with your dollars!
Defunct agricultural practices known as conventional chemical farming
are destroying the world. Much of the damage is done. Organic agriculture, or
permaculture, is farming's only possible alternative food production, and industrial hemp
production is an essential cash rotation crop that replenishes the soil and reverses
this quick test: if your soil has worms, which aerate the soil while they fertilize
it, your soil is healthy. If it doesn't, your soil is like most soil: dead.
Poisoned, most likely.
Modern agriculture has given the once proud
abbreviation agri a bad name. Chemical agricultural practices, using petroleum to
supply essential plant nutrients, has become conventional farming, while organic
farmers and organic farms that practice permaculture and alternative food production, are
still considered outside the mainstream. Chemical agricultural parctices release
nitrous oxide into the atmosphere and cause erosion, contributing to the geometric
progression of global warming and climate change. This further damages our food
This planet grew food for millions of years without petro-chemicals.
from organic gardening, organic growing is considered not financially desirable, despite
higher prices for organic food. One reason is certainly lack of demand. The
small income my family survives on cannot afford organic food. Meanwhile, here in
Hawaii, industrial hemp production, or cannabis sativa growing, like everywhere else in
the US, is illegal.
A plant that uses less water, restores soil tilth, and needs no chemical
treatments whatsoever, is obviously a threat to someone sucking off the subsidized teat of
Uncle Sam's sugar interests.
With no regard for soil tilth or the health of the people who live here, the
sugar industry has poisoned, burned, and watered a subsidized cash crop that could
not compete, even price-wise, with a cash and rotation crop that replenishes soil and
reverses erosion damage. This logic, on a global scale, will worsen the climatic
Our way of life, and our inability to improve our behavior, is killing
us. The madness continues. Sea levels rise as the polar ice caps melt.
We burn more fossil fuels, spray more toxins, fill more methane producing landfills, and
destroy more ocean. And yet there are still those who claim we are not
responsible. When El Ņino becomes an annual event, I hope they are the first to
Eco-Home Network, Los Angeles, is an
organization of people interested in ecological demonstration homes and systems that can
reduce your impact on the planet.
Permaculture helps the planet
by producing food and natural textiles without the use of chemicals. Since the
production and use of chemicals is one of the biggest causes of environmental degradation,
not using them obviously makes a huge difference. You can help by buying organic
foods, organically produced clothing, and natural health and beauty care products.
Hemp improves the poor soil it grows in, using less water, and
can be used for paper, clothing, fuel, resins, food, and plenty more!
We have a
list of common uses for hemp, as well as books about hemp so you
can learn more.