Why Give Hemp a Chance? Because today the Earth could really use your help. "Deforestation. World hunger. Fossil fuel depletion. Economic recession. Many of our planet’s biggest problems could potentially be solved—or at least substantially relieved—with a single plant. Hemp, marijuana’s non-psychoactive sibling, is nature’s single most versatile crop. Twenty-five thousand different products can be produced from it—from ice cream to insulation—and it only takes a hundred or so days to grow. Not only that, it replenishes topsoil, requires zero pesticides and yields the most perfect protein source known to man. One of the biggest drawbacks? It’s illegal to cultivate in America, as our first drug czar, Harry Anslinger, claimed his men couldn’t distinguish it from its lurid sister: pot. Seventy some years later, we could be on a crash course with extinction because cops couldn’t sit through a botany class. " 303 Magazine
"Agriculture is the largest source of pollution in most countries. 2.4% of the world’s crop land is planted with cotton and yet it accounts for 24% and 11% of the global sales of insecticide and pesticides respectively." WWF
Industrial Hemp is not water intensive, cotton is water intensive. "It can take more than 20,000 litres of water to produce a cotton t-shirt and pair of jeans." WWF. "The difference in producing a hemp t-shirt and a cotton one is 300 gallons of water per shirt." HIA
With your help, industrial hemp could be re-elected this year in California. You can help change the law to permit the cultivation of industrial hemp as an agricultural crop. SB 676 would enable American farmers to grow industrial hemp.
We invite you to help U.S. farmers follow in the footsteps of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, all who were hemp farmers, to once again grow this sustainable and profitable non-drug crop. Contact President Barack Obama here.
Lost opportunities for farmers and businesses have real consequences. With over $400 million in estimated U.S. retail sales, American companies making hemp products have no choice but to import their raw materials because our farmers continue to fear they will be prosecuted due to an outdated federal policy which confuses non-drug industrial hemp with drug varieties of Cannabis.
Sustainable hemp seed, fiber and oil are already used in nutritious food, textiles, body care and even auto-parts. Companies like Ford Motors, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Patagonia, French Meadow Bakery, Living Harvest Foods, Nature's Path, Nutiva, Merry Hempsters and Sequel Naturals are using imported hemp in their products today.
We urge you to allow U.S. farmers to follow in the footsteps of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, all who were hemp farmers, to once again grow this sustainable and profitable non-drug crop.
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