Hemp offers Hope for NC Farmers and Communities
Did you know that hemp requires no herbicides or pesticides, grows from seed to plant in four months, is low in labor, and is the perfect rotation crop due to its ability to detoxify and regenerate the soil it’s planted in?
Hemp products developed in the same community where hemp is farmed can create jobs from agriculture, transportation, processing, manufacturing and construction crews, creating an industry that “would be regionally sustainable and revive the local economy wherever it is grown,” according to Chris Conrad, author of Hemp for Health.
Hemp production has been legalized in North Carolina, but only as part of the state’s pilot program as allowed under federal law. As such, it will still be awhile before the first fields are planted. The N.C. General Assembly passed Senate Bill 313 in 2015, allowing the Industrial Hemp Commission to develop the rules and licensing structure necessary to stay within federal laws. The law was modified in 2016 in House Bill 992. The Industrial Hemp Commission has adopted temporary rules for review in February 2017.
Learn more on the N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission website at http://www.ncagr.gov/hemp
• Join the NC Industrial Hemp Alliance on facebook
• Learn the truth about industrial hemp and talk about it with your neighbors, friends, family and co-workers.
How to help with the effort to educate more in NC about industrial hemp farming and uses
• Have a BRINGING IT HOME screening in your community or at your event. It’s easy thanks to Bullfrog Films! All the tools are there to purchase DVD & screening rights, organize and promote a screening event.
• Contact your legislators to support Hemp policy change and legislation. Go to http://capwiz.com/votehemp/home/
• Buy hemp products! Every dollar you spend on products made with hemp is a vote supporting the need for growing hemp in the U.S.
• Sign up for News and Updates from organizations like www.votehemp.com,
• Celebrate Hemp History Week: The Annual Hemp History Week is taking place June 5-11, 2017. The sponsors and supporters of Hemp History Week include Vote Hemp, the Hemp Industry Association, and leading hemp manufacturers, natural foods retailers, celebrities, farmers, historians and hemp advocates. “Hemp History Week is all about celebrating the goodness of hemp.” #SowTheSeed #HempWeek
Can NC afford short-term solutions that are going to take a further toll upon our health, environment and energy usage in the long run?
Asheville, North Carolina is leading the nation in the next frontier in green building with the construction of America’s First Hemp House. Let’s follow this historic lead of putting the health of NC’s residents at the heart of the green building movement, and rejuvenate the construction industry by building hemp houses and buildings throughout the state from the mountains to our beautiful coast, instead of courting industries that add pollutants to NC’s air, waterways and ecologically sensitive areas.
For example, Wilmington, NC is considering bringing Titan Cement Co. to our coast as part of an economic development plan for the community. Reports about toxic pollution from cement plants could actually have a negative effect upon Wilmington’s economy, because families wouldn’t want their children to live near the nations 4th largest cement plant. The plant would expose an estimated 8,700 students enrolled within 5 miles of Titan’s property to an increased risk of asthma and respiratory illness. Titan Cement would emit nearly 350 tons of particulate matter each year, including mercury, a known carcinogenic. Mercury was 1 of 8 chemicals recently highlighted in the President’s Cancer Panel Report. The proposed plant could destroy 1000 acres of irreplaceable wetlands. Hempcrete could be used in many of the same applications as concrete, offering a carbon-neutral solution — not dangerous pollution.
It’s time for NC and Wilmington to embrace a greener future. Then we can advertise a healthy, green state and healthy communities, where young families and entrepreneurs want to plant their roots. NC’s economy, health and environment will all thrive together.
* from “Hemp is Not Pot: It’s the Economic Stimulus and Green Jobs Solution We Need” (http://www/alternet.org/story/133055)