Could Industrial Hemp Really Save our Economy?

I was watching a clip on NBC last night about all these these new factories starting up…

  • The first thing that came to my mind was that these should be restructured to focus on generating, manufacturing and selling hemp based products. Industrial hemp truly should become the method of revival for this country & this planet. 
  • The U.S.A. is on the verge of a huge economic collapse, akin to the Great Depression, in my opinion and observation. History repeats itself if we don’t learn from past choices. According to my sources & understanding, we are in stage six of seven according to history.   
  • I’m not trying to be a fear monger but I’m still making plans to try and come out of it somewhat on top. 
  • I believe that this country has tremendous potential and incredible resources from this one misunderstood plant that was naturally growing here when we arrived.  
  • Certain misleading concepts were created by certain well known industries like Big Oil, Big  Pharma and the Federal Reserve, not necessarily in that order.
  • The oil companies cannot be allowed to continue destroying the world with toxic emissions, emptying out underground caverns filled with crude oil and causing destructive oil spills in the oceans. 
  • The pharmaceutical companies should not be allowed to continue “playing Doctor.” Most of the ads warn us of side effects seemingly more daunting than the original problem. It is very rare to find an individual, like myself, who is not taking at least one medication on a regular basis. If you think about it, every one of these drugs folks are taking is filling our water supply with the ingredients that their body has ingested! This says nothing for the production pollution of these pharmaceutical companies. 
  • I think it’s time we got back to the basics and restructured our culture to rely more on earth’s natural plant based resources, especially Hemp . 
  • Geat gains were made in this country when products were developed here and sent as exports rather than having purchase products as imports.  America currently imports approx. 400 $billion worth of hemp based products.  Why aren’t we allowed to benefit from this agricultural crop?

What are the best energy efficient building materials?

Hemp building materials!

I know you’re probably thinking it sounds crazy but, it is true that there are entire warehouses & homes built out of hemp bricks. Naturally, these buildings are not in America.  

  • These bricks are called hempcrete,
  • are 10 times stronger than concrete bricks or cinder blocks
  • stronger & safer to use in earthquake zones.
  • fireproof, and highly bullet resistant
  • waterproof, & mold and mildew retardant
  • completely free of insect and rodent pests
  • Buildings constructed of hempcrete blocks require no heating or cooling systems to maintain a comfortable temperature- now that’s green energy!
  • I’m envisioning an entire revolution in the construction industry using these types of products.
  • Imagine some type of spray which could be formulated containing hemp fibers to coat existing structures which would save enormous amounts of energy.
  • Hemp fiber insulation is more efficient, non abrasive & shares the same qualities of hemp bricks (above)

    Hemp fiber insulation

The biggest challenge is to get our government to Re-legalize and decriminalize Hemp as an agricultural crop.  This would create HUGE new industries & jobs while cleaning & protecting our environment!

What are we waiting for…we must band together & make our political leaders re-legalize Industrial Hemp.  It’s NOT marijuana. Why don’t we have these products readily available in the USA?

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*Hemp fiber insulation- http://natureproinsulation.co.uk
*Hempcrete Http://humor.gunaxin.com

This is the New American Christmas Tradition!

I just got this in an email & wish I’d thought of it…let’s make it go viral & save energy, reduce our carbon footprint & support American workers & American jobs!

Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin’s on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

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