“Make the most of the hemp seed, sow it everywhere.” – George Washington, first president of the U.S. and hemp advocate.
(while creating jobs, restoring soil, slowing climate change, and garnering some 478 other benefits of hemp)?
Hemp: A tall plant easily grown as a crop that can be turned into many things like food, fuel, plastic, fabric, rope, and tree-free paper. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
Hemp for rope, lubricating oil, shoe material, and other materials was in such short supply during World War II that the U.S. government temporarily re-legalized hemp so U.S. farmers could grow it for the war effort. Hemp helped us win World War II! Hemp was a common crop that was grown legally in the U.S. for commercial use until 1937.
Unlike virtually all hemp substitutes, growing hemp requires very little effort and very few resources. Most substitutes for hemp (sisal, kenaf, sugar cane) grow in limited geographical areas and none have the paper/fiber potential of hemp. Hemp can be grown in all 50 states!
Corporations that profited from the demise of hemp propagated a smear campaign against hemp by claiming that marijuana use was a major drug problem (it was not) and that marijuana use caused people to become extremely violent – another falsehood.
Unfortunately, these false claims went unchallenged and Congress outlawed hemp in 1937. Unfortunately, millions of Americans still believe the lies spread about marijuana/hemp.
Henry Ford even made auto body panels for early cars which also was fuelled by hemp, using hemp fibers.
KOCH Oxbow upgrades, handles, transports and sells KOCH petroleum coke and sulphur into markets where they can be used to produce aluminum, steel, electric power, fertilizer, cement and other products that kill and maim, that is to say, ‘destroy the planet and everything on it’.
Hemp is apparently the healthiest food on earth, both for feeding people and for feeding farm animals whom people eat or from which people eat the eggs or drink the milk. The same crop of hemp can, if all goes well, produce material stronger than steel or softer than cotton.
And the same crop can, in theory, produce a third thing at the same time, from yet another part of the plant: fuel.
You can build your tractor out of hemp, fuel it with hemp, and use it to harvest hemp — hemp that is busy restoring your soil, preventing erosion, and surviving the drought and climate change. You can do this while eating and drinking hemp and wearing clothes made of hemp and washed with hemp in your house also made of hemp and lime — a house that sucks carbon out of the atmosphere. (The list of products and benefits is endless.
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Large scale hemp planting should be encouraged in a HEMP FOR VICTORY program because hemp’s 6’ + root system cleans and aerates soil as done in Chernobyl. Hemp is a biomass champion at pulling excess CO2 from the air. Hemp’s 50,000 products can create revenue to help with health & other issues.
Hemp naturally repels weed growth and hemp has few insect enemies. Few insect enemies and no weed problems means hemp requires NO HERBICIDES and FEW or NO PESTICIDES!
Hemp produces more biomass than any plant that can be grown in the U.S. This biomass can be converted to fuel in the form of clean-burning alcohol, or no-sulphur man-made coal. Hemp has more potential as a clean and renewable energy source than any crop on earth! It is estimated that if hemp was widely grown in the U.S. for fuel/energy, it could supply 100% of all U.S. energy needs!
Marijuana has dozens of proven medicinal uses. Marijuana is more effective, less toxic, and less expensive than alternative synthetic medicines currently used. A recent poll revealed that over 50% of U.S. physicians would prescribe marijuana to their patients if it was legally available.
People who suffer from arthritis, AIDS, rheumatism, leukimia, multiple sclerosis, cancer, glauocoma, and other ailments can benefit from marijuana as medicine.
Cotton requires enormous pesticide use. 50% of all pesticides used in the U.S. are used on cotton. Substituting hemp for cotton would drastically reduce pesticide usage!
But isn’t the precedent of connecting U.S. foreign policy in any way to a substance that benefits, rather than destroys, the environment of potentially great value? While buying hemp abroad might be a move against permitting the production of hemp at home, won’t it just further fuel the argument that it’s insane to make U.S. companies import a raw material that they could much more cheaply grow (while creating jobs, restoring soil, slowing climate change, and garnering some 478 other benefits of hemp)?
Or is insanity just not that big a concern? Jon Walker has a book out called After Legalization. And there’s a book called Hemp Bound by Doug Fine. These guys are convinced that marijuana and hemp are both about to be legalized in the United States.
One of their arguments is that doing so has majority support — and support, they stress, from across the political spectrum (Fine can’t quote anybody without emphasizing that the person is NOT A HIPPIE). “Since when do 80% of Americans agree on anything, as they do that the drug war is a failure?” asks Fine.
Mobile phones: everyone owns one
You probably have something in your pocket right now that was made possible by brutal rebel groups, exploiting young african laborers…your cellphone. Men, women and children risk their lives and wellbeings to get you the mineral Coltan. Never heard about this? Watch this film. Mobile phones: everyone owns one, they are indispensable in our modern lives. But what almost no one knows: in each one of these devices is blood. Because these small marvels of technology do not work without a metal named Coltan. The main source of this material lies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also one of the main sources for the war there. This film explores how these mobile phones are funding killings in the Congo and how people with powerful interests are maintaining this blood trade.
Biggest scramble for Africa since the end of European colonialism.
This short film looks at how China, a country where human rights are often not respected, is expanding to Africa, a continent where worker rights violations are often not regulated. China’s economic boom is resulting in the biggest scramble for Africa since the end of European colonialism. Thousands of Chinese workers are now in Central Africa, buying up copper and cobalt.Reporter Aidan Hartley and producer Tom Porter begin their journey at a Chinese-owned mining complex. Locals tell Hartley that Chinese investment is fueling an economic boom in Zambia, bringing jobs and also skills that they can pick up. But many Zambians also accuse the Chinese of being so focused on making money out of Africa that they do not care about the local people.
British American Tobacco is breaking its own code of ethics by marketing to children.
BRITISH AMERICAN TABACCO: BANNATYNE TAKES ON TOBACCO
Join a journalist as he travels to Africa to see if British American Tobacco is breaking its own code of ethics by marketing to children. Duncan Bannatyne, multi-millionaire and the scourge of Dragons’ Den journeys to Africa to explore the rise in the number of kids smoking, and the activities of one tobacco company in particular. He uncovers evidence of the extraordinary marketing tactics of one British-based cigarette company which he believes are encouraging kids to smoke. His sharp business brain forensically gathers the evidence and then confronts the company back in London. But this is not just a hard hitting investigation, this is an emotional journey for Bannatyne. An ex -smoker himself, he loves Africa and in his travels he has a laugh with a tobacco grower, he is teased by the dinner ladies at a school in Malawi where he helps to cook the dinner, and he has to deal with the cockroach in his hotel room. He also meets kids as young as 11 who are not only smoking 10 a day, but also trying to make a living selling cigarettes.
Do you really know where your diamonds come from?
THE DIAMOND EMPIRE : OPPENHEIMER FAMILY’S CARTEL, ARTIFICIAL SCARCITY
Do you really know where your diamonds come from? What you may learn about how diamonds are obtained and who profits from their sale may surprise you.Diamonds are symbols of wealth, elegance and love around the world. But in several African nations, they have been a means to power, a reason to terrorize millions of innocent civilians, and may have even helped finance some of the world’s most brutal terrorists. The human cost of the illicit global diamond trade is examined in the provocative documentary “Blood Diamonds” from the History Channel.
King Leopold II of Belgium Reign of terror
CONGO: WHITE KING, RED RUBBER, BLACK DEATH
What is the most massive case of terror by a government in the last two centuries? If you guessed ‘The Holocaust,’ you’re wrong. King Leopold II of Belgium acquired Congo as a colony and exploited its people during his ‘reign of terror,’ a terrible genocide that has unfortunately been mostly forgotten.The Congo had the misfortune to be rich in rubber, and as the increasing popularity of bicycles and cars resulted in a rubber boom, the Belgian monarch resorted to barbaric means to increase production, including punitive mutilation and murder. Eventually news of his barbarism became known to the public through the crusading work of a Liverpool journalist and his missionary allies, but as is often the case, history has an unfortunate way of erasing, hiding, or just plain ignoring painful truths. It was several years before countries realized that they two had been duped in helping Leopold achieve his purely power driven goals.
Cases of slavery around the world
This 80-minute documentary, inspired by Kevin Bales’ award-winning book “Disposable People,” exposes cases of slavery around the world, in India, Africa and right here in the U.S. Slavery is officially banned internationally by all countries, yet despite this there are more slaves in the world today than ever before.In the four hundred years of the legal slave trade around 13 million people were shipped from Africa. Today there are an estimated 27 million slaves – people paid no money, locked away and controlled by violence. Multi-Award winning documentary makers Kate Blewett and Brian Woods – this terrible exploitation with their own eyes.
This film explores three separate industries where slaves are still to be found: the carpet industry in northern India, the cocoa industry in the Ivory Coast, and domestic slavery in Britain and the U.S. At present, approximately 4000-5000 children are missing from Northern Bihar, India. Amongst the missing is Huro, a boy who disappeared at six years old, and hasn’t been seen by his family in over five years.
The cocoa industry of Cote d’Ivoire produces nearly half the world’s supply (over 100 million tons) grown on thousands of small plantations where young men are worked up to eighteen hours a day, unpaid, and beaten if they try to escape. Kate and Brian interview slaves still working in the plantations, as well as a group of young men who had been rescued just days before.
Most people imagine that slavery is only found in the developing world, a long way from Western democratic capitals. Kate and Brian found slavery in both Washington and London. A woman named Dora in Washington and another named Reshma in London both tell stories of cruelty, long hours and no payment. Both wish, in their own courageous way, to bring to the public’s attention the wrong that has been done to them in order to prevent such abuses happening in the future.
ON OUR WATCH – A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT GENOCIDE IN DARFUR
See how bad the situation in Darfur is in only 10 minutes. Three years of fighting in Darfur have destroyed hundreds of villages, displaced 2.2 million and led to more than 400,000 deaths. President Bush has accused the government of Sudan of genocide, but the U.S. has taken few concrete actions to stop the fighting. Narrated by Sam Waterston, this documentary tells the story of those who have lost their loved ones to this war, those who are fighting to survive and those who are working to bring peace to the region.
THE DIAMOND EMPIRE : OPPENHEIMER FAMILY’S CARTEL, ARTIFICIAL SCARCITY
Gems are genuinely worth more based on their scarcity. So diamonds must be very rare, right? The entire industry is dominated by one company that has gone to extraordinary lengths to turn an ordinary product into a valuable commodity. Why do some say that this industry is brutal and has it been pulling the wool over our eyes?
How an advertising slogan invented by Madison Avenue executives in 1948 has come to define our most intimate rituals and ideals around courtship and marriage is the subject of this devastating documentary.
THE DIAMOND EMPIRE, which sent shockwaves through the world diamond industry when it first appeared, systematically takes apart the myth that “diamonds are forever,” exposing how one white South African family, through a process of monopoly and fantasy, managed to exert control over the global flow of diamonds and shape the very way we think about romance and love â€“ an achievement all the more stunning given that diamonds are in fact neither a scarce nor indestructible commodity. Zeroing in on how “the diamond empire” managed to convert something valueless into one of the most coveted commodities in history, the film provides a riveting look at how marketing and consumer culture not only influence global trade and economics, but also burrow down into the very core of our identities. Most of the major diamond producers belong to, or have cooperated with, the De Beersâ€“led marketing cartel, formed to maintain the price of diamonds at a high level. De Beers, under Harry Oppenheimer’s leadership (1957 â €“84), maintained its dominant position in the industry by using its numerous worldwide companies to buy up new sources of diamonds and to control distribution of industrial diamonds and production of synthetic ones. In the last decades of the 20th cent., however, De Beers’ hold over the unpolished diamond market decreased, and in 2000 the company announced it would end to its policy of controlling diamond prices through hoarding and shift its focus to increasing sales.
slaughter of 800,000 human beings over 100 days?
THE GHOSTS OF RWANDA
How could it happen that America and the West stood aside and did nothing to stop the slaughter of 800,000 human beings over 100 days? On the 10th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the powerful story of those who participated in the world’s failure to act, those few who stood up and tried to save lives, and all who are still deeply haunted by what they did. Ghosts of Rwanda marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key government officials and diplomats, this documentary offers eyewitness accounts of the genocide from those who experienced it firsthand. FRONTLINE illustrates the failures that enabled the slaughter of 800,000 people to occur unchallenged by the global community.