Everything Petroleum Does, Hemp Does Better

December 28, 2012 | By | 23 Replies More

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. Al Smith says:

    You’ve made some excellent points. But, the main reason we’re in a crisis is because the banking system is a total fraud in collusion with the governments. Banks lend no money. They create the “credits” to fund their so-called loans with book keeping entries or keystrokes on computers. Since they have no “valuable consideration” as required by law for a legally binding contract, their loan agreements are void on their faces, giving them no grounds for foreclosure.

    Nothing will EVER change unless We find a means to unite against the banksters and their traitorous political goons. We must begin regularly participating in a publicly owned system of real democracy (like the one at http://www.MajorityVoice.org or one like it), make the democratic decision to apprehend these monsters, confiscate their quadrillions in stolen funds and redistribute it directly to their victims: the People.

    • Yes! When one studies the history of pot prohibition, and follows the money to the source, one discovers that the banksters were behind criminalizing cannabis, since they are the biggest gangsters, which profit all the way around from every evil thing that they can do through controlling governments. The biggest banks get away with laundering the drug money profits. The REAL political system we have is a runaway fascist plutocracy juggernaut. Criminalizing cannabis was one of the major excuses to build a bigger fascist police state, to serve the interests of that plutocracy, which was fundamentally based on covertly controlling governments to legalize counterfeiting of the money supply by private banks. Marijuana laws are the single simplest symbol, and the most extreme example of the general pattern of social facts, which IS that our whole civilization is based on frauds, backed by force. The monetary system is the most important of those!!!

      • Dragonfish says:

        Wow, so you’ve read Jack Herer’s book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” (for those that haven’t read it, see the link below) – old news – first published in 1985 (last update 2007, he died, God bless him, in 2010).

        http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/chapter-one/

        You could at least give him credit.
        Got anything new? Or are you just making a profit (or trying to) from the research and work of another?

        • Dragonfish says:

          Blair, the above response is to Becca Wolford. Wasn’t trying to imply that you were the one taking credit for the article without giving credit to Jack, Sorry for the implication.

    • Rob says:

      Al, if banks lend no money, and all they have is book-keeping entries/keystrokes, what quadrillions do you posit should be confiscated?

      Al, I’ve worked for a (modestly) large bank. I guarantee you there is cash inside them – not keyboards.

      But don’t take my word for it. I might be “one of them.”

  2. Al Smith says:

    Our banking system and corporate governments are frauds designed to transfer Our wealth to them.

    • Rob says:

      Al, again I might be “one of them” so you can’t trust what I say. However, if you don’t want to transfer your wealth to the “man” don’t. Don’t sell to them. Pay your bills on time and they cannot take your wealth because they will not a legal impetus. You’re an upstanding citizen, Al. They got nothing on you. But cancel all your cell phone accounts, TV, internet, and remove all your cash from the bank just in case.

  3. Sharon Brooks says:

    Yes hemp is a all that, and this is a litle known fact, it was once required…yes required by our governemnt for farmers to grow it …it was the progreessives in the 1920′s who had it outlawed…go to http://www.votehemp.com and see for yourself all the wonderful things it does and how you can help to get industral hemp a pardon from the govenment!

  4. jim says:

    If it is good for society, then those in power will not approve it. Hemp is probably the most valuable plant in Human history, so it must be made illegal by their bizarre anti-life logic. When you think about it, making the growth of any plant illegal is a horrible crime in itself and goes against any pretensions of freedom.

    We are all slaves and our masters hate US.

  5. anne says:

    Please think things through, hemp will just take land from the growth of foodstuffs as biofuels do now, just on a much larger scale, we may have plenty of fuel, but very little food if this idea was taken up. Already the third world is suffering due to using agricultural land to produce so called ‘biofuels’.

    • ben says:

      Nobody in the world is starving because of a lack of food supply. They are starving because they can’t afford the food that does exist. And most of that cost is due to the high price of oil.

      Also most of the food that is diverted for biofuel is GMO corn that is illegal for human consumption in many countries anyhow. Most of the US corn exports go to feeding European cattle. Please think things through.

      Also, hemp is food.

    • You are grossly misinformed. Hemp IS food! It is the best protein for the human body. It helps regulate blood sugar and many more positive benefits. In fact, it is used in thousands of human and animal food products, not to mention, tens of thousands of other products like paper, clothing, fuel, lubricants, biodegradable plastics and “foams”, construction materials, medicine, etc…….

      GMO CORN (Monsanto), on the other hand, is used primarily to create HFCS (high-fructose corn-syrup), possibly the number-one contributor to diabetes and a major food-source to cancer cells. It is in almost everything the “average” U.S. consumer consumes. GMO SOY and other “food” sources of oil negatively alter or destroy the soil, water, and all living organisms.

      I have written about this exact topic for years (replace petroleum-based oil with plant-based oil), but everyone laughed. I posted this topic on my blog on July 3rd, 2012:
      http://northamericanfascism.wordpress.com/about-this-blog/
      I’ve also recently (last few weeks) posted this concept to numerous blogs/websites and sent letters to many newspapers/columnists/corporations trying to inform people of the foolish and destructive lust/greed for toxic petroleum-based products. But, what do I know, I’m just a “crazy” homeless guy?!

    • Danny says:

      No, hemp really won’t take land that is being used to grow food. Hemp can be grown on land unsuitable for food crops, and in the process solving another problem, too, erosion. If hemp is grown on land unsuitable for growing food crops, then all of the suitable land can be used for food instead of the biofuels. Growing hemp would mean more land available for food :)

  6. Ruski says:

    “We would have no more independence on foreign oil, we certainly…”

    Sorry to be pedantic, but I believe you actually meant “no more dependants…”

    • Actually, he most likely meant “dependance”, as in dependent upon foreign oil. Unless, of course, you were being facetious, though I suspect you were merely trying to use “corrective criticism.” Read twice, write once. 8-)

  7. Ruski says:

    “We would have no more independence on foreign oil, we certainly…”

    Sorry to be pedantic, but I believe you actually meant “no more dependence…”

  8. THE LANGUAGE….

    Think about it.

    when did a plant become “Our” enemy and we “ELECTED” to serve a global crime syndicate that steals wealth with pieces of paper called NOTES ?

    Really ! !

    9 March 1933….

    and these people “celebrate” their so-called “Freedom” on 4 Jew Lie

    curious, no ?

    http://snippits-and-slappits.blogspot.com/2012/12/who-are-jews-really-part-one.html

    Why are we not allowing our farmers to grow hemp ?

    http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/the-next-american-civil-war/29404/

    why do “We” sacrifice “Our” children to a “Jewish” dung god ?

    STUPIDITY.

  9. Jay says:

    Hemp is ideal for replacing petroleum oil used in plastics foods, clothing, and other forms of manufacturing, but more oil-based fuel is the last thing the environment needs. Think about it: it’s another float-on-water oil. When combusted it emits hydrocarbon pollutants (just like petroleum, natural gas and coal) that go into the air, water and on land. And at the end of the day, hemp is another crop that needs to be planted, watered, fertilized and converted to a usable product. It’s really little different than corn or algae in this respect. Fossil-intense to cultivate, and fossil intense to convert to a liquid fuel.

    Everything society needs to produce clean, biodegradable and water-soluble, 138 octane higher mixed alcohol fuel is found in the average trash can. Mankind needs a carbon-bridging pollution solution, producing the world’s cleanest, strongest alcohol fuel. Spill it and it feeds bugs and plants a free lunch instead of a death sentence. Make higher mixed alcohol fuel at the edge of every city and create jobs, put food on the table, and get rid of the mountain of carbon wastes that are always piling up around human endeavor.

    Higher mixed alcohol is EPA-blessed for use in gas and diesel engines in all 50 states. Hemp is not legal to cultivate in the USA. It should be, of course, but looking to hemp to power mankind’s engines is not very realistic or wise. There are better, cleaner and cheaper options.

    http://www.biorootenergy.com
    http://www.facebook.com/biorootenergy

    Please take a minute or two to read the note on our FB page titled, “Higher Mixed Alcohol Fuel: What on Earth is it?”

    http://www.facebook.com/biorootenergy

    Learn more about “biofuels” here:

    http://www.biorootenergy.com/faqs-and-facts/introduction-to-alternative-fuels/

  10. john says:

    states that recede from the union can then grow hemp

  11. KMD says:

    It certainly would help but the world runs on many billions of gallons of crude oil every day. How much land would be taken up to produce this much product every day of the year? There would have to be tremendous water purification plants to produce enough water to irrigate such a vast expanse of farms. A lot of our farms are already producing products for bio-fuel and driving the cost of livestock feed up. Many have gone out of business and the price of dairy products has skyrocketed. A gallon of milk is expected to reach $8 a gallon with in a month or two. Cheese is already at $6 a pound. There are no free rides, we are going to pay at one end or the other.

  12. Not enough hemp (for fuel) can be grown in order to replace oil/gas/coal. The south American soil is misused already to grow biofuels for the western world. This leads to food shortage for the local people. Though hemp has many other practicle uses, it cannot replace fossil fuel.

    I believe in Tesla’s research: ‘the future is mine’, is what he said. And so it will be. Tesla’s free-energy science will be rediscovered, despite of all the numerous free-energy hoaxes displayed on the internet.

    The zio-bankers/controllers biggest fear is that Tesla’s energy inventions will be rediscovered.

  13. SeekTruth says:

    Great article and great comments…
    The comments point out there is efficient use for these substances, to our benefit. We could begin projects to distribute/redistribute water sources to the desert regions and other “wastelands” that are not inhabited and unused. No current agricultural lands would be affected and all the above suggestions and solutions could be tried and tested and then marketed and distributed into the system.
    My opinion is the first step is to manage the fresh water as efficiently as possible and distribute it.

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