Sunday, 11 March 2012
Here is some old technology developed by Ford (bio-degradable plastic STRONGER than steel):
We can literally makes houses, cars and planes made of weed! Imagine how much cheaper it would be to be able to grow our cars and planes. Plus, there may even be a way to replace every metal in an object, such as a plane, so electrical storms won't be able to affect the circuitry or the lives of the pilots/passengers. [not too sure on this, a bit behind on my bio-science]
This isn't just for people with arable farmland. Hemp is literally a weed. That means it grows like a weed as well.
So the amount of work that would be needed for a productive crop would be less than that needed for crops that are NOT weeds.
You have seen what damage a tornado or hurricane can do to a house made of wood (well, in the States they use a sort of light wood mix of something or the other - it is so light that if you walk through one of their mass produced houses you can feel wooden boards in the house creek and walls shake with your footsteps). Most houses are built to be cost effective and then insurance is expected to cover expected statistical damages in times of good weather or bad weather (a cycle which tends to go up and down, [see the graphs/actuary tables]). Hemp/low THC marijuana, is easy AND fast to grow. The best part is you can make a plastic lighter and stronger than steel. If you made a properly secured house of proper building materials, a tree hitting the house will simply fall down after hitting it. And depending of the level of strength of the house, most tornados and hurricanes will have no effect.
Imagine hemp made storm and tornado shelters made of hemp plastic that is stronger than steel.
And here is a modern reinvention of some ancient technology (ancient temples used hemp mortar!):
Some ancient bio-technology for a new age...
Some materials have been around so long, and seem to have appeared on the world scene so suddenly, that you have to be open to the possibility that they may have been cultivated and used a long time ago (i.e. before recorded history). In particular I'm talking about that plant that got a bad name because of a slander campaign by an ancient american logging company. Here is a little about hemp (the marijuana plant) from a textile type website:The first use of hemp fibre dates well back into the mists of time and is one of the first plants known to have been cultivated. About 10,000 years ago, hemp industries appeared simultaneously in China and Eurasia for the production of a textile fibre. One of the oldest known relics of human industry is a trace of hemp fabric from about 8000BC in the “Cradle of Civilisation” at Catal Huyuk (Ancient Mesopotamia).Hemp has played a vital role for humanity for many thousands of years, supplying the worlds strongest natural fibre, used for rope, clothing, sail cloth, and many other uses including being a vital food source - the seed oil is very high in the nutritionally valuable omega 3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).The United States of America’s founding fathers were strong advocates of a hemp-based economy for their new country. In fact, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were hemp farmers. In 1871 Thomas Jefferson said, “Hemp is of first necessity to commerce and marine”. In other words, to the wealth and protection of the country, today few people realise that hemp was once so vital to world commerce.The first two drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper, as were most of the books of the time. The first Levi’s were constructed of recycled hemp sailcloth for the California '49ers with steel rivets so that the pockets would not rip when filled with gold. Many famous artists such as Van Gogh also painted some of their greatest works on hemp canvas.
Industrial hemp is cultivated to minimize the THC.
A pretty good article on hemp/marijuana and its uses is located here. The following are a few random extracts:
One important potential use for hemp is the production of paper. From 75 to 90 percent of all paper in the world was made with hemp fiber until 1883: the Gutenberg bible (15th century), Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (19th century) and just about everything in between was printed on hemp paper.An acre of hemp produces 4.1 times as much paper as an acre of trees. Hemp can also be harvested every year while trees take 20 years or more to grow to harvest. Since hemp builds topsoil, it can be grown on the same acre of land year after year. Many acres of forest could be saved by industrial cultivation of hemp for paper alone.Practical, inexpensive fire-resistant construction material, with excellent thermal and sound-insulating qualities, can be made by heating and compressing plant fibers to create strong construction paneling. This paneling could replace dry wall and plywood. Hemp is a logical choice for such a purpose. C&S Specialty Builder's Supply near Eugene, Oregon, in conjunction with Washington State University, has demonstrated the superior strength flexibility and economy of hemp composite building materials compared to wood fiber - even in the production of beams.On another front, using hemp as a biomass fuel could eliminate our dependence on imported fossil fuels. A study completed in the early l990s at the University of Hawaii found that biomass gasification could meet 90 percent of that state's energy needs. Biomass can be converted into virtually every form of energy used, including methanol to power automobiles. Since methanol is a cleaner fuel than petro-based fuels, this would lead to reduced auto emissions.According to the UNICEF report State of the World's Children, a child dies every 2.3 seconds as a result of malnutrition. According to the Institute for Food and Development Policy, twenty million children die of malnutrition every year. These numbers are staggering, and are on the rise. Here again, hemp can come to the rescue.When hemp is grown for seed, half the weight of the mature, harvested female plant is seed! Hemp is also a hearty plant that flourishes in almost all climates and in marginal soils. This means it could be grown in poor countries to provide food where it is most needed. Australians survived two prolonged famines in the 19th century using almost nothing except hemp seeds for protein and hemp leaves for roughage.No other single plant source can compare with the nutritional value of hemp seeds. Both the complete protein and essential oils contained in hemp seeds are in ideal ratios for human nutrition.Hemp is a disease-resistant weed and grows easily compared to other crops. Food crops are disrupted by drought but hemp actually helps soils alleviate droughts. It sets the standard in retaining topsoil and re-foliating arid land. Hemp can also be used for the production of cloth spun from its fiber. Hemp cloth is softer, warmer, more water absorbent, stronger and more durable than cotton. The well-known clothing manufacturer Patagonia has found that hemp has eight times the tensile strength and has four times the durability of cotton. The possibilities represented by hemp cultivation are tantalizing: reduce or eliminate deforestation, free us from dependence on fossil fuel and their damaging by-products, and provide a positive impact on chronic world hunger.
Marijuana can be used as medicine by "Juicing", that doesn't involve THC (i.e. getting high) - PLUS all of this can be done without the version of the plant with the levels of THC that can make a person high
Another non-THC Marijuana solution
Tikun Olam's research and development manager, Zach Klein, lists the categories of patients who can benefit from the new product.
"The new strains are really good for three populations - people who work, old people - because they are sensitive to THC - and also children, as we want to touch those receptors in their brains as little as possible," he says.
David Sabach, 12, suffers from cancer but has just been out playing with friends when I visit his family's apartment in central Israel.
He shows me pictures of how he looked two years ago. He had lost his hair from chemotherapy treatment and was half his current weight.
A doctor recently prescribed David the CBD-enriched cannabis. It is delivered in the form of chocolate, cookies or cakes.Breeding has removed most of the psychoactive properties in the plant
"I used to take morphine for pain and it would help for just a couple of minutes," he tells me.
"When I take the cannabis it helps me all day. I feel much better. I can finally walk without crying from the pain in my legs."
Medical marijuana has been used in Israel since the 1990s.
More than 10,000 Israelis take it to treat a range of illnesses from cancer, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis to Tourette's syndrome.
Many believe it is the combination of THC and CBD in regular cannabis that is most beneficial. THC has its own medicinal effects.
"It shouldn't be changed. This is nature's medicine and it's been used for thousands of years," says a 52-year-old cancer patient from Tel Aviv who does not want to be identified.
He had a stomach tumour removed five months ago and smokes cannabis while undergoing chemotherapy.
"Mostly it helps with pain reduction. The second thing is the desire to eat. The body without fuel cannot fight and one of the wonderful things about marijuana is that it causes "munchies", and "munchies" for people during chemotherapy is a blessing."
The exact properties of the dozens of cannabinoids contained in cannabis and their interactions are still being studied.
International pharmaceutical companies are experimenting with the ratio, and developing synthetic versions, to use as medicines.
However, growers say traditional horticultural techniques also have potential to create tailor-made cannabis for different conditions.
The new "high-free" Israeli version could also challenge the ban on medical uses of cannabis currently enforced in many countries.
How to easily create arable land for hemp:
[Extract] Vertical farms
(which can also be made to go underground and blend with the landscape - which is a better idea, in my opinion, except for cities of countries like Bangladesh)...
By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth's population will reside in urban centers. Applying the most conservative estimates to current demographic trends, the human population will increase by about 3 billion people during the interim. An estimated 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by the country of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today. At present, throughout the world, over 80% of the land that is suitable for raising crops is in use (sources: FAO and NASA). Historically, some 15% of that has been laid waste by poor management practices. What can be done to avoid this impending disaster?
A Potential Solution: Farm Vertically
Abandoned Food Factory to be Transformed into Chicago’s First Zero-Energy Vertical Farm!
The world's first commercial vertical farm is now up and running in Singapore! http://bit.ly/XvaOoD
For Clean Water
Contaminated water can be cleaned much more effectively using a novel, cheap material, say researchers.
Dubbed "super sand", it could become a low-cost way to purify water in the developing world.
The technology involves coating grains of sand in an oxide of a widely available material called graphite - commonly used as lead in pencils.
The team describes the work in the American Chemical Society journal Applied Materials and Interfaces.
In many countries around the world, access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities is still limited.
The World Health Organization states that "just 60% of the population in Sub-Saharan African and 50% of the population in Oceania [islands in the tropical Pacific Ocean] use improved sources of drinking-water."
The graphite-coated sand grains might be a solution - especially as people have already used sand to purify water since ancient times.
Basic water filtration....