What is Hemp Good For?

What is hemp good for?  Absolutely, or almost, everything.  

Many colonists during the 18th century.  Tired, quiet, industrious, farmers…did not have the same quarrel over weed, hemp, etc., and it’s benefits.  As we do today.  To them smoking a bone held little light over the benefits of hemp.  From clothing to food to armor and lastly, a good buzz: growing hemp had been the meal ticket for many.

When we ever learn nothing lasts.  Nothing that is unless it is of the earth.

Today and Hemp?

Plastics can be replaced with bio-plastics – hemp

Fuel with bio-fuel – hemp

sunscreen

soap

We now have hemp-crete and Hemp Sport’s cars

But my new hemp-improved…favorite?

A pair of rustic, iconic…Levi’s!

enviromentalleader.com
Levi Strauss & Co. has created a new line of clothing made with hemp that “feels just like cotton.” Hemp requires far less water and land in the growing phase and has roughly half the carbon footprint of conventionally grown cotton but has not had wide adoption in the apparel industry because of its coarse feel. Now, however, Levi’s has employed a process developed by fiber technology specialists that softens the hemp, giving it a look and feel that is “almost indistinguishable from cotton,” the company says. The new hemp garments in the Wellthread x Outerknown spring/summer collection include jeans and a trucker jacket. They are made with a 70/30 cotton-to-hemp blend. The hemp, sourced from a rain-fed hemp crop, reduced the water used in fiber cultivation by roughly 30%.

 

Dressing Gifts with Conflict

Watching the earth breathe in her simple needs…less a temptress or a priestess…but a tomboy…throwing sticks and stones.

Believing that all wants are the center of the storm.

Pointing a finger with a twisted twig at the way the better half lives.

Dressing our gifts with conflicts of bitter cold.

Yet, who has bullied who.

When will the breathing…not renew.

 

the Government…Not at Work

So, for the new year.  As some warm weather has discarded newly fallen snow…’our trashy-ness…is revealed.

We belong to the earth (so quaint.)  The earth does not belong to us…(truth.)

Garbage, feces, other bad behavior take toll on national parks during shutdown

http://www.usatoday.com/staff/10047164/calley-cederlof/

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Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West’s iconic national parks.
“It’s a free-for-all,” Dakota Snider, 24, who lives and works in Yosemite Valley, said by telephone Monday, as Yosemite National Park officials announced closings of some minimally supervised campgrounds and public areas within the park that are overwhelmed.
“It’s so heartbreaking. There is more trash and human waste and disregard for the rules than I’ve seen in my four years living here,” Snider said.

For a Limited Time

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I am a nature freak…and, damn proud of it.  I grew up in the wild, as a wild-child.  I slowly but surely became a hippie tree hugger.  And, in the end, though I lived in many metro areas.  The countryside of New Hampshire calls me back…each and every-time.  What amazes me?

The water bottles left on a heritage trail.

The granola bars displaced on a ridge, 2,000 ft from civilization.

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So, for a limited time, nature and some of her now ‘gone’ friends.

  • the Passenger Pigeon…reason: human mayhem and loss of food
  • the Western Black Rhino…poaching
  • the Tasmanian Tiger…Human need to take more and more land…disease

Almost extinct..

  • the Mountain Gorillas…We are destroying their ‘eating’ environment
  • the Snow Leopard…injury due to trash and hunters in it for the kill

What is happening here closer to home?

new hampshire moose

The greatly sought after, New Hampshire Moose.  Not quite on the endangered list yet.  However, a sad, quick,  decline of their calves have left some in despair.  Why?  Global warming, meaning shorter winters…Meaning, ticks.  Ticks during all four seasons in an environment typical known for its frigid weather.

The Winter Tick is literally sucking the blood of New Hampshire Moose and their calves.

 

the Last Resort

‘Cause there is no new frontier…

We have got to make it here!

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You call some place paradise…

kiss it goodbye.’

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broken bits of a song…

every time I’ve heard it sung…

there is no admittance for my wrongs.

even in the midst of a rural confession

good time notions are interrupted by the footprints I have left on the ground

I am ignorant in the dirt… of any lesson