Is our environmental and
financial saviour Hemp?
Before you start reading or you read the headline and accuse me. as has become the custom, of promoting drugs, here is a photo of Hemp, the plant used for thousands of safe applications, and the plant that I argue has industrial applications in Australia. It is not a drug
With over 15,000 known uses of hemp, the only one debated in as a drug, which is only one of 15,000, yet it is the only one being used by millions of people all over the world, and because of this all other uses are all but banned. Just think to yourself how stupid that statement becomes.
For thousands of years up until the 1950’s Hemp was one of
the most important plants on the planet, easy to grow, using little water,
leaving the soil ready for the next crop and has many industrial and medical
uses, along with many uses that benefit the current environmental debate.
Medicines, textiles, paper, bio fuels, biodegradable
plastics and food stock, and yet open debate appears of the agenda, with the
whole “Clean and Green” in the lime light an educated parliament would be
investigating what is best for the people and the environment rather than
sweeping educated debate under the rug.
With big industry having such a huge say in our society at a
political level, it is no wonder hemp is of the agenda, as the benefits of a
hemp industry would be far spread and accessible for many different industries
and primary producers.
In South Australia there has been much debate on the growing
of cotton using dwindling river water resources, alternate crop alternatives,
and general land productivity, let alone huge money for alternate green
projects, yet hemp is not even debated as any alternative.
Henry Ford had the answers many years ago, when one of his
first cars was not only made from hemp fiber, but also run on hemp oil, Rudolph Diesel himself
designed the diesel engine to run on hemp oil, something I do not
remember learning in school, so how long has the truth been off the agenda?
“Why use the forests which were centuries in the making and the
mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest
and mineral products in the annual growth of the fields?” Henry Ford
Henry ford was speaking
of ethanol and bio diesel, both Ford and Diesel opposed big oil, and rightfully
so, and so should any who look forward to a renewable future. One must wonder
how years of recent debate on the climate and Co2 has never given rise to
public debate on hemp, not just because of its clean applications, but its
known ability as one of the best carbon sinks.
"Imagine if the politicians of the day, had backed Ford
and Diesel, what would be powering our energy needs today, how many old growth
forests would still stand, and would good old Co2 been enduing attacks on its
good name as plant food?"
products such as medium density fiberboard, oriented strand board, and even
beams, studs and posts can be made out of hemp, fibreglass and vehicle body panels, the list is huge as are the financial benefits for Australia. Because of hemp's long fibers,
the products will be stronger and/or lighter than those made from wood.
deforestation such an important issue, and such a high price being allotted to
forests for their stored Co2, via carbon trading initiatives, how could the use
of hemp as both a carbon sink and an alternate textile be over looked?
today BMW is experimenting with hemp materials in automobiles as part of an
effort to make cars more recyclable, it is hard to believe that over 25,000
materials used today could be made from hemp, but only silence at the request
of ingrained multinational greed.
A quick Google of the word, finds thousands of educated
articles, from vehicles driving thousands of klms on hemp bio fuels, many
medical break through’s including cancer cures, increased demand for hemp from
the paper, recycle industries and our struggling primary producers.
While the Ideal plant is overlooked, the present diversions
of important food drops to appease clean fuel production, is nothing but
genocide in a starving world.
I find it hard to believe any government would allow
synthetic cures to replace the natural products when the natural medicines have
less if any side affects, even worse there has never been a hemp/marijuana
related death, yet the government bans hemp, while endorsing tobacco and
I need not continue to list all the benefits or even to
address the recreational use which seems to dominate debate in this country,
what we should all demand is open and honest dialogue on the many possible uses
of hemp in our society, with out the usual biases left over from the
prohibition of the 1950’s.
It is also not amusing that those who opposed hemp and
worked towards its demise as a household product are the very same players that
benefited from its demise, and if we look at the beneficiaries of carbon
trading, the same names appear.
Hemp has been an important part of human society for
thousands of years, and has always been a very beneficial crop and remains that
way today; the only self-interest we should allow as a society, is that of what
is best for the people, by representatives that remember that fact.
Mark M Aldridge
Independent Candidate and Proud supporter of the “Australian
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