ExxonMobil/hempforfood.org partnership.

An open letter to Mr. Rex Tillerson
President & CEO, ExxonMobile
Irving, TX

Re: An ExxonMobil/hempforfood.org partnership?

Dear Mr. Tillerson,

Climate Change groups have concluded that global warming is caused by people using fossil fuels. They point to fossil fuels as the cause of higher CO2 levels. Yet, their ideas for reducing CO2 levels seem unrealistic, controlling and disruptive. The good news is that CO2 levels could be reduced efficiently, not by destroying the oil industries, but by reviving the industrial hemp industries.

Since hemp breathes in 4xs more CO2 than other trees do, growing hemp again could help reduce CO2 levels. What’s even more certain is the clean burning fuel that is produced from fast growing hemp. Each acre of hemp could yield about 1,000 gallons of methanol. Popular Mechanics, in February 1937, predicted hemp would be the world’s first “Billion Dollar Crop” that would support thousands of jobs and provide a vast array of consumer products from dynamite to plastics. History shows automaker Henry Ford was on board with the hemp revolution.

ExxonMobil/hempforfood.org partnership?

At hempforfood.org our mission is to end world hunger one hemp plant at a time. An ExxonMobil / hempforfood.org partnership could bring about many benefits for people, businesses and the environment. Not only could our partnership work to reduce CO2 levels and provide clean burning fuel, it could also help alleviate hunger. Continue reading “ExxonMobil/hempforfood.org partnership.”

Hemp: good for Chernobyl & California

This blog is an attempt to explain how growing hemp throughout California could help restore the air and soil back to its original pristine condition using the same simple method used to clean up Chernobyl.

If you’ve ever been to California you know how hard it is to describe it’s beauty to someone who has never been. But, with all its beauty and grandeur the Golden State has taken a few environmental hits in the past 100 years. Two issues that come to mind are smog and forest fires. Smog, though not as bad as it once was is still an issue in LA. When this toxic air isn’t breathed in by the people and pets, it falls to the ground and ends up contaminating the soil and water.

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In other areas of the State, forest fires have not only taken the lives of many people, destroyed beautiful properties it has also claimed untold hectares of wildlife.

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As different as these two environmental situations may be, growing hemp could help reduce both of these devastating effects on California’s environment. The best known solution to reduce smog in LA would be to grow hemp practically everywhere in the city. What other plant or machine converts CO2 into oxygen quicker and more efficiently? At the same time the hemp plants would also clean the soil. LA couldn’t ask for a better remedy or a better investment! Plus, hemp really is a beautiful plant.

Hemp helps detoxify and regenerate the soil. Hemp plants can even pull nuclear toxins from the soil. In fact hemp was planted near and around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to pull radioactive elements from the ground. The process is called phytoremediation, which means using plants (phyto) to clean up polluted sites. Phytoremediation can be used to remove nuclear elements, and to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, crude oil, and other toxins from landfills. Hemp breaks down pollutants and stabilizes metal contaminants by acting as a filter. Hemp is proving to be one of the best phytoremediation plants found. Source: Hemphasis.net

For the rebuilding of the ecosystem after the forest fires: Hemp roots absorb and dissipate the energy of rain and runoff, which protects fertilizer, soil, and keeps seeds in place. Hemp plants slow down the velocity of runoff by absorbing moisture. By creating shade, hemp plants moderate extreme variations in temperatures, which conserves moisture in the soil. Hemp plants reduce the loss of topsoil in windy conditions. Hemp plants also loosen the earth for subsequent crops. Source: Hemphasis.net

Hemp doesn’t catch fire like aged, dry forests do. It could be grown as a fire resistant barrier around homes and neighborhoods alike. It’s as if hemp was designed to help keep California clean!

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Unfortunately, under federal law hemp is classified as a Schedule 1 drug and therefore illegal to use in California – for any reason. Surprised? What is also surprising is that smog has been an issue for decades in beautiful Los Angeles. You’d think by now that the California environmentalists would have forced this issue and won the right to grow industrial hemp to help clean up the city’s smog and contaminated soil. One might also expect Californians to even go a step farther and actually mandate the growing of hemp everywhere in CA. just like they did back in 1619, when hemp was such an important resource, it was illegal not to grow hemp in Jamestown, Virginia! Massachusetts and Connecticut had similar laws.

So, to the environmentalists in California: please, let’s work together so our voices can be heard by those who continue to keep hemp from the people.

Whether it’s for producing nutritious food, clean fuel, durable fiber or to clean up the environment, let’s demand the right to revive the industrial hemp industry here in the US.

Hemp Is A Schedule 1 Drug.

 

U.S. law governing hemp – from Kentucky Agriculture Department site http://www.kyagr.com/

  •  Under the current U.S. drug policy, all cannabis varieties, including hemp, are considered Schedule I controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA, 21 U.S.C. §§801 et seq.; Title 21 CFR Part 1308.11). Hemp production is controlled and regulated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It is illegal to grow hemp without a DEA permit. Cannabis varieties may be legitimately grown for research purposes only.
    Kentucky Agriculture Department.
  • THC levels for hemp generally are less than 1 percent. Federal legislation that would exclude hemp from the legal definition of marijuana would set a ceiling of 0.3 percent THC for a cannabis variety to be identified as hemp. Marijuana refers to the flowering tops and leaves of psychoactive cannabis varieties, which are grown for their high content of THC. THC levels for marijuana average about 10 percent but can go much higher.
    Kentucky Agriculture Department.

When many people hear that hemp is classified as a Schedule 1 drug they either don’t believe it or they laugh at how ridiculous this sounds. What is not so funny is the amount of hungry people in the US, Central America and Africa for instance, who could benefit from a robust hemp industry.

The US government is pouring huge amounts of (borrowed) money into border patrols and fences designed to prevent hungry people from sneaking into our country. The majority of these people are from Central America. Instead, shouldn’t we be working hard to improve the living conditions for the people living in Central America? The answer is yes, and the best way to accomplish this would be to revive the industrial hemp industry – not only in Central America but Africa and the US as well.

Just think what the industrial hemp revolution could do for all the hungry children, stagnant economies and even the environment. Hemp is the miracle plant of our time, breathing in 4x the carbon dioxide (CO2) of trees during it’s quick 12-14 week growing cycle. Trees take 20 years to mature vs 4 months for Industrial Hemp! Our forests are being cut down 3x faster than they can grow! One acre of hemp produces as much cellulose fiber pulp as 4.1 acres of trees!!! (Dewey & Merrill. Bulletin #404. U.S. Dept. of Ag 1916)

Does anyone see a downside to the re-legalization of hemp or the hemp industry? Since the USA is the only industrialized country that still prohibits hemp use – we could ask the rest of the world – even the communist countries(!) what they use hemp for – and if they have seen any unintended consequences from using it.

In all fairness – here is what the DEA has to say about hemp as a Schedule 1 drug. News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2001

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While most of the THC in cannabis plants is concentrated in the marijuana, all parts of the plant, including hemp, have been found to contain THC. The existence of THC in hemp is significant because THC, like marijuana, is a schedule I controlled substance. Federal law prohibits human consumption and possession of schedule I controlled substances. In addition, they are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medical use.

The following lists are from the DEA web site.

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Imagine that – shampoo made with hemp is OK but a veggie burger made with nutritious hemp seeds is illegal because it may contain negligible amounts of THC. One would need to eat a veggie burger the size of an older model Buick in order to get high from a hemp seed burger!

If I were an elected official I’d be concerned the voters are no longer buying this kind of outdated information. This could and perhaps should turn into a credibility issue for them. Does anyone believe hemp should be classified as a Schedule 1 drug? I don’t think so.

There are 45 million Americans living in poverty – everyone of them should be allowed – even encouraged by Uncle Sam to grow their own hemp for food, clothing, shelter and clean fuel.

Hemp For Victory! Remember that campaign? What happened to it?

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Lets bring it back. Re-legalize hemp – and see the most beneficial & peaceful revolution ever.

~hempmeister

Military vehicles or Decorticators?

Militarization of the local police forces… in Nashville?

Suspicion and anger is growing in America over the recent militarization of the local police forces. Armored vehicles like this are quietly showing up everywhere. This one below is in Nashville. So, you and your family decided to visit the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. What would you want or expect to see – Military vehicles or Decorticators?

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Apparently, this one is needed in Nashville just in case those country musicians and their tourists at the Grand Ole Opry get out of hand. However, I’ll bet the kind, gentle music loving folks in Nashville and those visiting would prefer to see this SWAT mobile turned into a decorticator.

A decorticator
A Decorticator a machine for stripping the hemp stalks in preparation for further processing.

The Decorticator

A decorticator is a machine for stripping the skin, bark, or rind off nuts, wood, plant stalks, grain, etc., in preparation for further processing.

This machine designed by George Schlichten separated the long hemp fibers from the pulp of the hemp stalks, dramatically reducing the exorbitant labor costs associated with cleaning and preparing hemp for further processing. ”

“With the new machine, known as a decorticator, hemp is cut with a slightly modified grain binder. It is delivered to the machine where an automatic chain conveyer feeds it to the breaking arms at the rate of two or three tons per hour. The hurds are broken into fine pieces which drop into the hopper, from where they are delivered by blower to a baler or to truck or freight car for loose shipment. The fiber comes from the other end of the machine, ready for baling…

Schlichten spent 18 years and £400,000 ($667,578.00 US Dollars) on the decorticator, a machine that could strip the fibre from nearly any plant, leaving the pulp behind. His desire was to stop the felling of forests for paper, which he believed to be a crime!”

In 1919, George Schlichten received a U.S. patent on his improvements of the decorticator for treating fiber bearing plants.[6] Schlichten failed to find investors for production of his decorticator and died as a broken man in 1923. Source: Wikipedia
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Military vehicles or Decorticators?

Seed decorticators perform the task of cracking the shell of seeds/nuts as well as separate the nut which is the part of seed, from the shell.

As every household in America received a Hemp Farm Kit and began growing hemp for food, fuel and fiber, the decorticators will be necessary to process the fiber. This way we could leave the forests alone – uncut.

What would you rather have in your neighborhood, thriving hemp industries complete with decorticators everywhere – or armored military vehicles patrolling your streets looking for cannabis users?

Lets turn the war on drugs into a war on poverty with the help of decorticators!

High School Hemp Gardens

Have you ever walked into a high school building and were almost knocked back by the large amount of CO2 in the air? It gets worse as the day goes on. Fortunately, there is a solution:

● Dr. Who on The Weed blog writes: Humans breathe in oxygen (O) and breathe out carbon dioxide (CO2). Plants do the reverse. They “breathe in” CO2 and “breathe out” oxygen (O). This is why plant life is an essential part of the worlds’ ecosystem. Without plants, CO2 levels would rise to intolerable levels. (Like in the high schools!) Plants use CO2 for growth. It is the essential building block for photosynthesis (along with light and water). Plants cannot grow without CO2.

● Hemp is the miracle plant of our time, breathing in 4x the carbon dioxide (CO2) of trees during it’s quick 12-14 week growing cycle. Dewey & Merrill. Bulletin #404. U.S. Dept. of Age. 1916

Conclusion: Every high school building ought to have a hemp garden in it to take advantage of the high amounts of CO2 present. The students could learn to grow hemp to provide 1) fresh air exchange program for the students 2) hemp seeds that the students could use to make foods 3) the hemp fibers could be used in “shop classes” to build just about everything.

Does anyone have a good reason why high schools are banned from this “healthy hemp” learning experience?