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Pennsylvania Senate Passes Industrial Hemp Bill

healthy-hemp-agricultureThe Pennsylvania Senate took another step closer to the legalization of industrial hemp on Wednesday after unanimously passing a bill that would establish a statewide cultivation pilot program through the creation of an Industrial Hemp Licensing Board in the Department of Agriculture. Read more…

This is GREAT NEWS and shows that awareness of the benefits and economic value and potential of industrial hemp is growing! (no pun intended) As farmers struggle to earn an equitable return on their investments in their operations, and for too many farmers around the country simply trying to make ends meet, adding or converting their crop to industrial hemp will prove to be a boon for their businesses and livelihood. Hemp can literally spark an agricultural and industrial revolution!

The myriad benefits of growing industrial hemp is impressive:

  • Able to grow in every continent except Antarctica.
  • Requires minimal water to grow, easing the strain on a worldwide dwindling potable water supply. Hemp also improves the water quality of a surrounding area.
  • Requires no pesticides or herbicides. With growth averaging 15 feet in 100 days, hemp provides its own mulch, shades out weeds, and reduces or eliminates the use of costly herbicides. After which, the field is virtually weed-free, nourished, and ready for the next crop. Because of this enrichment, farmers report an increase in yields and size of crops grown after a planting of hemp.
  • Hemp does not deplete the soil of nutrients, but rather nourishes it instead.
  • Its deep root system prevents soil erosion. Seemingly not a big deal until you realize that approximately 6 pounds of topsoil washes away into rivers and oceans for every pound of food produced in the United States alone. What’s the  impact? Return to the devastating Dust Bowl years of the 1930’s.
  • Hemp yields four times more fiber per acre than trees do. Although hemp can greatly reduce the need to cut down trees, it cannot replace forests. Both are needed. Forests worldwide are being cut down at a faster rate than they can regrow, including ancient forests whose gifts cannot be recovered.
  • Hemp absorbs heavy-metal contamination from the air and the soil and can help clean up both if hemp were allowed to be planted in the US.
  • Hemp vs Cotton – Hemp provides 8 times the tensile strength and 4 times the durability of cotton, while requiring 50% less water to grow, yet yielding 200% more fiber per acre than cotton.
  • Hemp vs Trees – Hemp breaths in 4-times more carbon dioxide (CO2) than trees during it’s quick 12-14 week growing cycle. Trees take 20+ years to mature vs 4 months for Industrial Hemp! Our forests are being cut down 3-times faster than they can grow! One acre of hemp produces as much cellulose fiber pulp as 4.1 acres of trees.

 

Hemp… A Field of Dreams

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Take a good look at this field. It’s not just any field, but a field of dreams; of a natural resource that will fuel the next agricultural and industrial revolution. This is the catalyst for EcoHemp Source.com. Welcome!

In the summer of 2014, my friend Joel introduced me to a book that has had a profound impact on me ever since. The book, actually a trilogy of books titled Conversations With God I, II and III, were written by Neale Donald Walsch in the 1990’s. These have long since become best-sellers, still affecting the lives of millions of people for as many reasons as there are readers, me included.

There’s a part in the book that makes mention of hemp. The particular topic in this section was about the earth’s ecology, and how humankind was doing a very good job of screwing it up. That we are consuming and abusing the earth’s natural resources and compromising our atmosphere and ecosystems at an alarming rate; and that if we didn’t changes our ways, and that was back then, the consequences would be dire.

Twenty years and two billion more people later, these catastrophic warnings are well-documented and hotly debated, but still too little action is being adopted by most of the world’s population to act on the inconvenient changes required to reverse the consequences of climate change. Part of me shares the fear of many that the damage done and the actions required to turn this ship around are too daunting and unmanageable on a global scale to do what’s required. But a bigger part of me believes it’s not too late, and that the more we, as earth citizens, grow our collective awareness of this problem and put our creative minds and hands to work building solutions and advocating for change, the faster the ship will turn.

Ask most people if they’ve ever heard of hemp and what they know about it, and you’ll find most don’t know much, if anything, about it. If they have, they know it’s a plant used to make rope, but more likely, something akin marijuana.

What 99.9% of the even the knowers don’t know, is that hemp is the former, but not the later. And specifically, the more accurate name for hemp is industrial hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin to marijuana. Both derivatives come from the cannabis sativa plant, but they differ in that marijuana (also referred to as cannabis) contains high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the natural chemical that gets one high, while industrial hemp is bred to contain only trace amounts, less than .3%, of THC; making industrial hemp impossible to get high from.

So back to hemp, Conversations With God, and the purpose of EcoHemp Source.com. This blog is not about religion or the topic of deity, but rather a message about the value, purpose, and potential of hemp for our planet, in peoples’ lives, and in commerce.

What this website IS about is my acknowledgement and acceptance of hemp as having been introduced to me through the CWG book, and as a plant that’s been placed on this planet for a reason. During my learning process of industrial hemp, I’ve come to understand and appreciate it as a solution to some of the most calamitous earthly issues we all face, while at the same time serving up enormous opportunity for health, well-being, and prosperity to those who embrace it.

The content of this site will focus on the business opportunities and economic prosperity that await those who learn about and consider industrial hemp as the versatile and renewable natural resource it is, and apply the innovation and creativity that entrepreneurs and inventors have done for product ingenuity and commercial paradigm shifts throughout history.

From the farmer, scientist and inventor, to the entrepreneur, and industrialist… this is our game to play, and our game to win. Let’s move from field of dreams to field of reality.