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December 13th, 2009

This article is a work in progress which may be updated several times, if anyone has any information to contribute please do not hesitate to message!


Climate Change/Global Warming
Hemp
- Increases soil carbon, locking it into raw materials and replacing unsustainable raw materials
- Absorbs carbon several times more carbon per acre than forests, and has been quotes as "the fasted carbon-to-biomatter converter"


Deforestation
- Hemp only takes a 90-100 days to mature for harvest, while most trees take 50 to 500 years and is far less vulnerable to changes in climate compared to slow to medium growth forests
- It can be turned into many products that are usually wood-based such as paper and plywood.
- It still has the most useful biochemical characteristics of hardwood. - Growing hemp on deforested hillsides prevent landslides, run-off and also prepares land for future crops or reforestation. Large scale tree planting is not feasible without providing an immediate and sustainable alternative to forest resources used by the majority of the worlds population for cooking heating and raw materials. Hemp produces several metric tons of versatile biomass per hectare annually or bi-annually in hotter climates, potentially protecting old growth forests.
- Hemp also produces much higher quantities of stronger and more versatile fibre than cotton, and many other fibre crops, which often have very high chemical residue and water footprints.
- Hemp produces 3-4 times more usable fiber for paper per hectre per year than forests and hemp paper can be recycled 10 times while tree-based paper can only be recycled around 3 times. Sustainable forests tend to dry up the land over time and drain it of resources while hemp actually repleneshes the soil.


Loss of Topsoil/Reduction in Quality of Soil/Return to Permaculture
- Hemp can be grown without the use of chemical imputs
- This makes it ideal for subsistance communities in 3rd World Countries
- Hemp improves soil structure and fetility and so can be grown on existing agricultural land (unlike most forestry projects) and can be included as part of a farm's crop rotation with positive effects on overall yields of follow on crops.
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Peak Oil + Unsustainable/Unlean Energy
- Not only can Hemp be turned into a clean and sustainable petrol for cars...
- It can also be turned into several products that would replace petrochemical products such as
- Large scale cultivation could replace many oil-based unsustainable products and materials, particularly in construction
- Hemp Seed Oil can be used to fuel cars. Biodiesel is becoming very popular lately, and Hemp is actually the best plant to use for biodiesel. It boasts the highest oilseed yield out of all other plants used for biodisel. This means that one plant of Hemp can produce more fuel then any other single plant.
- Fossil fuel contains sulphur, which is the source of many of the aggravating environmental pollution, on the other hand dried hemp biomass burns with virtually no ash or sulphur.
- So it could also be combined as a source of energy along with other sustainable sources such as wind, wave, solar and geothermic.

Sustainable Cosmetics
- Hemp can be made into healthy shampoos, lotions, lip and other balms.

MORE TO COME

Sources:
http://www.hempglobalsolutions.com/
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/11362
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/214402?m=2776416e
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/4145?m=266f5cf0

Sources of Hemp Products:
http://bit.ly/EverythingHemp
http://bit.ly/HempProducts

October 19th, 2008

August 20th, 2008

The CFIS is to be reprisented tomorrow on Colourful Radio (digital0194 or www.colourfulradio.com) 9 and 10am GMT in a show hosted by Rosemary Laryea, please tune in if you can!

Antony, one of the admins of the CFIS has been invited to speak about recycling and the various barriers that seem to be obstructing the efforts of private individuals, to quote:

"We have been told that we must recycle or else, we have also been told that we should not overfill our bins or else, and we have been told that we can’t leave too many bags out for collection…..now we are been told that for health and safety reasons the bin men will not collect bags which they classify to be too heavy…"

Does this have a discouraging impact?

Other tagential issues will be discussed such as the role of the government and industry's share of the burden.

You can find Rosemary Laryea here: http://www.iamcolourful.com/radio/presenter/rosemary/

June 16th, 2008

Car that runs on water

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June 9th, 2008

- If all the corn in the US were used for ethanol production it would only displace 12% of the gasoline currently used according to the National Academy of Sciences'.

- Ethanol typically requires more fossil fuels to make from corn than it produces as fuel.

- Corn ethanol is not sustainable because frowing corn erodes the the soil 18 times faster than it can recover. (Contrast with Industrial Hemp which actually replenishes the soil and is "one of the fastest CO2-to-biomass conversion tools available, more efficient than agro-forestry per land use," source: Hemp Global Solutions.)

- While it takes 18 gallons of water to make a gallon of gasoline from crude oil, it takes Over 12,000 gallons of water to make a gallon of enthanol from corn!

- "The overall environmental impacts of ethanol and bio-diesel can very easily exceed those of petrol and mineral diesel" according to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

- "Ethanol is not a cheap source of energy; it is about three times as expensive as gasoline," source: www.farmecon.com.

So naturally, follows the question, what is the solution to our energy crises?
We prescribe energy efficiency and a move towards a conservation society,
For example, at present fossil fuel power plants rarely achieve conservation efficiency greater than 40% and transmission losses on the US power grid are estimated at 7-9%, so almost half of all fossil fuel energy is lost before it is put to use. For this reason and many others it would be better to have smaller and more localised power stations, in these instances the steam produced could be reused to heat local homes and workplaces for no additional cost.

To learn more about these and similar concepts please consult our earlier article Nuclear Energy vs. Conservation of Energy.

June 4th, 2008

"When it comes to suicide bombing, I, like many others, always assumed that the driving force behind the practice was Islamic Fundamentalism. Promise of instant entry into paradise as a reward for killing infidels was said to explain the suicides. The world's expert on suicide terrorism convinced me to rethink this apparently plausable answer. The University of Chicago's Robert Pape, for his book Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, collected a database of all 462 syucude terrorist attacks between 1980 and 2004. One thing he found was that religious beliefs were less important as motivating factors than we had believed. The world's leaders in suicide terrorism are actually the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, a Marxist secular group. The largest Islamic fundamentalist countries have not been responsible for any suicide terrorist attacks. No one has come from Iran or Sudan.[editors emphasis]

The clincher is this: the stongest motivation, according to Pape, is not religion but rather a desire "to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory the terrorists view as their homeland." Between 1995 and 2004, the al Qaeda years, two-thirds of all attacks came from countries where the US had troops stations. While al Qaeda terrorists are twice as likely to hail from a country with a strong Wahabist (radical Islamic) presence, they are TEN TIMES as likely to come from a country in which US troops are stationed. Until the US. invasion in 2003, Iraq had never had a suicide terrorist attack in its entire history. [Editors Note: there was not any al Qaeda in Iraq before the invasion] Between 1982 and 1986, there were 41 suicide terrorist attacks in Lebanon. Once the US, France and Israel withdrew their forces from Lebanon there were no more attacks. The reason the attacks stop, according to Pape, is that the Osama bin Ladens of the world can no longer inspire poential sucide terrorists, regardless of their religious beliefs... Predictably enough, al Qaeda recruitment has exploded since the invasion of Iraq...

Although most Americans don't know it, for much of the early twentieth century our country had an excellent reputation in the Middle East, the part of the world we are told will hate us no matter what... Pape is convinced after his extensive research that the longer and more extensive the occupation of Muslim territories, the greater the chance of more 9/11-type attacks on the United States."

- Ron Paul, from his book The Revolution: A Manifesto ...
order of information has been edited slightly for readers convenience

 

"James Bamfor [author of A Pretext for War (2005) and Body of Secrets (2002)] observes that the leadership of al Qaeda hoped to lure us into a 'desert Viteman,' and enormously expensive war that would deplete our resources and help their own recruitment by stirring up the locals against us... The terrorists, in short, have played us like a fiddle... according to a study by the Global Research in International Affairs Center in Herzliya, Israel, the vast bulk of the foreign fighters in Iraq are people who had never been involved in terrorist activity before but have been radicalized by the US presence in Iraq [and] the war's ultimate cost is being estimated in trillions."


Please Circulate this Information Widely
Note; The CFIS does NOT endorse Ron Paul or ANY other politician or political party, it is the information which is being endorsed.

 

May 17th, 2008

Hiya guys and gals

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Just a quick note to say we're still active, new items are in the pipeline and will be posted in due course.

April 19th, 2008

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Links for Ethical/Sustainable shopping

Banking: Ethical banking www.triodos.com savings only, very good reputation
http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/  savings and current accounts
http://www.ecologybuildingsociety.co.uk/  mortgages and savings  
Batteries: www.greenbatteries.com  
Big Barn: http://www.bigbarn.co.uk/producers/index.php  
Buy Nothing Day: www.buynothingday.co.uk  
Cafedirect: www.cafedirect.co.uk  
Carbon Neutral Shop: http://www.carbonneutral.com/shop  
Cards for Charity: www.charitycards.co.uk  
Cleaning Products: www.ecover.com  
Clothing (Independent): http://www.stores.ebay.com/damsels-in-this-dress  (recycled)
Conscious Consuming: http://www.consciousconsuming.org/  
Eco-Cotton: www.gossypium.co.uk  
Ethical Consumer Magazine: www.ethicalconsumer.org  
Fairtrade Foundation: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/  
Feel Real Goods: http://www.feelrealgoods.com/  
Funeral Stuff (morbid I know): http://www.funeralsearch.co.uk/woodlands.php  
http://www.ifishoulddie.co.uk/alternative_burials.php  
http://www.naturalendings.co.uk/  
Go Green Shopper: http://www.gogreenshopper.com/  
Green Choices: http://www.greenchoices.org/  
Green Grocer: http://www.abel-cole.co.uk/  
Green Shop: http://www.greenshop.co.uk/  
Green Stationary: www.greenstat.co.uk  
Hemp Shop: www.thehempshop.net  
Jewlery (Independent): http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5153667  
Kitchen Disposables (Recycled): http://www.ifyoucare.com/  
Natural Selection (cool invetions!): http://www.naturalcollection.com/  
Recycled Paper Products: http://www.recycled-paper.co.uk/  
Recycled Products Guide: www.recycledproducts.org.uk/  Highly Recommended
Shoes: www.greenshoes.co.uk  
Traidcraft: www.traidcraft.co.uk  
Treecycle: http://www.treecycle.com/  


By all mean circulate these links high and low,
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