We hear so much about the climate change and the environment from the media and people who tell us how and why we must cut back on our carbon footprint whilst they fly around to exotic locations for ‘climate’ conferences in their private jets. What they don’t talk about at these meetings or in the media in general, is the FACT that there exists a plant which could solve many of the problems which they tell us we face today with potentially ‘catastrophic’ consequences.
In 1937, Dupont patented the processes to produce plastics from oil and coal. DuPont’s Annual Report then urged stockholders to invest in its new petrochemical division. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane, celluloid, methanol, nylon, rayon, Dacron, etc., could now be made from oil.
At this time, the industrialization of natural hemp would have ruined over 80% of DuPont’s business. Therefore it was important to corporations such as DuPont to demonize the Hemp plant. This as done in the mid 1930s where the word ‘marijuana’ was used for this purpose to portray natural hemp as an illicit drug. The word ‘marijuana’ was created to tarnish the good image of the hemp plant.
Not long after a media blitz of ‘journalistic demonization‘ raged in the late 1920s and 1930s to further sabotage any hopes of natural hemp industrialization. Hearst’s newspapers ran stories emphasizing the horrors of marijuana and films like ‘Reefer Madness’ (1936), ‘Marijuana: Assassin of Youth’ (1935) and ‘Marijuana: The Devil’s Weed’ (1936) were propagandist hit pieces, designed by industrialists, to create an enemy to their oil based industrial monopoly.
Their purpose was to gain public support so that anti-marijuana laws could be passed. On April 14, 1937, the Prohibitive Marijuana Tax Law or as it should be named, the bill that outlawed hemp, was directly brought to the House ‘Ways and Means Committee’ in the US. This committee is the only one that can introduce a bill to the House floor without it being debated by other committees. The Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Robert Doughton, was a DuPont supporter. He insured that the bill would pass through Congress virtually unopposed.
So in September of 1937, hemp became illegal. The most useful crop known to to humanity for centuries became an illegal drug and our planet has been suffering ever since through the expansion of the oil based industries which have contributed in a large way to the pollution of our planet.
So what is so special about the hemp plant?
Hemp has a higher quality fiber than wood fiber. Far fewer caustic chemicals are required to make paper from hemp than from trees. Hemp paper does not turn yellow and is very durable. The plant grows quickly to maturity in a season where trees take at least a decade or in some cases a lifetime.
Government studies report that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. We could save our forests and make better quality paper for a fraction of the cost. All plastic products could and should be made from hemp seed oil. Hempen plastics are biodegradable! Over time, they would break down and not harm the environment.
On the other hand, oil-based plastics, the ones we are very familiar with, ruin nature; they do not break down and do great harm now and well into the future. The process to produce the vast array of natural (hempen) plastics will not ruin the rivers as DuPont and other petrochemical companies have done. However, ecology does not fit in with the plans of the oil industry and the political machine.
Henry Ford’s first Model-T motor car was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed from hemp. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel, and 100% natural. Hemp can also displace cotton which is usually grown with massive amounts of chemicals harmful to people, wildlife and the wider environment.
50% of all the world’s pesticides are sprayed on cotton. Clothing made from hemp is extremely strong and durable over time. Clothing made from hemp, is so durable that it could be handed down to your grandchildren.
A large variety of food products can also be generated from hemp. The seeds contain one of the highest sources of protein in nature. The list of uses for this plant is endless for anything from medicines to high quality paint. Also take into account that Hemp grows well in a variety of climates and soil types. It is naturally resistant to most pests, precluding the need for pesticides. It grows tightly spaced, out-competing any weeds, so herbicides are not necessary. It also leaves a weed-free field for a following crop.