Another reason to legalize hemp

Hemcrete - a revulutionary building technology made from help

Hemcrete - a revulutionary building technology made from help

There have been a number of stories in the media the past few months about the many uses of marijuana’s cousin, hemp, and their potential for revenue.  Yet lawmakers have ignored the positive side of what this has to offer.

Now a hemp-based product in Europe   Tradical® Hemcrete®– is trying to make it’s way to the US and its high value warrants serious consideration.

Hemcrete, made by U.K.-based Lhoist Group, is a bio-composite, thermal walling building material made from hemp, lime and water.  And this new technology is carbon neutral, making it an ideal substitute for traditional concrete.

Versatile, sustainable, good looking, environmentally-friendly and 100% Hemcrete 1recyclable, Hemcrete has an amazing array of applications – from roof insulation to wall construction to flooring.  Among its many benefits, its waterproof, fireproof, insulates well, does not rot [when used above ground] and is completely recyclable. It can even be used as fertilizer when demolished!

This revolutionary product has been popular in Europe for years. BUT this species of hemp is currently illegal in the U.S., so finding a market here is going to be tough.

Perhaps if there’s enough money to be made from it, pressure on politicians will turn the tide, forcing them to revisit the issue.

Regardless, it’s so profitable overseas that Hemp Technologies, one of the biggest manufacturers of hemp products in the UK, is actively recruiting as many new growers as it can.

So instead of making it illegal, perhaps its time for hemp to take its rightful place as a viable, versatile, cash cow again here in the U.S. What do you think?

Phoenix to Become 1st U.S. city to be Carbon Neutral

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon announced today a bold 17-pont plan that would boldly create Phoenix as the country’s first carbon neutral city.

In collaboration with Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability, this proposed leap into full sustainability would cut city-generated GHG emissions by430,000 metric tons per year. This is roughly equal to 80,000 vehicles off the road.

The plan hinges on receiving at least partial funding from the new stimulas bill recently signed by President Obama. Brown and Arizona State University President Michael Crow met Tuesday with Energy Secretary Stephen Chu to make their pitch.

During the meeting, Chu observed that this plan could have Phoenix’s comprehensive plan could serve as a model for other cities across the country.

Solar will be an integral partof the 17-point plan, said Brown. He will announce that by April, Phoenix will seek bids to construct the Valley’s first solar power plant, to encompass 1,200 acres at the city’s landfill.

For more details on this visionary plan and comments from critics, see http://tinyurl.com/amxpqv.