Petroleum or Hemp Economy?

Petroleum or Hemp Economy?

As most of the world understands, the petroleum economy is in its final days. The damage it has done to the world is substantial. It is survivable only because it will soon be dismantled.

My recent interview with a major head of a giant petroleum conglomerate was eye-opening, heartful and revealing. In short he has sent out his minions to find the center of the hemp world for the purpose of taking it over. He plans to go from Big Oil to Big Hemp. 

In the process of the takeover he will become a social and economic hero. He understands the implications of his role in this next step. He is truly a visionary. When I asked him what a person ought to invest in, he was quick to insist that anyone who wants to get on board this new bullet train to mindful profits, one ought to be the first to market with any and all items that support the hemp industry in any way.

“Your product could be as small as a hemp hat, briefcase, candle or tennis shoe or it could be an innovative way to make the hemp wood, plastic, hemp filters or hemp surfboards…Also any production machinery that can improve the production of the plant or provide a better way to use the fiber for clothing or the biomass for insulation ought to be advertised and available in the marketplace now.”

“Be first to market. Put your stuff out there into the face of the investors, manufacturers, farmers, and the crafts people who will be fabricating everything from shoes to plastic wrap and hemp-crete homes to biofuel, all from this amazing plant. Now is your time to get ahead of the curve. Tell people about it. Make sure people in the industry know you exist, that they know what you’re offering and how it works.”

When I asked him what the time frame is, he hinted that the lobbying to correct the current law was in process, the major financial arrangements were being made.

“It’s for the sake of the planet and the profits. Without the planet, there are no profits.”

He went on to tell me about the biodegradable “plastic” bottles that can just about save mankind single handedly. He spoke for an hour about acreage and yields and the rebirth of the American farm family. This crop grows in about 12 weeks and it can change every industry including papermaking!  When he was done he was slightly hoarse and he excused himself. He had to get up early to travel to a speaking engagement. We need a social and economic hero right about now.

Todd Andrews – A Visionary, Author, Poet, who believe in Human Transformation

Note from the Editor: This story happened in the realms of possibilities – in other words, ‘it could happen’!

A Booming Industry

Vote Hemp’s 2017 US Hemp Crop Report found that 23,343 acres of hemp were cultivated in America that year alone. In 2018, that number rose to 77,000 acres. Now that hemp is legal nationwide, this number is expected to skyrocket during 2019. https://fee.org/articles/green-rush-how-hemp-is-growing-the-ec

Could hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor?

Could hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor?

Could hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor? The answer to this is changing our reality back to a non-synthetic world. With Hemp’s 2,500 uses, this ‘hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor’ is truly a game changer.

As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

by American Chemical Society

David Mitlin, Ph.D., explains that  are energy storage devices that have huge potential to transform the way future electronics are powered. Unlike today’s rechargeable batteries, which sip up energy over several hours, supercapacitors can charge and discharge within seconds. But they normally can’t store nearly as much energy as batteries, an important property known as energy density. One approach researchers are taking to boost supercapacitors’ energy density is to design better electrodes. Mitlin’s team has figured out how to make them from certain  fibers—and they can hold as much energy as the current top contender: graphene.

“Our device’s electrochemical performance is on par with or better than graphene-based devices,” Mitlin says. “The key advantage is that our electrodes are made from biowaste using a simple process, and therefore, are much cheaper than graphene.”

The race toward the ideal supercapacitor has largely focused on graphene—a strong, light material made of atom-thick layers of carbon, which when stacked, can be made into electrodes. Scientists are investigating how they can take advantage of graphene’s unique properties to build better solar cells, water filtration systems, touch-screen technology, as well as batteries and supercapacitors. The problem is it’s expensive.

Mitlin’s group decided to see if they could make -like carbons from hemp bast fibers. The fibers come from the inner bark of the plant and often are discarded from Canada’s fast-growing industries that use hemp for clothing, construction materials and other products. The U.S. could soon become another supplier of bast. It now allows limited  of hemp, which unlike its close cousin, does not induce highs.

Scientists had long suspected there was more value to the hemp bast—it was just a matter of finding the right way to process the material.

“We’ve pretty much figured out the secret sauce of it,” says Mitlin, who’s now with Clarkson University in New York.

The Rest of this story, A Mind Unleashed

World’s First Hemp Air Filter!

World’s First Hemp Air Filter!

Indoor air pollution can be as health destructive as outdoor air pollution.  In fact, according to the EPA our in-home & office air filters play a significant role in our overall health and wellbeing... Read on! 

According to the EPA

Scientific evidence indicates that the air within homes and buildings can be severely more polluted than the outdoor air in large and industrialized cities, and can have a significant impact on human health. Did you know that the World Health Organization (WHO) attributes 3.8 million deaths annually to household air pollution?

We at HempingtonPost are super excited to share this new HEMPGUARD Air Filter

World’s First Hemp Air Filter! 

CLEANER AIR – CLEANER CONSCIENCE

HempGuard is the world’s first HVAC filter using hemp media. HempGUARD is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, it’s the only one of its kind in the MERV 8 category. Other filters use a synthetic chemical spray to achieve their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, but the HempGuard does not, lessening the impact to the environment and the consumer.

The HempGuard is the world’s first biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable HVAC filter. This allows the HempGuard to be recycled using state and municipal recycling methods and procedures. This design choice also ensures the environmental impact.

HempGuard is the World’s First HVAC filter that cannot be installed incorrectly – fool-proof installation guaranteed! Using Lean Six Sigma methodology, and inspired by the Japanese error-prevention method known as Poka Yoke, the HempGuard has been specifically engineered with fool-proof installation in mind. 

9 REASONS for HempGuard Air FIlter

  1. World’s First patented biodegradable filter
  2. Naturally antimicrobial & antibacterial – no chemicals added
  3. Strictly tested meeting MERV 8 and new ISO requirements
  4. Composed of 100% plant-based materials
  5. Lasts up to six months! 100% longer than any other filter
  6. Recyclable & compostable
  7. Made in the U.S.A
  8. 100% Sustainable
  9. Hip To Be Hemp is a Veteran-Owned company

World’s First 6-month filter

The HempGuard is the world’s first HVAC allergen filter that lasts 6 months.  ORT Data show 4500 hours of useful life, MTBF 4500 hours with MTTR of 2 minutes

Installing and maintaining a high-quality air filter in your HVAC system is a simple and easy way to improve the air quality within your home or office building.

COST, HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT COMPARISON

SEE COMPARISON CHART HERE

HempGuard is the perfect, cost-effective, sustainable, allergen-filtration air solution to help keep you and your home healthy and clean!

Recommended for basic or standard residential and commercial use Other filters use a synthetic chemical spray to achieve their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, but the HempGuard does not, lessening the impact on the environment and the consumer.

Disclaimer: HempingtonPost has not tried these products, however, we’ve done our research on the company and trust the source!

For more info go to https://hiptobehemp.com/why-hempguard

Keep in mind Hip To Be Hemp is a Veteran-Owned company

Study Shows That Bees Like Hemp, And That’s Great News For The Environment

Study Shows That Bees Like Hemp, And That’s Great News For The Environment

For the sustainability of our environment, Bees LOVE HEMP is huge news.

Farmers (and Sen. Mitch McConnell) aren’t the only ones who are excited about hemp. According to a recent study, the crop also attracts a variety of bees—and that can help inform ecologically sustainable agriculture practices.

For the study, published this month in the journal Biomass and Bioenergy, researchers at Colorado State University set up 10 traps at industrial hemp fields in northern Colorado and collected bees over the course of five days during peak flowering season.

There are few other crops that pollinate in the region during the same timeframe, so the team wanted to know whether the non-psychoactive cannabis cousin of marijuana represented “a potentially valuable source of pollen for foraging bees,” which play a critical role in maintaining “sustainable productivity in natural and agricultural ecosystems.”

When the researchers looked at their collection, they found almost 2,000 bees from 23 different bee genera. Most of those (38 percent) were classic honeybees, but there were also specialized genera such as Melissodes bimaculata and Peponapis pruinosa that turned up in surprisingly “high proportions.”

The sample also indicated that hemp flowers are uniquely attractive to bees because previous reports looking at bee abundance and diversity for crops like genetically modified canola flowers didn’t produce the same volume or variety.

“Industrial hemp can play an important role in providing sustained nutritional options for bees during the cropping season.”

The study could prove helpful as ecologists attempt to address declining bee populations. The insects “continue to face debilitating challenges due to a number of different stressors,” the researchers wrote, but chief among them is the overall health of their respective habitats.

Finding a suitable pollinating crop to improve their habitats is, therefore, critical to the lives of bees and the ecosystems they occupy. Hemp “can thus be an ecologically valuable crop whose flowers are attractive to managed honey bees and a wide range of wild bees,” the researchers concluded.

“In addition, access to crucial phytochemicals through pollen and nectar from diverse plant sources is important for improved survival and pathogen tolerance in honey bees,” the team wrote. “Further studies analyzing the nutritive value of hemp pollen, would provide strong evidence in support of the ecological benefits.”

But the study also includes a warning: as hemp cultivation expands, which experts expect it will significantly since it has recently been federally legalized, there will be an increased risk of insect pests infecting the crop. And so the researchers said they “strongly urge that the information generated in this study on the diversity and abundance of bees on hemp be used to develop an integrated pest management plan designed to protect pollinators while controlling pests.”

Bees Like Hemp, And That’s Great News For The Environment

Fossil Fuel Based Plastic Pollution Reduced to a Design Decision

Fossil Fuel Based Plastic Pollution Reduced to a Design Decision

February 7, 2014 marked the passing of the original Federal Farm Bill, inviting new agricultural freedoms and encouraging a world of ecological alternatives in North America.  On this day, exactly 5 years later,  THE HEMP PLASTIC COMPANY (THPC), specialist in eco-friendly materials for packaging and parts, proudly announces an historic breakthrough:

Hemp Plastic Commercialization.

With this announcement,  Hemp plastic straws, water bottles, plastic bags, jars and virtually anything found in fossil fuel based resin may now be competitively made from hemp plastic.

Modern polymer is generally made from fossil fuels – taking millions of years to create and ages to degrade, polluting our oceans and land.   In comparison, Cannabis Hemp is a renewable, industrial plant material, offering a welcome, green alternative to raw polymer.

In 1930, Henry Ford was first known to use hemp as a prototype bioplastic in car fenders, and THPC co-founder Paul Benhaim began creating marketable hemp bioplastic formulas back in the 1990’s.

Today, THE HEMP PLASTIC COMPANY proudly announces the first full scale commercial production of hemp based bioplastics, ideal for nearly any application where fossil fuel resin is used.

Unlike other bioplastics using vegetable materials as filler, THPC has developed a revolutionary process to separate the various parts of the hemp plant, adding them individually to the bioplastics as needed to enhance the polymer properties.  THPC can add benefits such as fiber strength, and tap into natural flexibility attributes which are found within the hemp plant, then ultimately shared with this innovative polymer.

Manufacturers may now choose biodegradable, renewable, sustainable (in some cases, even compostable) plant based alternatives, suitable for thermalform, blow in, injection mold or film, hemp plastic effectively reduces plastic pollution down to a design decision.

THPC’s unique eco-polymer breakthrough marks a first for North America, made with up to 100% bio material.  At this price, the breakthrough represents a game changer for the worlds manufacturers who were previously reliant on fossil fuel based plastic.

The convergence of demand, technology and the deregulation of hemp material opens the door for this new range of alternative polymer solutions, and THE HEMP PLASTIC COMPANY is poised to supply  manufacturers worldwide.  With over 50 million lbs. of polymer capacity per harvest, this breakthrough represents a supply far larger than any previously available.

“We welcome North America’s new hemp farmers who are bringing back this valuable crop.   We also remain particularly thankful to our investors and our dedicated early adopters who drive our innovations.   Every ounce of hemp we use, is an ounce of petroleum based plastic we did not use.  This represents the catalyst linking all of our designers, suppliers and buyers” explained Kevin Tubbs, Co-Founder, and Chief Business Development Officer of  THE HEMP PLASTIC COMPANY.

Environmentalists are calling hemp plastic an eco-friendly game changer in the packaging industry, a revolutionary step forward because petroleum based plastic has been one of the major causes of pollution around the world.

“We welcome manufacturers from all industries to make their products a little easier on the planet.” explains Co-Founder and Chairman Paul Benhaim, noted hemp industry leader, author of 9 books on industrial hemp, global keynote speaker, as well as CEO of Elixinol Global Ltd, an Australian ASX Public listed Company (ASX:EXL, OTCQX: ELLXF).  Mr Benhaim was inspired to work with hemp plastics when noting plastic pollution in the pristine Himalayas and was fueled further when learning about the Great Ocean Garbage Patches – some now as big as countries.

THE HEMP PLASTIC COMPANY is working with farmers, processors, chemical compounders, injection molders, film extruders and packaging makers to commercialize the unusual bio plastics. While custom polymer from hemp is available for all clients, the 4 primary options provide alternatives for most manufacturers:

HEMPPropylene ™ for injection molds, thermal forming etc.

HEMPEthylene ™ for films and injection molds.

HEMP-ABS™ for high impact needs.

HEMP-PLA™, 100% bio material for 3D printers etc.

THE HEMP PLASTIC COMPANY is poised to revolutionize the multibillion dollar parts and packaging industry, by offering a previously unavailable, ecofriendly alternative.

Phytoremediation – Nature’s Peaceful Solution To Industrial Pollution

Phytoremediation – Nature’s Peaceful Solution To Industrial Pollution

We have a responsibility to provide for at least 7 generations ahead. Phytoremediation is a tool we can use to achieve that goal.

How do we know that phytoremediation works to help us heal our environmental crisis? Below are some links, videos, books and experts  on phytoremediation as a tool to solve many pollution problems,  CO2 induced climate change,  nuclear plants and waste, oil, lead, heavy metals and many more.

1. Phytoremediation: Using Plants to Clean Soil

“In 1998, Phytotech, along with Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP) and the Ukraine’s Institute of Bast Crops, planted industrial hemp, Cannabis sp., for the purpose of removing contaminants near the Chernobyl site. Cannabis is in the Cannabidaceae family and is valuable for its fiber, which is used in ropes and other products. This industrial variety of hemp, incidentally, has only trace amounts of THC, the chemical that produces the “high” in a plant of the same genus commonly known as marijuana.”

2. Phytoremediation with hemp 

“Hemp and cesium accumulation • A study done in 2005 by Vandenhove and He’s tested hemp’s ability to uptake of radiocesium. – Sandy soils used to emulate Chernobyl conditions – Used a lysimeter and pots in greenhouse. • Soil was contaminated with approx. 326 kBq/kg in pots and 13.0 kBq/kg in the lysimeter and harvested after 186/136 days. • Chernobyl accident was contaminated at 1480 kBq/m^2”

“Hemp Cleans is currently supporting research into development of cultivars which will be ideally suited to Colorado’s climate. The seed stock developed as a result of this research will be used for the purposes of expanding the phytoremediation pilot project to include evaluations of cultivation in fire-scorched alpine soils and saline agricultural environments.”

4. Industrial Hemp for Bioremediation

“Overall, phytoremediation has great potential for cleaning up toxic metals, pesticides, solvents, gasoline, and explosives. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than 30,000 sites in the United States alone require hazardous waste treatment. Restoring these areas and their soil, as well as disposing of the wastes, are costly projects, but the costs are expected to be reduced drastically if plants provide the phytoremediation results everyone is hoping for.”

5. Hemp Phytoremediation Program Can Help With Gulf Oil Spill Crisis

“We all know that hemp was helpful in cleaning up the toxins around Chernobyl, and with a bit of planning by a mastermind alliance, can be used to clean up the environmental mess again.

An immediate end to hemp prohibition will allow us to use this biomass champion in a hemp phytoremediation program.

“Phytoremediation can be defined as the decontamination of soil, sediment or water using plant growth. Industrial hemp, Cannabis sativa L., is renowned for its ability to grow rapidly. In one growing season, fibre hemp can yield 250 to 400 plants per square metre, with each plant reaching up to 5 metres in height. As a result, hemp has been identified as a plant with the potential to serve as a phytoremediator.”

The same way hemp was used to clean up the toxins around Chernobyl, we should be using hemp to clean up the toxins from the Gulf of Mexico “oil spill” (more like a volcano) and other environmental crisis situations.

The McGraw-Hill Companies reported in 2000 “Overall, phytoremediation has great potential for cleaning up toxic metals, pesticides, solvents, gasoline, and explosives.”

6. A Citizen’s Guide To Phytoremediation

“Why Use Phytoremediation? EPA uses phytoremediation for many reasons. It takes advantage of natural plant processes and requires less equipment and labor than other methods since plants do most of the work. Also, the site can be cleaned up without digging up and hauling soil or pumping groundwater, which saves energy. Trees and smaller plants used in phytoremediation help control soil erosion, make a site more attractive, reduce noise, and improve surrounding air quality. Phytoremediation has been successfully used at many sites, including at least 10 Superfund sites across the country”

7. Here’s a study guide (proposed structure for conference topics) for the Hemp For Victory: A Global Warming Solution

A book by the late, great hemp activist Richard M. Davis – free pdf on this link above as well as hard copy for purchase.

“In the late 1990s industrial hemp was tested at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine to help heal the soil. Because of the quick rate in which it grows, up to 250 to 400 plants (15t in height) per square meter, industrial hemp showed it could clean the land of contaminated pollutants like sewer sludge, fly ash, and other metals. In 1989, three years after the explosion, the Soviet government asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to assess the radiological and health situation in the area around the power plant. Toxic metals and radioactive emissions were contaminating the dirt, plants, and animals. Iodine, cesium-137, strontium, and plutonium were among some of the harmful toxins infesting nearly everything in the surrounding area.
A soil cleanup method was proposed using green plants to remove the toxins from the soil in a technique called phytoremediation. This was the term created by Dr. Ilya Raskin of Rutgers University. He was one of the original members of the team who was asked to examine food safety at the Chernobyl site. Phytoremediation is a process that takes advantage of the fact that green plants can extract and concentrate certain elements within their ecosystem. Some plants can grow in metal-laden soils, extract certain metals through their roots, and accumulate them in their tissues without being damaged. In this way, pollutants are either removed from the soil and groundwater or rendered harmless. This complex filtering system would prove to be effective in sucking out pollutants and leaving only the natural, fresh, soil. Much like a maggot might be used to clean a wound.
There are a handful of scientists, researchers, and companies funding efforts to test the different varieties of plants that can be used in this process to clean polluted soils, and make no mistake, industrial hemp is at the forefront.”

9. Hemp and the Decontamination of Radioactive Soil 

“As a proven, valuable tool in the fight to repair human-inflicted damage to our soils and ecosystems, hemp could potentially benefit hundreds of thousands of sites across the globe—it is estimated that in the USA alone there are 30,000 sites requiring remediation. As is so often the case, US restrictions on hemp cultivation preclude any large-scale operations from being implemented, and the contaminated sites are largely left unremediated, through lack of both funding and interest on the part of the government.”

10. Phytoremediation

[ The above link is down post Donald destroy the EPA Trump – here’s the page of phytoremediation papers as a result of a general search – http://www.usgs.gov/search/node/phytoremediation ]

Though not hemp specific it’s USGS take on phytoremediation

“Phytoremediation – “Phytoremediation uses plants to clean up pollution in the environment. Plants can help clean up many kinds of pollution including metals, pesticides, explosives, and oil. The plants also help prevent wind, rain, and groundwater from carrying pollution away from sites to other areas. Phytoremediation works best at sites with low to medium amounts of pollution. Plants remove harmful chemicals from the ground when their roots take in water and nutrients from polluted soil, streams, and groundwater … Once inside the plant, chemicals can be stored in the roots, stems, or leaves; changed into less harmful chemicals within the plant; or changed into gases that are released into the air as the plant transpires (breathes).” – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2001″

Abstract: “Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) was used to examine its capability as a renewable resource to decontaminate heavy metal polluted soils. The influence of heavy metals on the fibre quality was of special interest. Determination of heavy metal content was carried out by means of atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Four different parts of the plant were examined: seeds, leaves, fibres and hurds. In each case, the concentration relation was Ni and Pb and Cd [ Notation: Ni – Nickel greater than Pb  – Lead, greater than Cd – Cadmium]. However, the heavy metal accumulation in the different parts of the plant was extremely different. All parts of hemp plants contain heavy metals and this is why their use as a commercially utilisable plant material is limited.
We found that the highest concentrations of all examined metals were accumulated in the leaves. In this field trial, hemp showed a phytoremediation potential of 126 g Cd (ha vegetation period)−1. We tested the fibre quality by measuring the pure fibre content of the stems and the fibre properties after mechanical separation. In addition, the fibre fineness was examined using airflow systems and image analysis. The strength was measured by testing single fibre bundles with a free clamping distance of 3.2 mm using a universal testing device. Finally, we compared the results from the stems and fibres from trials on heavy metal polluted ground with hemp stems and fibres from non-polluted ground. Since there was no comparable unpolluted area near the polluted one, reference values were taken from an area quite far away and subsequently with a different soil composition and also exposure to different meteorological conditions. Thus, the observed differences are only partially caused by the heavy metal contamination.”

12. Phytoremediation: An Environmentally Sound Technology for Pollution Prevention, Control and Redmediation – An IntroductoryGuide To Decision-Makers

We’re talking hemp, thistle, sunflowers and the ever powerful mushrooms, etc. to demonstrate how phytoremediation works, in this page in the context of absorbing heavy metals from the soil.

“The Use of Phytoremediation for Hydraulic Control of Contaminants

Plants can act as hydraulic pumps when their roots reach down toward the water table and establish a dense root mass that takes up large quantities of water. Poplar trees, for example, can transpire between 50 and 300 gallons of water per day out of the ground. The water consumption by the plants decreases the tendency of surface contaminants to move towards groundwater and into drinking water. The use of plants to rapidly uptake large volumes of water to contain or control the migration of subsurface water is known as hydraulic control. There are several applications that use plants for this purpose, such as riparian corridors/buffer strips and vegetative caps.”

13. The Use of Plants for the Removal of Toxic Metals from Contaminated Soil

“For Pb [lead], a major soil contaminant, no hyperaccumulator species has been identified. However, several species, such as hemp dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum), common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), nodding thistle (Carduus nutans), and Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis), were shown to have superior Pb accumulating properties (Berti and Cunningham, 1993). Practices have been developed to increase the potential of common nonaccumulator plants for Pb phytoextraction. Particularly, the uptake-inducing properties of synthetic chelates open the possibility of using high biomass producing crops for Pb phytoextraction. Under chelate-induced conditions, maize (Huang and Cunningham, 1996) and Indian mustard (Blaylock et al., 1997) have been successfully used to remove Pb from solution culture and contaminated soil, respectively. Physical characteristics of soil contamination are also important for the selection of remediating plants. For example, for the remediation of surface-contaminated soils, shallow rooted species would be appropriate to use, whereas deep-rooted plants would be the choice for more profound contamination. ”

14. Phytoremediation Potential of Hemp (Cannabis sativaL.): Identification and Characterization of Heavy Metals Responsive Genes 

“Soil pollution caused by heavy metals is one of the major problems throughout the world. To maintain a safe and healthy environment for human beings, there is a dire need to identify hyperaccumulator plants and the underlying genes involved in heavy metals stress tolerance and accumulation. The goal of this research is to explore the potential of hemp as a decontaminator of heavy metals by identifying the two important heavy metals responsive genes, glutathione-disulfidereductase (GSR) and phospholipase D-α (PLDα).

The results revealed heavy metals accumulation; Cu (1530 mg kg−1), Cd (151 mg kg−1), and Ni (123 mg kg−1) in hemp plants’ leaves collected from the contaminated site. This shows the ability of the hemp plant to tolerate heavy metals, perhaps due to the presence of stress tolerance genes. In this study, partial sequences of putative GSR (215 bp) and PLDα (517 bp) genes were identified, responsive to heavy metals stress in hemp leaves. Both genes exhibited 40–60% sequence identity to previously reported genes from other plant species. Glutathione binding residues and conserved arginine residues were found identical in a putative GSR gene to those of other plant species, while the phospholipids binding domain and catalytic domain were found in the PLDα gene.

These results will help to improve our understanding about the phytoremediation potential of hemp as well as in manipulating GSR and PLDα genes in breeding programs to produce transgenic heavy-metals-tolerant varieties.”

15. Evaluation of The Phytoremediation Potential of Industrial Hemp

“Industrial hemp cultivars, Zolo-11, USO-31 and Zolo-15, were tested for their ability to accumulate U and Pb in the above-ground biomass. Plants were grown in soils with an average content of U 336_1 mg/kg (OH), Pb 911_53 mg/kg (NJ), or Pb 571_86 mg/ (farm soil). Results demonstrated that hemp is potentially a good phytoremediation crop. This fast growing, high biomass crop grew normally in the Pb- or U-contaminated soil. Industrial hemp responded positively to Phytotech’s amendments and accumulated up to 5,447 mg/kg Pb and up to 560 mg/kg U from the soils that contained just 571 mg/kg Pb and 336 mg/kg U respectively. Cultivars of industrial hemp significantly differ in the ability to accumulate Pb and U, hence extensive screening may produce cultivars with better phytoremediation capacity.”

16. Hemp for Income, Jobs, and Soil Remediation of Nuclear Waste in Bridgeton Missouri and the Cold Water Creek area of the St.Louis Region

“Radiation Levels of the Bridgeton landfill will be controllable under certain circumstances as it relates to surface and subsurface soil properties.

Specifically the surface of the existing soil to a depth of 8 feet. This is also the area and depth of the soil contaminates that are causing all the health issues associated with nuclear waste that are plaguing the residents of the Bridgeton and Cold Water Creek region.”

17. International Journal of Phytoremediation (list of their articles – networking) 

“Daniel (Niels) van der Lelie, PhD, microbial ecology pioneer, is the senior director of the Center for Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology at RTI International. Before joining RTI, van der Lelie spent nine years at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he researched the development of new genomic tools to study the functioning of microorganisms and apply those findings to real-world problems such as pollution cleanup, biofuels as alternative energy, and the interactions between plants and their associated microorganisms.
Prior to Brookhaven, he worked as a research scientist at Transgène (Strasbourg), the Study Center for Nuclear Energy, and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research. Van der Lelie has written more than 130 publications and lectured nationally and internationally. He serves on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Phytoremediation and Microbial Biotechnology, and is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, Society for Industrial Microbiology, and International Phytotechnology Society.”

18. Phytoremediation and Fracking 

“Safety Recommendations • Longer vertical steel casing • Complete cement bond between casing and well along entire well depth • Proper encasement for the storage/disposal of drilling waste, flow-back fluids and produced water • Treatment for soil and ground water at polluted sites – Phytoremediation and bioremediation of organic pollutants – Modeling movement in groundwater • Establish federal and world law regarding the safe practices for the use of fracking • Disclosure of fracking fluid”

19. Phytoremediation (good one page flyer) 

“REMEDIATION Once the land has been prepared for planting a wider variety of remediation plants may be grown to deal with the contamination. Various different processes occur within the plants to deal with the contaminants, and specific plants must be selected to appropriately deal with the various types of contamination.

Hemp’s a highly versatile crop which may be used in the phytoremediation process. The plants are not affected by pests so no pesticides are required, and they grow extremely fast smothering any competing weeds. In addition to the employment generated during the remediation process the hemp may also be harvested and used to generate new long term industries. The fibre yielded may be used for textiles, paper or as a low embodied energy building material and therefore employment opportunities can be created in the production, processing and manufacture of hemp based products such as housing, clothing and paper. The spin-off industries created should become economically sustainable helping to regenerate the wider area. Hemp branded products may command a premium using eco-friendly marketing to inflate their value and therefore ensure a position in the marketplace.”

20. Phytoextraction of Heavy Metals by Hemp during Anaerobic Sewage Sludge Management in the Non-Industrial Sites

Conclusions 1. The addition of anaerobic sewage sludge in high doses to pot experiments increased height one and a half and weight two-sevenfold of hemp. 2. At the conditions of heavy metals very low concentrations in the substratum, as at presented experiment the most heavy metals are [accumulated] in roots. The sorption of zinc and nickel at the greatest amount took place by root, copper at the greatest amount was accumulated in leaf. 3. The acquired results showed that it is advisable to dewater mesophilic anaerobic sewage sludge by fibrous hemp growing. The concentrations of Zn – 30 mg/dm3 , Cu – 5.6 mg/dm3 and Ni – 2.5 mg/dm3 mg/dm3 can be removed from soil-sludge substratum by fibrous hemp growing and did not cause a reduction of hemp height and weight.

21. Natural Remediation at Savannah River Site

“Abstract: Natural remediation is a general term that includes any technology or strategy that takes advantage of natural processes to restore a contaminated media to a condition that is protective of human health and the environment. Natural remediation techniques are often passive and minimally disruptive to the environment. They are generally implemented in conjunction with traditional remedial solutions for source control (i.e., capping, stabilization, removal, soil vapor extraction, etc.). Natural remediation techniques being employed at Savannah River Site (SRS) include enhanced bio-remediation, monitored natural attenuation, and phytoremediation.

Enhanced bio-remediation involves making nutrients available and conditions favorable for microbial growth. With proper precautions and feeding, the naturally existing microbes flourish and consume the contaminants. Case studies of enhanced bio-remediation include surface soils contaminated with PCBs and pesticides, and Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) contamination in both the vadose zone and groundwater.

Monitored natural attenuation (MNA) has been selected as the preferred alternative for groundwater clean up at several SRS waste units. Successful implementation of MNA has been based on demonstration that sources have been controlled, groundwater modeling that indicates that plumes will not expand or reach surface water discharge points at levels that exceed regulatory limits, and continued monitoring.

Phytoremediation is being successfully implemented at one SRS waste unit and considered for others. Phytoremediation involves using plants and vegetation to uptake or break down contaminants in groundwater or soils. Case studies at SRS include managing groundwater plumes of tritium and VOCs with pine trees that are native to the area. Significant decreases in tritium discharge to a site stream have been realized in one phytoremediation project. Studies of other vegetation types, methods of application, and other target contaminants are underway.”

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