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  1. 1. legalize industrial hemp
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    16 people
  2. 2. live a hemp lifestyle
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    4 people
  3. 3. learn to make a hemp necklace
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    18 people
  4. 4. live in a house made out of industrial hemp
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    3 people
  5. 5. make hemp toilet paper
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    10 people
  6. 6. eat more hemp
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    1 person
  7. 7. wear more hemp
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    1 person
  8. 8. use more hemp in the shower
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    1 person
  9. 9. use more hemp to care for my skin
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    1 person
  10. 10. use hemp instead of petrochemicals
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    2 people
  11. 11. use hemp instead of trees
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    2 people
  12. 12. use more hemp paper
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    2 people
  13. 13. use hemp instead of pesticide-drenched, GMO crops
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    1 person
  14. 14. make something out of tree-free hemp board
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    2 people
  15. 15. drive a car made with hemp
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    1 person
  16. 16. ride the waves on a hemp surfboard
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    2 people
  17. 17. catch air with a hemp skateboard
    2 people
  18. 18. feed my kid more hemp
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    1 person
  19. 19. lounge on a hemp sofa
    2 people
  20. 20. sit in a hemp chair
    2 people
  21. 21. sleep under hemp sheets
    2 people
  22. 22. use hemp plastic instead of petroleum-based plastics
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    2 people
  23. 23. dry off with a hemp towel
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    2 people
  24. 24. use hemp paint or varnish
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    2 people
  25. 25. insulate my house with hemp
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    2 people
  26. 26. make something out of zelfo
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    2 people
  27. 27. put hemp shingles on my roof
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    2 people
  28. 28. swing in a hemp hammock
    2 people
  29. 29. have hempy holidays
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    1 person
  30. 30. be a hemp farmer
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    5 people
  31. 31. be a hemp researcher
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    1 person
  32. 32. cover my furniture in hemp fabric
    2 people
  33. 33. stop cloning
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    2 people
  34. 34. put hemp countertops in my kitchen
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    5 people
  35. 35. wear hemp every day
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    2 people
  36. 36. eat hemp at every meal
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    1 person
  37. 37. make hemp my New Year's Resolution
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    1 person
  38. 38. take hemp food with me
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    1 person
  39. 39. work in a hemp building
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    2 people
  40. 40. drink hemp beer
    2 people
  41. 41. build a house from hemp
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    2 people
  42. 42. use more hemp rope and twine
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    1 person
  43. 43. Eradicate all nuclear weapons
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Eradicate all nuclear weapons
"Doomsday Clock" Moves Two Minutes Closer To Midnight

On January 17, 2007, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) moved the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. It is now 5 minutes to midnight. The BAS Board of Directors, in consultation with the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors, which includes 18 Nobel Laureates, explained in a statement:

“We stand at the brink of a second nuclear age. Not since the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has the world faced such perilous choices. North Korea’s recent test of a nuclear weapon, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a renewed U.S. emphasis on the military utility of nuclear weapons, the failure to adequately secure nuclear materials, and the continued presence of some 26,000 nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia are symptomatic of a larger failure to solve the problems posed by the most destructive technology on Earth.”

The scientists’ first recommendation for turning back the clock is:

“Reducing the launch readiness of U.S. and Russian nuclear forces, and completely removing nuclear weapons from the day-to-day operations of their militaries”

Read the entire statement at The Bulletin Online

In a January 14th Wall Street Journal op-ed, “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons,” George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn placed the same recommendation at the top of their agenda:

“Changing the Cold War posture of deployed nuclear weapons to increase warning time and thereby reduce the danger of an accidental or unauthorized use of a nuclear weapon.”

Read the entire op-ed: A World Free Nuclear of Weapons.

Nuclear Alerts Must End Now!

At this moment, the United States and Russia have thousands of nuclear weapons on war-ready, hair-trigger alert. With 26,000 weapons between them, each state is within minutes of launching irretrievable attacks that would destroy civilization itself.

Read more at Nuclear A.M.E.N..

Please write your Member of Congress today to demand an end to nuclear alerts. Let’s get more Members of Congress to cosponsor Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey’s resolution, H. RES. 68, which “urges the President, in the interests of protecting and advancing human, national, and global security, to … cooperate with the Russian Federation to remove from deployment nuclear weapons that presently are operational and ready to be launched on short notice.” Write Congress



be a hemp farmer (read all 2 entries…)
Industrial hemp had a better profit outlook than any other Canadian crop in 2006.

Hemp acres more than double
04.21.2006

By Bonnie Baltessen

The hemp industry in Manitoba is growing like a weed.
Rhea Yates, communications co-ordinator for Agri-Food Research and Development Initiatives (ARDI), said 30,000 acres of industrial hemp are expected to be grown in Manitoba this year.

Last year there were 12,000 acres in Manitoba, with Canada reporting a total of 20,000 acres. Manitoba was dubbed the hemp capital of Canada.

Keith Watson, diversification specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, said the 30,000 acres to be seeded in Manitoba would be mostly contracted acres. With two Manitoba processors and a new one from Alberta buying hemp, there is plenty of business to spread around.

“The Canadian total will be up quite a bit,” Watson added, but declined to guess as to what the Canadian total would be. “The major expansion will be in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” he said.

He sees acres doubling every year for the next few years. “It’s kind of gone through that stage of getting established and in feeling its way and now it’s got some solid processors,” he said. “The markets are growing as much as they can handle.”

Hemp has a better profit outlook than any other crop in 2006.

According to information from the Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers Co-op, the breakeven point for hemp to cover total costs is 388 pounds per acre. Average or “budget” yields in Manitoba, meanwhile, are about 500 to 600 pounds per acre. The clean grain price for hemp this year ranges from 45 to 58 cents (average 55 cents) [Canadian, or $0.40 to $0.52 US].

[Editor’s note: This article discusses conventional seed prices, but it doesn’t mention that the price for organic seed ranges from $0.85 to $1.00 per pound Canadian ($0.76 to $0.89 US).]

That means the margin for error and risk is considerably less for hemp than for many other crops. A recent report based on figures from the provincial crop production guide showed the breakeven yields for 2006 for almost all crops were below 10-year provincial averages.

Production projections for Hemp Oil Canada are up about threefold compared to last year, according to Kevin Friesen, seed production manager for the company.

Not only is Hemp Oil Canada contracting more acres with producers they know, but has recruited more growers. Other growers were phoning the company, he said.

Friesen noted that he can remember when he had to work hard just to convince producers to grow hemp. By last October, contracts were just about filled.

“We try to have equal amounts of production in each (Prairie) province,” he said.

Hemp Oil Canada started an agronomic program last year, and Friesen felt that weighed in with producers’ decisions. “We do field inspections. We have a growers’ guide. We do a lot with the producers to make sure they are successful,” he said.
Reluctant to brag, Friesen did say markets are growing steadily.

Friesen knows the problems the industry had to deal with, including farmers being caught with hemp and no one to buy it. He encouraged producers to seek out contracts first if they want to grow hemp.

“The industry has matured a lot since 1999,” he said. “There’s more widespread acceptance of hemp, especially in the primary market, which is the United States.”

About two years ago, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in the United States sought to impose a ban on the sale of hemp foods. That ban was overturned in a California court where judges almost made fun of DEA officers for their arguments that didn’t hold water, Friesen said. On the upside, the trial sparked a lot of press coverage, especially touting the crop’s nutritional benefits.

“That seemed to spur a lot more market development in the U.S.,” he said. But Friesen doesn’t see the U.S. getting into hemp production for at least another five to 10 years. By that time, he expects that Canada will be a major, established player, with an important role in the industry. “We’ll be there,” he said.

Bonnie Baltessen is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator in Winnipeg.



wear hemp every day (read all 3 entries…)
Why import hemp from China when you can grow it in North Dakota?

Here I am wearing one of my favorite jackets. It’s made from hemp, wool and yak in China by Earthspeaks: http://www.earthspeaks.com

I got it at Eco-Green Living here in DC: http://www.eco-greenliving.com/

I’m looking forward to the day that the tags in my hemp clothes say, Made in North Dakota. It could happen: http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2007/01/05/news/local/126558.txt



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