Everything Petroleum Does, Hemp Does Better

Written by on December 29, 2012 in Alternative Energy, Environment with 2 Comments

hemp_0By Becca Wolford, Contributing Writer | Waking Times 

We are in an economic crisis. But don’t panic, there are always good things that come out of crises. It’s all a matter of being aware, being ready, and being educated.

Our economy, put simply, really sucks right now. But the United States is not alone. Other countries are facing the same pain. There are several factors that have had a hand in the decline.

Here is a simplified example:

A country has good currency and a strong economy. It sees a population growth and economic growth. More programs are implemented (public works, healthcare, public housing assistance, welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Workman’s Comp., etc.), aiding in influence in economic issues and politics…and then the money and influence gets channeled into a huge military fund/presence. The military is then utilized, and enormous expenditures occur (funding wars). This transfer of money, or wealth, is the cause of economic pain for most of the population, and results in inflation and the declining value of the dollar.

(image from rickety.us)

Here are the main reasons for our economic state today:

1. Housing Bubble

2. Record amounts of debt

3. Oil

If you look at history about 100 years ago, when the big oil boom started, that is when the economy surged and the population started seeing an increase. And, when you think about it, almost everything you have is the result of oil. Clothing, food, homes, vehicles, transportation, electronics, household goods – all are/were dependent on oil, either in the manufacturing of those goods or the transportation used in getting those goods to you.

The United States uses 25% of the world’s daily oil supply, and imports 70% of that. (forestecologynetwork.org)

Oil is not a renewable resource, and it is a DECLINING resource. Easy, cheap oil is on the decline. Countries are seeing a decline in oil extraction, and there is a rush to find either new oil fields or alternate sources of energy. Again, at this point, it is the EASY, CHEAP oil that is on the decline.

Global oil production is declining at 8-10% per  year. And what does this mean? Higher prices. For EVERYTHING.

Now, this is not the end of the world as we know it. There IS a solution, and that solution is HEMP.

Hemp does everything that petroleum does, AND BETTER!

Extracting fossil fuels are harmful to the environment and to human health. Petroleum extracting and processing is a chemical-intensive, expensive process.  Hemp oil for fuel is simply a matter of growing, harvesting, and processing.

Petroleum-based plastics are not biodegradable. Hemp-based plastics are recyclable and biodegradable.

Fuel for transportation can be replaced with hemp-based biofuels. Hemp fuel is clean, efficient, and…if it spills it does not harm the environment, it is more like a fertilizer.

Everything, EVERYTHING, that petroleum does, hemp does. So, why are we feeling this pain from fossil fuels?

Why are we not allowing our farmers to grow hemp?  Well, we know the reasons – big oil, pharma, timber, and chemical companies do not want to lose their investment dollars; the military – using OUR dollars to fund wars, some of which have to do with…yes, you guessed it…OIL.

What would happen if in the next few years we, in the U.S., farmed hemp on a large scale? We would have no more dependence on foreign oil, we certainly wouldn’t need so much money spent on the military, we would have a clean, safe alternative, and every single factor in our lives when it comes to food, clothing, health, transportation, housing, etc. – it would all be thanks to HEMP. Our economy would start to heal. The government wouldn’t need to print new money, causing more debt (which, by the way, is NOT the answer to reviving a sucky economy).

So, what do we do now? We keep speaking, we keep educating, we work toward legalizing industrial hemp farming in the U.S. We put our energy into doing everything we can to rid ourselves of dependence on foreign and domestic fossil fuels. Will this happen overnight? No. Of course not. But we can begin taking steps NOW to take us in that direction.

About the Author

Becca Wolford is a writer, entrepreneur, artist, reiki practitioner, and hemp activist. She has experienced first-hand the nutritional and healing benefits of hemp and her passion is learning, writing, and educating others about the benefits of hemp – benefits that encompass nutritional health for humans, a healthy environment, and a healthier economy. Becca also distributes Versativa, an amazing raw, clean, hemp-based nutritional supplement and Restoration90, a raw, clean, nutritional product with marine phytoplankton, hemp, and essential nutrients for optimum health. Please support her at her excellent blog Hemphealer.com.

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  1. queenoftheforrest@netzero.net' forest queen says:

    You’re confusing ‘legalize,’ with lawful/common law/law of nature. “Legal” = words on paper, into the material. Corporate/government words-on-paper = TAX. Ass King for nature to be ‘legal’ is like knowing you’re being phuuked — TAXED 24/7 . . . and asking for it harder.

    De-criminalize if you must.

  2. laserman@home.nl' A.Muller says:

    Hemp is without doubt a resource for many products.
    It is criminalised by growing the kind of hemp wich produces canabinoids
    (Cannabis)also called weed.
    The medical interest in the cannabinoids is great but also loaded with criminal charge.
    May M.S.patients know that some of the cannabinoids give a relief of the uncurable pain and distress.
    Abuse delivers loss of mental capicity althought it is not clear if this is caused by the cannabinoids themselves or the huge amount of poison wich shoult protect the plants against bugs, disseases and other problems.
    One of the biggest healthissues is when you smoke it, because of the tobacco.
    When used oral, the liver gets it heavy but still unknown is if that are sideeffects of insecticides and pesticides or poisonous componetts in the weed itselve.

    It is common known that proper use of not poluted weed can reduce the intake of morphin like painkillers, becaus the body itselve has THC receptors.

    The first step, to decriminalise the production ant the use of cannabis, is taken in the Netherlands (that’s why Amsterdam is so popular).

    The painrelief is reached in a dosis far below getting stoned or high.
    Also in this matter hemp can be succesfull by isolating the non toxic compounds with relatively low effect on the braincapacity and a big effect on pain and discomfort by using oncologial treatment, it also relief nausea.

    So hemp is certainly promessing in many ways but commercial reasons will stop these advantages, because it is (to) cheap.

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