By Sun Kim
Posting in Design
The fibers of the hemp plant are used in the form of panels and are a version of paper-crete. It's suitable for all but the most severe climates.
Hemp plants are making their way into homes in a healthy way. The fibers of the hemp plant are used in the form of panels and are a version of paper-crete, a mixture of Portland cement, lime (the substance that makes concrete workable) and recycled fibers. Because of the high density of air pockets created in the manufacturing process, the fiber-crete becomes a light-weight, insulating material. This makes it suitable for all but the most severe climates.
The new use of hemp and other fibers reflects an increasing effort to make U.S. homes healthier as well as energy efficient. According to proponents of the new building product, hemp-filled walls are non-toxic, mildew-resistant, pest-free and flame-resistant. The plant material also absorbs carbon dioxide, acting as a built in air filter.
A recent example in the United States is a home by Push Design in Asheville, North Carolina. A couple with a young daughter with severe allergies decided to use the hemp filled walls for the anti-allergen and air-cleaning properties.
Because the hemp fiber cannot be grown legally in the United States, the material is imported for industrial use. Although importing hemp is more expensive than using domestic building materials, the cost is offset by the reduced need for skilled labor. Panel systems are simple to assemble and relatively universally used.
Choosing building materials that are environmentally positive and not just environmentally neutral is one step beyond modern sustainable living.
Images: Push Design
Aug 10, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxlj6fgQ-ZU Hemp's biggest benefit would be nearly free fuel. Here we are subsidizing the inefficient and downright evil use of food (corn) to make "green fuel," which is in fact less "green" than the current gasoline system... and with no pesticides, no irrigation and just about no labor beyond planting and harvesting, we could have truly "green" fuel for next to nothing. I long ago learned to totally ignore anything government says about "green" and "sustainable" anything. They have animosity toward the truth and are antagonistic to any effort to do good in this world.
Banning Hemp, was a tragedy at best, poor judgement at worst, and evil where the greed element is concerned. Poppies have not been banned, yet Opium comes from their seeds, and that's far more potent. We shall rule the day, when our only supposed voice from Parliament and Congress, is wiped out by the say so of some over ridding CEO of a major corp, when the western world is owned by a few major companies that go beyond government and democracy control. Hemp has many excellent proporties that will help us save humanity and the planet for which we need to survive our own greed. Unless we act now, nothing will save us. On many fronts, it is already too late, the price for delay will have to be paid harshly and voilently by our off spring. What a legacy, as they ask 'and they squabbled about what, when the planet and the future of the human race was at risk?.
Whilst I do not challenge the benefits hemp offers as a material for various tasks, including building materials, it is called weed for a very good reason. It grows at a prodigious rate and in that process degrades the soil in which it is grown. It can be devestating if grown in soils that are not replenished and enriched. Great product, renewable but potentially damaging to sensitve land mass. Talk to your sentor or congressman if you want to repeal the hemp law as only a small percentage of hemp has toxicological effects. The ban was repealed temporarily during the war for the manufacture of rope and other fabric materials. Perhaps the economic 'war' might provide conditions to permit the prohibition on growing hemp?
I live in California. At this point I feel I should apologize. Driving up the 5 freeway from LA, through Central Ca. You see thousands of acres of farmland, lying dormant, with billboard sized signs shouting out hate towards all Democrats, Pelosi in particular, because nothing is growing. We, California, have been stealing water from Colorado (see Chinatown) for years, to grow crap that is lobbied long and hard, while Hemp, harmless wonderful Hemp, cannot so much as sprout in this state. So, while the farmers of Central California, sit around and have their pity party, and continue to vote Republican, a great crop like Hemp, goes along ignored and imported. Logic?
Fact is, the DEA and the Dept of Agriculture have no business making hemp growing illegal. AND the reasons for doing so are not only bogus, they are ethnically and racially motivated, and hence, illegal in themselves. Since these organizations fight tooth and nail to convince legislators and courts to perpetuate this lie; the will of the people is subverted. The law is wrong. The regulations are wrong. Growing the stuff harms nobody, and benefits many; ergo, it's not Constitutional to ban this stuff.
Hemp is a tremendously versatile product with many commercial uses. This article only highlights one aspect of the product. The hemp seeds I buy to eat come from Canada. And the high cost is partly due to the transportation that needs to be added to get it from the growing fields to my snack bag. If local farmers could legally grow the stuff, it would be a boon to the local economy and I could save some of the cost to buy more of the seeds to eat. Hemp cloth could revitalize our clothing industry if it was removed from the artisan scene. Its just the stigma of marijuana that makes this such an obstacle to rectification. We don't need to legalize marijuana, we just need to legalize hemp.
Is how I see the U.S. It's to bad they have so much pull. There are plenty of commercial hemp farms near where I live in Canada and we're safer and more prosperous than ever.
FYI, part of the smear campaigns to get hemp (and marijuana) made illegal were perpetrated by competing industries. Hemp is an amazing resource/material, which is exactly why it was banned. If anyone thinks that special interests and corporations controlling Washington is a new phenomenon, they only need to look at hemp as an example of this going on in our country for a long, long time.
Do a bit more research and find the growing of hemp does not deplete nutrients in the soil, and in fact does the opposite. And, it even naturally repels bad bugs while growing, and can turn three full crops in a year, dependent upon climate/environment. For thousands of years, any continent that could grow it, did, and its inhabitants used it for everything from food, to paper to cloth. It is the strongest natural fiber in the world and should be used in a whole slew of composite materials. And - based on my own research on this and other materials for an advanced furniture project - it turns out it was indeed bushwhacked (so to speak) by big business back in the late 20s/early 30s. Even Henry Ford had to set aside his hemp trials because of this.
Of course the law is wrong! A comprehensive reform is needed however this would present an opportunity *only* for special interests and the result would be worse than before as bad as that is now. No equality or truth, justice was a lie Hammurabi foisted a bad joke on humanity for his own convenience.
In 1937 in the United States, the Marijuana Transfer Tax Act was passed, and prohibited the production of hemp in addition to marijuana. Several scholars have claimed that the Act was passed in order to destroy the hemp industry, largely as an effort of businessmen Andrew Mellon, Randolph Hearst, and the Du Pont family. With the invention of the decorticator, hemp became a very cheap substitute for the paper pulp that was used in the newspaper industry. Hearst felt that this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings. Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury and the wealthiest man in America, had invested heavily in the DuPont's new synthetic fiber, nylon, and considered its success to depend on its replacement of the traditional resource, hemp. (from Wikipedia, edited). That's big money for ya... now it's the big money in the criminal element that's keeping it illegal... plus the DEA folks who would lose their jobs.
Was started by and for special interest groups that wanted lower taxes. kowtowing to the rich is at the core of the nation.
"Results indicate that high yield of hemp may require high total nutrient levels (field plus fertilizer nutrients) similar to a high yielding wheat crop." Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Licenses for hemp cultivation are issued in the European Union, Canada, in all states of Australia and eight states in the United States. The US states allowing the growth of hemp are Hawaii, West Virginia, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and North Dakota. To date no licenses have been issued. The enlightened Obama Administration has threatened jail time for state employees who issue licenses for the production of hemp. Minnesota passed the law in 2009 to help farmers after receiving assurances from President Obama that the FDA and DEA would back off their threats and allow licenses to be issued. The passage of the bill was met with letters from the DEA and FDA saying they would punish anyone issuing licenses.
The American Revolution began primarily because the colonists were being taxed without a say in the matter. As English citizens, the colonists felt that they were not fairly represented in Parliament and therefore unfairly taxed. Of course there were other issues as a result of unfair representation but the common slogans of the time were "Taxation without representation is tyranny" and "No taxation without representation". We have representation now however I think things could be better if politicians did not kowtow to lobbyists and big business.
That's off-topic. And very welcome - that not everyone buys into the mythology of the causes of the Revolution.
Slavery had been abolished in Great Britain in 1772. The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. The Blockade of Africa began in 1807 when Britain outlawed the Atlantic slave trade. The blockade made it illegal for British ships to transport slaves. However, other countries who supported the ban allowed the British Navy to board their ships to search for slaves. The United States, for obvious reasons, did not consent to the boarding. The U.S. declared independence from Britain 31 years prior (probably did not want their troops boarding any U.S. ship. It was in the same year (1807) that an Act of Congress made the intercontinental transport of slaves to the U.S. illegal. This was difficult for the fledgling US Navy to enforce and many slave ships heading south broke through the blockade. The abolition of slavery in the British Empire was enacted in 1833 with the significant exception of the Territories in the Possession of the East India Company, the Island of Ceylon, and the Island of Saint Helena. If slavery was the motive, the colonies could have held off declaring independence for at least 57 more years. "As a matter of fact all major acts in US history have been guided solely by monetary considerations of special interest groups " So the U.S. entered the two World Wars solely for monetary considerations? While it is true that throughout history Big Business has had a significant influence on U.S. politics, I believe that times are worse now than they ever have been since the government has lifted the campaign contribution restriction from corporations. The government has essentially handed over control to the highest bidder.
In my opinion taxes had nothing to do with it. It was strictly to hang on to the slave labor to work on the cotton farms. Slavery had been banned and abolished in England. The English navy was obstructing the transport of the slaves to the New World by aggressive action on the high seas. Just look at the statistics of the slaves owned by the original signatories to the Declaration of Independence and you will know. As a matter of fact all major acts in US history have been guided solely by monetary considerations of special interest groups - Big Business.. Anyone acting otherwise has been assassinated.