Hemp: Low-Hanging Fruit for Climate Change Fight

Hemp: Low-Hanging Fruit for Climate Change Fight

The Chemurgic principles of George Washington Carver and Henry Ford can stimulate the imagination, “anything made from a hydrocarbon can be made from a carbohydrate” and “grow our oil don’t drill for it.” But replacing fossil fuels with hemp is an expensive and difficult proposition, will take decades, and will compete for land for food and medicine production.

While everyone believes hemp has a role in improving climate change and sustainability by reducing fossil fuels, many focus on the hardest segments to realize. But biofuels are not yet economically viable, and building materials are not yet approved for use in construction. And growing hemp for CBD often uses artificial lighting, wide spacing, plastic mulch, and CO2 gas for extraction, thus is the worst of all for climate change impacts.

Biofuels are not soon going to be economical enough to compete against fossil fuels. Textiles need a lot of expensive infrastructure. Using hemp in plastic means you still are making plastic, with chemical resins that don’t decompose well. And it, like hempcrete, doesn’t even need hemp let alone virgin hemp grown just for that use. Most ag wastes can be used, which today are routinely burned thereby making them an even better candidate than virgin hemp fiber to capture carbon.

However, there is one hemp product that is the low-hanging fruit in the fight against climate change which few mention: use of the seed to replace or supplement meat and dairy products in the human diet. Hempseed is actually a fruit, and is grown to be shorter than fiber hemp. Thus it is literally the low-hanging fruit in the climate change fight. Before CBD, hempseed was the value-driver for hemp, and is expected to be once again

Worldwide, an estimated 2 billion people live primarily on a meat-based diet while an estimated 4 billion live primarily on a plant-based diet. The U.S. food production system uses about 50% of the total U.S. land area, 80% of the fresh water, and 17% of the fossil energy used in the country.

Cows generate the bulk of emissions in the livestock sector, which itself is responsible for almost 15% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) use far more grain protein than they produce in meat or dairy protein, thereby turning abundance into scarcity. But shelled hempseed (“Hemp Nut” or “Hemp Hearts”; the seed of the hemp plant with the shell removed, exposing a delicious savory nutty fruit) can be used directly to make such dairy-like foods as ice cream, milk, yogurt, and even burgers and other meat alternatives. And unlike most other aspects of hemp, incorporating hempseed into operations would be very easy for food processors.

The growth rate for vegan foods is high, the future is so bright many meat companies are embracing the trend with their own offerings. People eat two or three times every day, thus food has widest range of potential customers and highest potential sales volume.

Touting the least-viable and most-expensive uses of hemp which also require the biggest capital investment is not necessary when hempseed can be used in foods immediately. Hempseed as food is hemp’s first billion dollar segment, and today is over 90% of Canadian hemp.

Ben and Jerry’s, Dannon, Hormel, and the like could have products made from hempseed on the shelf in months. With 1/3 complete protein, 1/3 essential fatty acids and delicious raw, hempseed is a better material than soy for most foods, can be used in any recipe, is free of drugs, is non-GMO, can be organic, and is free of most of the anti-nutritional factors plaguing soy.

Transitioning to plant-based solutions to climate change won’t be easy, many industries will be impacted. Perhaps that’s why one of the easiest and cheapest ways to cut greenhouse gas, by replacing animal products with plant-based sources, isn’t discussed. Hempseed could disrupt milk, yogurt, ice cream, and cheese production, as well as the animal protein industry. Not everyone will be happy with that especially powerful and politically-connected CAFOs, as artisanal production will always have a market. The global hemp-based foods market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 24% during 2018-2022. Hemp as food will also encourage organic and regenerative production.

It’s easy to see Big Oil as the Boogeyman deserving disintermediation, and harder to get behind disrupting local corporate meat and cheese makers. But pivoting to hempseed to replace dairy could be done easily and quickly and the factories already exist, we just need the seed.

Aseptic and fresh milk, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream can displace some-to-all of the dairy product used. Even just 5% hempseed in the formula is a good start; it kicks off the revolution and gets factories into the protocol and swing of things. It’ll be a big change for them but having made plant-based dairy analogs in a dairy plant many times since 1984, I know it’s not that hard to incorporate shelled hempseed into formulations, you just have to want to. Oh, and perhaps buy a small mill; but seriously that’s about it.

Other possible products include protein powders, functional ingredients, egg replacers, vegetable oil, animal feeds, birdseed, and even Cannabisin from the shells.

If 100% plant-based versions could be supported by the public, it would quickly develop. It could create a new hempen Silk brand, or a hemp Tofutti or Tofurky. Take it public. That playing field is wide open, no one has yet done it right in hemp. Tempt tried, Evo did well. But no one yet created hemp food’s Big Brand, at least in this century. HempNut, Inc. did last century, but that’s ancient history at this point. Many other younger hemp food companies innovate circles around the legacy ones, such as Hemp Way Foods and Planet Based Foods.

To develop a breakthrough national hemp food brand will take a company with an authentic genesis backstory. That doesn’t preclude say a Venture Capitalist from starting a “fauxthentic” co-packed brand for the U.S. while living in Dubai by throwing money at it. He’ll come up with his “Juan Valdez,” the fictional coffee grower. It’s totally possible to do that, buy your way in.

But it’s also possible for a passionate young person to have the vision of “what should be,” and create an honest food processing company employing many. It could even be a farm, a co-operative of farms, or an existing food company.

In hemp foods, right here right now… the world is yours. It’s like the automobile industry in 1915, video games in 1985, or tofu in 1980. But unlike those eras, you have the benefit of leveraging major social issues. The marketing of cars was riding social concerns as well; American exceptionalism, westward expansion, the feeling of independence and freedom, the new concept of commuting far to a job from the suburbs, etc. But autos did not present the value proposition of active engagement in healing a planet on fire, like we have today. The imperative of protecting the world our children’s children will live in is a powerful lever.

Smart branders will no doubt use that in a Neoliberal Marketing campaign, “buy our product to fix climate change.” It’s inevitable these days, hopefully it won’t be yet another marketing lie.

Comparing plant-based milks with cow’s milk, soy is the best understood. Researchers who compared the units of fossil-fuel energy required to produce milk and soybeans found that it takes 14 kilo-calories (kcal) of fossil fuels to produce a single kcal of dairy milk, whereas just 1 kcal of fossil fuels can produce 3.2 kcal of soybeans. That measurement takes into account the fertilizers, pesticides, and other industrial inputs used in agriculture.

The carbon footprint is only one aspect of a given food’s sustainability; it’s also important to consider the source of the product (such as whether the soy is sustainably farmed) and the other resources, such as water, needed to produce your non-dairy milk. Non-dairy beverages also require additional processing—after all, those 3.2 kcal of beans have a long way to go before they are transformed into your vanilla soy milk. Compared to soy, hempseed has a number of advantages: it is not genetically-engineered to allow drenching it with herbicides, it can be grown in more regions, has more genetic diversity, is more likely to be grown organically, captures more carbon, has fewer allergens and anti-nutritional factors, has more uses besides just the seed, and tastes better raw. Soy requires extensive heat processing before being edible, unlike hempseed.

Whereas soybeans are grown in rows and don’t get much taller than 2 m, hemp grown for seed can be very tall, with exponentially more biomass sucking carbon out of the atmosphere than a field put to soy. While the current practice when growing for seed is to have short plants for harvesting ease, that’s more an equipment limitation than a natural one. Comparing soy agronomy and processing to hempseed, soy is more energy intensive.

While a liter of soymilk generates only 18% of the GHG of a liter of cow’s milk, hempseed will be even lower, much lower. And although tofu is 8% of the greenhouse gas generated per pound of protein than herd beef, simply because shelled hempseed can be eaten raw, unlike soybean, it could generate far less GHG by the time it gets into people’s stomachs.

The Naturally Nutrient Rich score of shelled hempseed is 21.1. PDCAAS is 0.46, protein digestibility is 0.93, and PER is 1.87. The Disaster Response Diet Score of hempseed as food is 11.

And where there’s hempseed, there’s bast and hurd fiber… lots of it. As much as twenty times more fiber than seed, per-acre. To get that seed, you’ll have to also find a revenue stream for all that fiber. It won’t likely be suitable for textiles, but still has value and tons of carbon locked-up inside it. It could be used in Biocrete to make carbon-negative building insulation, ethanol, biochar, animal bedding, auto parts, erosion control, and many other products.

Growing hemp, especially for food, aligns with many Sustainable Development Goals. Where a Carbon Credits system is implemented it may give hemp farming an economic advantage over other crops or operations and could warm investors and asset owners to hemp.

This story first appeared at The Richard Rose Report

Eating Our Way to Extinction

Eating Our Way to Extinction

“The documentary future generations will be wishing everyone watched TODAY.” ~ Leonardo DiCaprio

Eating our Way to Extinction takes audiences on a cinematic journey around the world, from the depths of the Amazon rainforests to the Taiwanese Mountains, the Mongolian desert, the US Dust Bowl, the Norwegian Fjords and the Scottish coastlines, telling the story of our planet through shocking testimonials, poignant accounts from indigenous people most affected by our ever-changing planet, globally renowned figures and leading scientists. This powerful documentary sends a simple but impactful message by uncovering hard truths and addressing, on the big screen, the most pressing issue of our generation – ecological collapse.

The documentary covers biodiversity loss, deforestation, desertification, food and water security and the destruction of our oceans, and the link between these issues and our diet. The UN recently released a report that states we have 10 years left to reverse climate change before we face significantly more devastating effects, and other scientists are saying that at the current rate of our environmental destruction, we are in the 6th mass extinction! So, if we really want to save this planet for the next generation, we need to take action now, not in 10 or 20 years’ time. 

Our aim is to ensure as many people as possible watch the documentary across the globe, educate themselves, and change to a more sustainable and healthy food system.

“If we don’t take care of our world now, we’ll not have a place to live later.” — Darlene Mea

We’d also like to share what Kate Winslet said to the audience before the film premiered at the London Odeon on Sept 8th:

“Our wonderful film makers present to us facts that are staggering; that are at times uncomfortable to hear and even terrifying to comprehend that these are real facts, not a hoax. The filmmakers’ shared hope is that you will gain enough knowledge to perhaps experience a shift in your perspectives on this global crisis and perhaps make some changes that we so desperately need as a collective, as a community, as human beings who wish to preserve and protect our planet, our air, our children, our mental health and our animals. It can be done. This film shows us we can be powerful, not powerless.

Let us stand shoulder to shoulder with these filmmakers and bit by bit we may find ourselves realizing that maybe we can go without those foods that we have become so used to putting in our sandwiches, and reaching for the plant-based alternative. We’re emerging from lockdowns the world over. Perhaps this moment of re-emergence for us can also include new thought patterns around how we feed ourselves, and consider our next chapter whilst knowing that collectively the difference we can make will be seismic.”

What about the rest of the hemp plant?

What about the rest of the hemp plant?

Found this great article in Financial News Now

Follow the money and you’ll find the deeper mysteries of what’s going on.
In this case, we’re following the practically of what needs to happen for us to sustain our self. It’s apparent our environment, our economics and our Industrial evolution, is in dire straights. Hemp Is leading the way to a New Industrial Revolution

Money seekers are hot on this ‘new trail’ of Industrial Hemp and beginning to ask, what about the rest of the Hemp Plant. Beyond CBD there’s a multi-Billion Dollar industry slowly pirculating, ready to become full brew. Many of us have know this for years… Including the leaders like Thomas Jefferson ‘Hemp is the necessity to the wealth and protection of this country!’

Hemp: The Next Step or Pivot for Investors in Future Green Wave Stocks

The continued maturation of the cannabis industry, and subsequent recent sell-off of recreational marijuana stocks is leading companies to reevaluate new opportunities to expand into.

Industrial hemp is a logical choice as it promises blue sky potential in product development that recreational marijuana never could. This assumption is based on both the multiple health benefits associated to CBD content, but also the industrial applications that the entire hemp plant could provide.

The industrial hemp market space is an exciting new area of product development and research. The next few years will bring us new and exciting choices when it comes to the blended clothing we wear, the raw materials that encompass the cars we drive, the paper we write on, the recognized and healthful food we eat, the natural medicinal alternatives we are prescribed and the wellness products we use.


What about the rest of the hemp plant?

Industrial hemp has thousands of applications, with many more yet to be discovered now that the plant is available to scientists for research.

According to a 1938 article in Popular Mechanics, at that time, there were over 25,000 uses for the hemp plant. With the increase in technology, knowledge, manufacturing, etc., experts now estimate that with whole plant utilization, the hemp plant actually could have around 50,000 uses![1]

Industrial hemp can be used for textiles, car parts, pet supplies, biofuel, food, construction materials, and biodegradable plastic.

We are quite literally on the forefront of discovering what this extraordinary plant can do. The possibilities are just beginning to be known, which means there is unrealized potential for forward thinking investors positioned in the industrial hemp market.

Many of the products that can be produced from hemp are still in the R&D phase. In my opinion, in the next few years, we could see an explosion of hemp-related manufacturing processes and products that will be available to multiple industries and ultimately the end consumer.

Check out this company – Hemp Black

Sign-up now and stay tuned to FNN updates as this story continues to develop!

Editor’s Note – We are not encouraging buying of any stocks – Encouraging you to keep your eyes open on the Hemp Industrial Revolution! If you happen to know of viable Industrial Hemp Stocks, feel free to reach out and share.

Eyes Wide Open, there’s Hemp Hope for our future…


Darlene Mea

NYU launching $10M Center for Psychedelic Medicine in Manhattan

NYU launching $10M Center for Psychedelic Medicine in Manhattan

New York University wants to expand our minds — but in a trippy new way.

NYU Langone Health’s Department of Psychiatry plans to establish a Center for Psychedelic Medicine, a hallucinatory hub that will support research on treating addiction, chronic pain, opioid addiction and “existential distress” — among other physical and emotional maladies — using psychedelics. NYU researchers are already involved in studies on the treatment of alcoholism, anxiety and major depressive disorder with psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) and the treatment of severe PTSD with MDMA (also known as ecstasy and molly).

The program, announced Wednesday, will also be the home base for NYU’s new Psychedelic Medicine Research Training Program, which will attempt to make psychedelic medicine more mainstream and increase the number of experts in the field.

The new facility is backed by $10 million from donors, including Dr. Bronner’s soaps and psychedelic medicine company MindMed. The center is being created to “ensure that the momentum created by the modern psychedelic renaissance is sustained,” according to NYU psychiatry professor Michael P. Bogenschutz, who will be the center’s director. 

Benefactors believe the program will not only advance psychedelic-inspired medicinal research, but also help those suffering from “some of the most prevalent issues in mental health for patients,” according to a press release, which added, “We are very excited about what the future holds.” The center comes amid a surge in medicinal interest in psychedelics, with Oregon becoming the first state to legalize magic mushrooms in November, and California currently considering a bill that would decriminalize acid. Last August, a guided ketamine trip therapy clinic opened in Manhattan. 

Recreationally, psychedelics appear to be more popular than ever: In a July 2020 study, researchers found that LSD has become exponentially more popular among American adults as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“LSD is used primarily to escape. And given that the world’s on fire, people might be using it as a therapeutic mechanism,” University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate Andrew Yockey told Scientific American at the time. “Now that COVID’s hit, I’d guess that use has probably tripled.”

Tommy Chong – Why CBD is Not Good for You and Why FULL Spectrum Cannabis Is!

Tommy Chong – Why CBD is Not Good for You and Why FULL Spectrum Cannabis Is!

From the Editor; Darlene Mea; We approve this message!

Found this great article. We’ll it’s actually an advertorial, yet still, the message of Why CBD is Not Good for You and Why FULL Spectrum Cannabis is powerful. We are not sharing to sell anything, the information is just true!

Here’s the story

Hey, I’m Tommy Chong,

If there’s one thing people know about me, it’s that I love pot, right?

My wife jokes that I’m a walking drug test.

If anyone under 30 recognizes me on the street, she assumes they like pot too.

But almost 20 years ago, I quit, cold turkey. (More on that in a second)

And my health completely fell apart.

All my life people had been telling me that pot was going to kill me… but QUITTING turned my health upside down.

My joints began to ache like they never had..

I was constantly tired and sore…

I was getting up several times a night to pee…

Never getting a decent night’s sleep.

My energy evaporated like water on a hot pan.

I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.

It was like, all of a sudden, I was starting to “feel my age catch up with me”, when I never had before.

Then, I was diagnosed with
Prostate Cancer…

I was devastated.

The hardest part was having to tell my family.

I laid awake at night, worried I’d never see my youngest
daughter grow up.

But now I see that my diagnosis actually saved my life…

I’ll tell you right up top that my solution for these issues involved using CBD, but definitely not in any way you’ve heard of or tried before…

Maybe you’ve tried using CBD to experience some of these same benefits… only to discover that it didn’t work…

Or you’re thinking about trying it, but you’re worried that everything you’re hearing is “just hype”…

If you haven’t tried CBD yet, I’m glad
you’re reading this first…

And if you have tried it and it didn’t work, then I’ve got good news for you.

There’s nothing wrong with you.

The truth is that 99% of the CBD products available today just don’t work as advertised…

And there’s a simple reason why.

The problem is, with all the hype around CBD, you’ve probably never heard what I’m about to show you…

And it could cost you EVERYTHING.

My life changed overnight.

I could physically feel my body slowing down and it scared me…

By that point, I was almost 70, and I thought, “This is just what it feels like to get old I guess”

I resigned myself to my fate and tried to stay as active and as healthy as I could…

But I just didn’t feel right.

A few years later, at a routine physical, I got the news that would eventually save my life…

The good news about my cancer is that it was slow growing and in early stages… which meant I had time..

That aint a luxury many people get…

So, I started doing all the reading and research I could about different treatments and side effects…

I’m not sure if I buy that, but this cannabis oil sounded like it could help, and I figured I had nothing to lose.

Luckily, in California, marijuana was now legal to buy and use for medical reasons

And cancer pretty much gets you to the top of that list.

So, in addition to my regular cancer treatments, I went to my doctor and got a prescription for medical cannabis and I STOCKED UP.

I bought plenty of marijuana and used a bunch of it to make the special oil from Rick Simpson’s recipe…

I’ll be honest with you.. It tasted like garbage.

Imagine juicing a lawnmower bag full of grass clippings and taking a shot of it…

That would have been a little better than the stuff I made…

In addition to the oil, I also started smoking a little again to help with the side effects of my other treatments.

Not only were my cancer treatments working…

The most amazing thing happened!

I started feeling better ALL OVER.

How many cancer patients tell you they feel better AFTER starting treatment?

It was like I shed 20 years in 30 days…

It was amazing.

My mood was so much better all the time, I felt like I was living on Cloud Nine…

My energy surged to all new heights…

In addition to my cancer treatments, I was writing a book and a screenplay and doing media appearances and planning an all new tour…

Read the rest of this amazing story here! https://mystory.tommychongshemp.com/v759/?affid=13&s1=172268&s2=792090&s3=4835004&s4=%7Brc_uuid%7D&s5=&click_id=4c2cf9113dec4fd194d89848e9e72999

This is why we at HempingtonPost are not promoting the industry of CBD. Even though we know the Cannabis plant can be made into many aliment treatments and cures, the entourage effect on our entire system is what we gain with full spectrum cannabis, it is medicine. Hemp is fiber!

Darlene MeaProducer, with Passion…
A visionary leader perceives challenges and growth opportunities before they happen, positioning people to produce extraordinary results that make real contributions to life.