I am not a scientist or a doctor, but I don’t think I have to be to say that our planet needs help! There are so many things we can and are doing, but they just don’t seem to be enough. Maybe we should try some things we can do but don’t. We have to change the way we purchase for the most part if we expect any changes.
The American public has more control over what is offered for sale than they realize. It is in our everyday purchases that bring about new products and materials. If you think about it, the trend for bottled water hit, and there is bottled water companies everywhere producing more bottled water than you can shake a stick at. This can be said with any trending item.
We as consumers can change the way products are made, we can demand the quality we desire of each and every product we purchase. This cannot, however, just be a trend. Saving the planet cannot simply be a trend, and it has to happen fast.
Industrial hemp brings a lot to the table on this subject. It can be used for so many things it would make you head spin! One of the safest bio fuels (diesel and ethanol) can be made from hemp seeds, plastics, paper of all sorts, clothing, food, fabrics, medicine, and so much more!!
Making paper goods from hemp is ideal as it can produce about 4x the amount of paper per acre of trees. Also, it is so toxic to make paper from trees with the chemicals required, and it requires a huge amount of water that is useless and toxic in the end.
Making hemp paper paper is not like that at all, there are no harmful chemicals involved, there is no reason. Hemp paper last longer and recycles better and is naturally acid free. A lot of professions require acid free paper, and wood pulp paper has to be specially treated to be acid free. As an artist I know for a fact I prefer acid free paper! Who wants their work on paper that will turn yellow with age, get brittle and fall apart? Not me, and I don’t even sell my work, I hang it on my own walls.
Why Don’t We Know More About Industrial Hemp?
We would know more about hemp and all it could be used for already, our fore fathers grew hemp and used it for many purposes. Industrial hemp was grown by every farmer, and used for so many things including sails for battleships, rope, clothing, lamp oil, and medicine. Until the late 1930’s, hemp was the very fiber of our country’s industries.
But see there was this little thing call fear of competition. This fear lead to hemp to being bunched in with marijuana as a drug that would ruin society. A high tax on farmers growing hemp slowed the growth, but eventually it became taboo to grow industrial hemp because marijuana was illegal and they were grouped together. Very few farmers continued to grow it, and all major progress of processing the plant ceased.
Can Enough Hemp Be Grown To Supply Public Demand of Products?
The answer is YES! If enough farmers get on board and start growing hemp we would have a whole new industry of jobs within four months. Industrial hemp grows very fast, like 4 months from seed to harvest. In some areas you can get 2 harvests from one field, maybe three depending on the year. And hemp will grow pretty much anywhere, it is a lot like a weed, it adapts to its environment to thrive.
Hemp requires very little care to grow, you plant the seeds and pray for sun and rain or start watering them. The hemp plant does not allow for other weeds to grow in its field, it “chokes” them out as they say in the plant world. So there for there will not be any weed killers used. Very few if any insects are drawn to industrial hemp, because of the strength of it’s stalk, so that also cuts the pesticides to a minimal or to not even being used.
There is enough farm land in the world to start growing hemp on a very large scale. All we need are some laws to change nationwide and willing farmers.
Is It Easy To Process Industrial Hemp
Right now the processing of hemp is very laborious, a lot of it is done by hand. If it were to be used on a daily basis in our society, the processing would have to be made simpler and more mechanical to be efficient. But nonetheless, if we change our buying habits to hemp products, the production of hemp products would increase and force a change in the industrial end of things. This would open up thousands of new jobs, potentially nationwide.
We have a huge population full of demands, this being said, we also have some very smart people in our huge demanding population. The issue of needing simpler processing could be very short-lived with new inventions. So come on geniuses of the world, we need you brain power right now!
How Can This Be Made Possible and Is It Feasible?
This can be made possible by the huge demanding population that we are, demanding hemp products. We could request that stores carry hemp paper products and then refuse to buy any wood paper products. We can do this same thing with plastics, and fuels as well. If we do not demand these changes, we will not get them.
It really is that simple, and yes it will cost the industrial world to switch over to produce the hemp products that impact our environment, but it is the industrial world’s fault as to why we are where we are with this anyhow. Had they not let the big oil tycoons, cotton growers, synthetic fabric makers, and others to pad their pockets back in the 30’s, we would probably still have hemp in our daily lives and our planet might not be in such turmoil.
If you think that the big tycoons will not adapt, you are crazy. We are the ones that are for paying for their big nice houses, fancy cars, vacations, super fat salaries, and other aspects of their expensive lifestyles. They don’t want that to stop, so they will make the changes we are asking for or we will pay someone else to and they will go broke. It is that simple.
We really must make a stand and take action now and start using hemp products, and other natural products, we have to stop using petroleum based products no matter what they are, that industry really needs to be shut down. Its one of the worst, the other is the paper industry. We can make paper from hemp or cotton more efficiently and safer than trees, yet we continue to allow clear cutting every day as we cannot seem to stop buying wood paper products.
The Major changes are the more simple ones on the consumer end, its just a different product that we put in our shopping cart or fuel tank, we are still paying for it no matter. It is just costing the planet less.
If we stop clear cutting trees for the processing of paper alone it will save acres upon acres of trees every year. We need these trees as part of our already diminishing ecosystem, they provide oxygen, shade, and shelter. We have already allowed the rain forest to be ravaged and it will never grow back the same, it’s just gone, forever.
I have often thought of what is going on under the surface of the earth from the massive crude oil drilling. The oil companies just pump the oil out of the ground like there will be no repercussions whats-so-ever. I disagree! I think there are now voids that will create potential catastrophic repercussions. If they are leaving voids as I suspect, there is a potential for collapse or cave-ins, and they drill in the ocean too guys. I say, if we can get by without ever drilling for another drop of crude oil we should, we will be better off in the long run.
If we changed those two things alone, our planet would start recovering.
Yes it will take time, but I think my daughter would see a difference in her lifetime, she is in her early teens. I think that by the time she is my age there would already be a substantial amount of tree regrowth. I am 45 so that would give 30 years of trees not being clear cut, but planted instead.
We don’t need to know how to make the items we need, as consumers, we just need to find our voices and demand they be available regardless.
I sincerely hope I have helped at least one person with this article. I would love to hear you opinion of my article or on the topic in general. Thank you for taking the time to read my article out of the many online.
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