Carbon Farming: AgTech is our Future
What is required is to capture the CO2 - from the air?
Two years ago, CO2 levels were 401ppm. Today, this has risen to 405ppm... with consistent readings according to NASA data June 2016; when levels should be dropping on a seasonal basis. Two percent per year is rather alarming.
Governments are "talking" about this issue and instituting carbon taxes. They've been talking for decades now... with few results. It is not a logical solution, to simply reduce existing emissions.... the carbon needs to be reclaimed from the atmosphere. I've reviewed several of the technology projects proposed to capture carbon. They do not appear to be large enough to make a difference. There is ONE approach that would work. AGRICULTURE: the growing of C3 crops that absorb more carbon as CO2 levels rise. Most of the crops we grow are 'modern' C4 plants. Cannabis is an ancient species that captures CO2 at a significant rate. As levels rise, the plants get bigger. Simple, really. AgTech is the only real solution on the horizon. Turning those crops into homes, products and eco-materials captures the carbon directly. Permanently. For the life of the home or product created, the carbon is taken out of the air. Hempcrete buildings would use hundreds of tons of hemp material. Each ton of hempcrete captures 1.6 tons of CO2. A micro-cellulose process, Zeoform, has been developed that does exactly the same thing. This simple technology turns hemp crops into cellulose for manufacturing: a proven, commercial application that creates value from what is now "waste". Hemp farmers and the entire supply chain benefits. Circular economy at work.
This is the time of the Perfect Storm for cannabis. Across the spectrum, people are calling for legalization. From medical cannabis to “recreational” to industrial uses – the ancient species is emerging into the mainstream. Now, medical users are looking to industrial strains for the higher CBD levels found in farm crops across the nation. The irony is that breeding low THC varieties for “industrial” uses is perfect for many medical uses.
Industrial hemp is a crop every farmer worldwide can grow profitably. Starting this year. I call this “carbon farming”. From the small 10 acre farm up to thousands of acres in the Prairies, cannabis produces seed, fibre, cellulose and leaf material; tons per acre. A “triple bottom line” as the saying goes. Taken to a logical conclusion, the concept of carbon farming could absorb ALL the CO2 we emit globally. Taken to 85 million hectares, CO2 levels would begin to drop. Year after year.
Closing the Loop. Solving the third part of the equation.
In creating solutions within the industrial cannabis (hemp) sector, the critical equation depends on separating the fibre from the core. One tough job – the fibre is strong and bonded to the stalk with lignum – same stuff trees use to stand tall in the forests.
This key step, separation (decortication), determines every other industrial application that follows. As cannabis is coming to the forefront once again, four new machine designs that improve the separation (decortication) process have been developed. Each of these efficiently separates the fibre from the core: generally a 30% fibre - 70% core ratio. Using the fibre for textiles is pretty straightforward. The core hurd produced; not as well developed in the marketplace.
Machines to use the fibre part of hemp are well developed. These produce a wide range of products: insulation, geo matting, yarn, rope, textiles, building materials and some composites. Commercial applications to use the core hurd 'waste' have been typically been animal bedding, hempcrete or absorption products. Some work has been done on chip-board and particle board panel manufacturing. Previously we've mentioned a new process, Zeoform, that uses the core cellulose from hemp stalk. An eco-material that can replace a wide variety of wood, plastic, fibreglass or composites on a local, scaleable-level. Zeoform can be produced locally without chemicals, using just plain water. This creates real opportunity and value. This closes the industrial hemp loop perfectly. It solves the Gordian Knot of the sector.
Industrial hemp can now produce maximum value at the farm level and beyond. Extending to dual-purpose crops that are grown for seed and fibre, use of the core hurd increases the value of each acre. Fibre and core markets would increase farm revenues by a wide margin. This creates an excellent circular economy beginning at the farm. This is the third part of the equation. Processing : Fibre : Core. Fibre and core cellulose production improve the returns on the farm acre by acre compared to growing for seed markets alone.
In a previous article, the Coming Age of Abundance, we talked about technology, new materials, systems and designs coming into focus that are transforming our civilization. New technologies coming into the market are making an impact that is accelerating. These range in size and capacity, but will affect everyone on our planet. As prohibition collapses, new technology for hemp processing and innovations coming into the market will make it possible to use renewable, sustainable agriculture in a sustainable fashion. Capturing carbon with every product we manufacture is a key to a circular economy. We stand at the verge of a wholesale change in our global civilization. Progress in the cannabis supply chain is essential: industry requires a steady source of supply and producers require a steady stream of consumers who want a clean, green planet. This will drive the cannabis industry forward into the coming Age of Abundance.
Said, in high tide or in low tide ~Bob Marley
~Bruce Ryan • CannaSystems.ca
What a long strange trip it's been.
~Jerry Garcia - Grateful Dead
Going from a "good idea" to creating the "reality" is far more difficult than I had ever imagined. The ability to keep going, to never give up, to never stand down is absolutely essential. No matter what the world hands out, sheer determination is the key.
Rather than deciding that the journey is too difficult or the road is too tough.... relentless pursuit of the goal is the one factor that "makes it real". Nothing less will do. The road to success is littered with the dreams of those who fail. Being committed to the dream, failure is not an option. Doing what it takes, taking care of the next task, continuing onward in the face of adversity.... these are the qualities that separate dreams from dedication. It's one thing to have the idea of a Circular Economy ~ it's quite another to create the tools and technology to make it happen.
They say when you see a problem, find a solution. Peter Diamandis says, impact the lives of a billion people in a positive way. The goal here is transforming the way we, as a species, get our food, clothing, shelter, energy and everyday products from the petro-chemical industries to carbon-negative technologies. We all know
what the problem is: spewing countless tons of CO2 and pollutants into our environment. Time to transition into what Michio Kaku calls a "Type 1 Civilization" - one that gets our energy from the sun and uses natural sources for our basic needs. Mining asteroids for precious metals might also make sense to a Type 1 Civilization.
Next year is bringing more changes. After two decades, the government is relaxing the strict rules and crazy regulations around industrial hemp. Federal money is being spent to encourage the sector.... new technology has emerged that positions cannabis as the most valuable input in a Circular Economy. Manufacturing a vast array of products while capturing CO2 at the same time is just so, logical.
The industrial impetus to do this is clear and straightforward: from the farm to the factory.
Patronage & prohibition is being disguised as "legalization" in Canada. Government spin-control is the order of the day. The recent Discussion Paper tabled by the Liberal Party shows a very clear pattern of deception. Disingenuous, as my lawyer friends call it.
Hard core prohibitionists head up the Task Force. Bill Blair, ex-Chief of Police and Anne McLellan, ex-Minister of Justice. These are people who've been at the forefront of criminal sanctions, worse, preventing, delaying and denying court ordered changes to the law for well over a decade. The discussion paper is full of references to discredited studies, false assumptions and suspect ideas long since dismissed as drug war rhetoric. More propaganda based upon "experts" who are paid to protect their jobs.
No information on the numerous court rulings, Charter Rights violations and rampant corruption is found. There is no input from the cannabis sub-culture. Absent are peer-reviewd published studies which would provide a balanced perspective. Missing is the CONCLUSION from the Senate Report of 2002: Repeal Prohibition. http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/sen/committee/371/ille/rep/summary-e.pdf Instead, the entire "discussion paper" is an exercise in convincing the population that the government has considered the publics input. Unlike the Senate Report, there are no consultations with those governed: the entire cannabis community. This latest charade from the Liberal government is actually prohibition all dressed up as "legalization". It barely qualifies as decriminalization with the threat of criminal law to enforce the deception. Liberal insiders have already reaped millions playing the Marihuana Licenced Production Regulation game the Conservative government dreamed up. It does qualify as government fraud.
To make a short list:
1. A recent study at the University of British Columbia reveals that a mere 5% of cannabis gardens (grow-ops) are connected to organized crime.
2. Studies showing the effects of cannabis on teenagers have been widely discredited. The most widely published "study" was shown to be fraudulent with a vanishlingly small study group.
3. Peer-reviewed studies that demonstrate an increase in neurons are not referenced. Research on Alzheimers disease is not referenced. There are over 24,000 studies published.
4. Cannabis has the same toxicity index as water. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs and alcohol, an overdose is impossible. The harms are greatly exaggerated without supporting proof.
5. The Senate Report makes several recommendations: an age limit of 16+, restrictions on advertising, excluding big tobacco and alcohol corporations, keeping medical information relevant to patients and a small-business orientation with local outlets across the country.
"Prohibition is a failure of good governance." -Senate Report ©2002 "Prohibition creates corruption at all levels of government." U.N. Report ©1993
Violations of section 2, 7, 8 and 15 of the Charter of Rights & Freedoms continue unabated ~ in violation of the Constitution under the law. Police are arresting and charging citizens in record numbers with a 'crime' that has been struck down by the Courts as being "without force nor effect". The government is "of two minds" regarding the law, the Charter and the Constitution.
This not acceptable. It certainly isn't rational nor legal.
The entire cannabis community has been subjected to decades of arrests, prosecutions, prison sentences, robbery, coercion, beatings and murder.... by the government and their agents. Those afflicted by this failed social policy have no voice. The burden of criminal records and the discrimination that results are considered acceptable by these prohibitionists. They now wish to tax, regulate and control the entire (corrupt) process. This qualifies as taxation without representation. This entire charade will fail. Under prohibition, enforced by the heavy hand of the law, the "regulations" have failed. We, the People, have ignored these sanctions for years. We voted for Trudeau & the Liberal Party under the platform promise to legalize cannabis. This is not legalization - it is deception. We won't make the same mistake again.
Our sub-culture (approximately 15% of the population) will not comply with draconian rules, patronage, regulations and criminal sanctions designed to maintain prohibiton in disguise. This process is designed to crush the cannabis community under government domination. Cannabis is a natural herb, the Tree of Life, and deserves intelligent, enlightened political discourse... not more of the same failed policy.
Cannabis & the Circular Economy: toward a sustainable future. The key to industrial production is found in processing - separating the fiber from the core. We are bringing technology into the market. Eco-Canna.com
Cannabis agriculture, taken to industrial levels, has applications which reach into many other sectors of the economy. Massive amounts of stalk material are being used in cement mixtures to build houses: hempcrete. Roof shingles, carpets, drapes, plastics and more can all be manufactured from this one crop. Every home built would capture tons of CO2 for decades. The initial thesis presented around these ideas was published by Marc Deeley at University of Strathclyde in 2000. The Hemp Industries Association circulated the idea here via the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance in 2004. Estimates of carbon bio-mass sequestration were verified by the Manitoba Department of Agriculture in 2006. Later the idea was sent off to the Virgin Earth Challenge in 2007. Today in 2015, a mere 107,000 acres are cultivated in Canada. A drop in the bucket. Used as diesel fuel or processed into ethanol, cannabis production would skyrocket. Did someone mention pulp & paper and deforestation? Tip of the iceberg. Imagine. Fifteen years later we could be doing a global countdown as CO2 levels drop below 350ppm.
The wold has reached levels of 400ppm CO2 in our atmosphere. There is a rather direct way to reclaim the carbon ~ agriculture. Phytoremediation to be accurate. We are of the opinion that an ancient species: cannabis can reverse the trend of rising CO2.
Warriors of the Rainbow
The tasks of these "Warriors of the Rainbow" are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning "Mother Earth" to beauty and plenty - once more.
The day will come, it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to "harmony" with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our "Key to our Survival".
This is the story of the "Warriors of the Rainbow" and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day "Eyes of Fire" spoke of - will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task. The task of being one of the........ "Warriors of the Rainbow.
The Futures of Cannabis
The fall of prohibition 2.0 mirrors the fall of prohibition in the 1930's. Citizens had taken to the streets to protest the violence and criminal activity generated by prohibition on both sides. This trend was in direct response to police raids on illegal alcohol producers, social clubs and smugglers. As the hostilities escalated, "gangs" were formed and legends like Al Capone grew in power & influence. The program wasn't working. The people knew it and demanded change in "business as usual". Prohibition was a failure.
The corruption and violence associated with prohibition was taking its toll. First a couple of States 'legalized' alcohol. Then a few more. Finally Congress repealed prohibition. This exact same set of events is in motion today with one major difference. It has been the cannabis culture, the underground true believers who have championed this cause for decades. This sub-culture has proven & created "medical marijuana". It sure wasn't the chemical drug manufacturer's nor the doctors. Cannabis farmers have made (so-called) hemp 'legal' in Canada. Turns out that industrial cannabis crossed with medical cannabis produces a high CBD profile which controls epilepsy. Who knew? The ganja nation, that's who. The very people who have been relentlessly arrested, prosecuted and persecuted for generations.
This "failure of good governance" continues unabated in the cultural clash struggle for control over this entire issue. The major difference here is that cannabis has far greater potential than mere alcohol. Several interlocking invested interests do NOT want to see cannabis legalized nor decriminalized. Between the politicians, industrial prison complex, pharmaceutical cartels and bloated police budgets, there is plenty of incentive to continue the war of drugs at any cost. Prohibition is it's own reward. In fact, the 1993 UN report on the subject noted that, in reality, prohibition breeds corruption at ALL levels of government. Remember, more police & politicians went to prison after the fall of alcohol prohibition than did bootleggers. The salient facts are no longer hidden from view and then the real the truth comes out. The uncomfortable part of "the truth will set you free".
The 'green rush' to invest in this new industry is both interesting and alarming at the same time. What most people fail to comprehend is that this is not a "new" industry whatsoever. The cannabis culture is already here. We've always been here. We will always be here far into the future ~ regardless of prohibition or not. This part of the sub-culture values & mind set. Natural, organic, renewable, alternative, sustainable, agricultural ...values not associated with corporate ventures or global conglomerates. Consider that corporations growing cannabis is against the very recommendations made by the Senate Report ©2002. The committee suggested that the private citizens, those with the experience, be the producers rather than existing or new corporate entities. They also suggested thousands of producers and thousands of outlets across the country.
What is new though is the freedom to openly engage in the cannabis arena; to learn, develop, innovate, create, research and produce an ever increasing array of products from what I call the Tree of Life. The medical cannabis market comprises 2% of the population. Social cannabis market impacts perhaps 10% of citizens. Industrial cannabis development has the potential to dwarf both markets by a vast margin. The smart money is going there.
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Free copy of Never Plead Guilty - self defence for the cannabis community. We first published this book in 2007 inspired by a book by Paul Copeland published several years ago (before the Charter of Rights & Freedoms) called Don't Plead Guilty. It was good advice then. Today it is still good advice... that requires that you stand up for your rights.
Our community has suffered for decades under the "law". It is time to once again REPEAL PROHIBITION. To this end, after a few years of trial and tribulation, the shift in public opinion has changed. When 65% of the population favours "legalization", we can only agree. Now we are doing this. Prohibition began in Parliament. It must end there.
The purpose here is to give you the tools & information to avoid a criminal record. The effect of this is to protect you, your family, friends and your freedom. If every cannabis consumer in Canada refused to plead guilty, the court system would be totally overloaded. Under the Conservative government, the arrest rate has accelerated. Since 2006, under the Conservative regime some 475,000 people have been prosecuted for cannabis. We estimate that 741,000 were stopped, ripped off and/or arrested, This is a massive "failure of good governance" in the words of the Senate in 2002.
We encourage you to give this to your friends. We encourage you to send your friends here & sign up for our newsletter. As the site develops over the next few months, we'll let you know. We see some serious changes on the horizon. Join us in the repeal of prohibition 2.0
We are going to continue publishing works related to cannabis and global changes over the summer. Pass along all of these materials to your friends & associates. For us, this has been a serious undertaking.
A little history: the compassion club Section 56 was raided three times over a period of several months beginning on THE very day of the Supreme Court hearings regarding "recreational" cannabis May 3, 2003. I did not view that as an "accident" or a co-incidence. It was carefully planned by the police forces. The ensuing court case was very educational, to say the least.
The book Never Plead Guilty was written as a result. At first, none of the lawyers we knew would help us. Edwin Pearson, another Reverend of the Church, held two law degrees. One in Canada, the other in the United States. He agreed to help Brother Justin put the writing together and I set out to publish the work. Bless his soul. We printed a first run and took them to the Global Marijuana March events. We hope that some of them will help pass the word - so to speak. NPG was revised ©2012 and re-published on Amazon in print. You can get a printed copy there to give your best friend as a gift. Today, we've revised this for 2014 and it's being distributed on-line free to as many people as we can reach. We know that the "government" will arrest another 57,000 people this year. Imagine how many citizens have a criminal record over cannabis by now... a million? More? We also know that the "government" is now, officially, of three minds about the law. According to the principle of fundamental justice, under the Charter of Rights & Freedoms, the law must represent the will of the People. We do not consent.
Time to get up - stand up.
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