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a miracle plant that can save the earth

Rob | 13.01.2008 14:23 | Climate Camp 2007 | Animal Liberation | Education | Health | London | World


Please find attached info you probably didn't know about hemp, the world's most useful plant.
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I'm concerned that Hemp seems to be rarely mentioned in the climate change movement or mainstream media.
Although the BBC has a fair amount of info on it's website, you wouldn't know it unless you do a search.

A few Hemp facts:
Hemp was the world's most useful plant for 1000s of years and has only been demonised and written out of history & education in the last 70, mainly thanks to USA foreign policy.
Hemp is still used today in many ways including plumbing, horse bedding, bird seed, fish bait & bank notes.
Hemp is the number one bird seed and birds will select it first from a seed mix.
Hemp was banned in the UK around 1928 thanks to the Geneva Convention on Drugs. Britain had just completed a comprehensive study into hemp and concluded that under no circumstances must hemp be banned, as it would cause more problems than it solved. Britain then abstained from the vote and it was left to the Egyptian & Turkish delegations, with their massive cotton growing concerns to put the nails in the coffin.
Hemp has potentially 25,000 uses.
Hemp, unlike cotton needs no pesticides.
Hemp will protect other crops if grown as a border.
Cotton is responsible for 50% of world pesticide use.
Cotton kills! - World Health Organisation figures state that there are at least 25,000 third world worker deaths every year, directly from cotton pesticide use.
Hemp will grow in desert conditions & rebuilds the soil structure.
Hemp is an excellent source of protein & omega oils.
Hemp seed & oil are now popular health foods and can even be found in the church of Tesco.
Hemp is an excellent bio fuel. It can be grown on soil unfit for normal crops and will make that soil useful again.
Nepal had a hemp based economy until usa foreign policy flexed it's muscle.
Hemp in America was taxed out of existence by deception. Hemp was then demonised with racist lies including "it makes white women fall into the arms of black men" & "it makes black people insolent so they won't go to the back of the bus"
Hemp's criminalisation came just after Dupont had patented very harmful chemicals for cotton pesticides, synthetic fibres and wood paper-making.
Hemp was demonised by William Randolph Hearst's newspaper empire as it threatened his considerable timber interests.
Hemp makes the best paper in the world. It's far superior and longer lasting than wood paper and without the environmental damage from chopping down trees and the highly toxic process of paper making.
Hemp was made into some of the world's finest cloth in Italy until 1980. It was nearly as fine as silk.
Russia was the major producer of hemp rope and wars were fought to maintain supply.
Hemp ropes & sails enabled Britain to 'rule the waves'.
Hemp production is totally banned in America and they are even trying to ban it's products.
America has lobbied the UN to eradicate hemp from the face of the earth.
For a large part of history cannabis was the 1st, 2nd or 3rd most prescribed medicine. Even today major drug companies like GW Pharmacuticals are trying to separate & synthesise the active ingredients.
Hemp production in the UK is massively increasing every year thanks to a UK company called Hemcore. They supply the building industry and other commercial uses.

I feel compelled to ask: could the ban on hemp be keeping the third world hungry & the world polluted & at war?

Most wars are fought for control of energy supply & natural resources. If the people could easily grow their own energy, food & clothes why would they need to fight?

All this makes me wonder why: Greenpeace will have nothing to do with it, the Green Party acknowledge it's usefulness but don't campaign on it and Friends of the Earth only have a couple of articles.

The ignorance of this subject is incredible. On a recent Climate Change march in London I spoke to many different people and found that although the knowledge was thin there were no objections and everyone thought it was a great resource.

If you need any further information or sources for the facts above, just ask.

many thanks for listening,


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