaceutical and other companies which like things just the way they are. Any allowance or approval of hemp related beneficial products by the American government would take a bite out of profits, especially good profits for those who manufacture drugs, and market share. We can’t be having that now, can we?

The following short documentary was produced by the young people at wearechange.org. The video explores the medical benefits of cannabis oil.

Just one question…

Is it wrong to help people improve their health and well-being?

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