Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Hemp, Chernobyl & World Trade Center Illness

Hemphasis reports:

"Hemp plants can even pull nuclear toxins from the soil. In fact hemp was planted near and around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to pull radioactive elements from the ground. The process is called phyto-remediation, which means using plants (phyto) to clean up polluted sites. Phyto-remediation can be used to remove nuclear elements, and to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, crude oil, and other toxins from landfills. Hemp breaks down pollutants and stabilizes metal contaminants by acting as a filter. Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants found."

Below are excerpts from an article that came out almost ten years ago:

"Hemp "Eats" Chernobyl Waste, Offers Hope For Hanford

Winter 1998-99 - by Elaine Charkowski Central Oregon Green Pages

An explosion at a nuclear reactor on April 26th, 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine created the world's worst nuclear disaster - so far. The blast heavily contaminated agricultural lands in a 30 km radius around the reactor. The few people still living there must monitor their food and water for radiation.

However the combination of a new technology (phytoremediation) and an old crop (industrial hemp) may offer the Ukraine a way to decontaminate it's radioactive soil. In 1998, Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP), PHYTOTECH, and the Ukraine's Institute of Bast Crops began what may be one of the most important projects in history - the planting of industrial hemp for the removal of contaminants in the soil near Chernobyl. "

"Founded in 1931, the Institute of Bast Crops is now the leading research institution in the Ukraine working on seed-breeding, seed-growing, cultivating, harvesting and processing hemp and flax. The Bast Institute has a genetic bank including 400 varieties of hemp from various regions of the world."

"Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants we have been able to find," said Slavik Dushenkov, a research scientist with PHYTOTECH. Test results have been promising and CGP, PHYOTECH and the Bast Institute plan full scale trials in the Chernobyl region in the spring of 1999."

"Chernobyl may seem distant, but the EPA estimates that there are more than 30,000 sites requiring hazardous waste treatment throughout the U.S. including Hanford and Three Mile Island. Phytoremediation with industrial hemp could be used at many of these sites. Unfortunately, the U.S. government refuses to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp and clings to the obsolete myth that it is a drug. "


Here's the short list of what folks who breathed the dust from the WTC were exposed to:


Item - Amount
Building Materials - 1.2 million tons
Jet Fuel - thousands of gallons
Mercury from computers and light bulbs
Asbestos - 300-400 Tons
Concrete - 424,000 Tons
Fiberglass Lead from 50,000 Personal Computers - (4 lbs. ea.) - 200,000 lbs
Main Frame Computers - 300
Wire and cables
Hundreds of milesTransformer Oil contaminated with PCB's - 130,000 gallons

From Plastics (still looking for amounts)
Furans polybrominated diphenyl ethers
Small hazardous waste generating entities

These and other materials were pulverized into the air, buildings and land. Folks drank the dust as it settled on their water, food and materials.
The same way hemp was used to remove the toxins from Chernobyl, hemp should be used to clean up toxic sites, i.e. the remaining dust from the exploded World Trade Center 1, 2 and 7 and the "more than 30,000 sites requiring hazardous waste treatment throughout the U.S. including Hanford and Three Mile Island."

Why hemp?
When the problem is too many toxins in an environment, the solution is to safely and quickly remove the toxins. Hemp is a biomass champion that removes environmental toxins and aerates the soil up to six feet into the earth as it grows.

Heroic hemp activist Willie Nelson , artist and partner in a biofuels company BIOWILLIE, says as part of his Peace Research Institute, “NO WAR REQUIRED.”
Hemp is a peaceful solution to the problem of World Trade Center Illness that can be implemented without the drama of a war on anything. Rather than go to war over 9/11 (we were not attacked by another nation) we should use hemp to remove toxins from the environment and bring those responsible to justice.
In Richard M. Davis of the USA Hemp Museum’s book, HEMP FOR VICTORY: A GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTION, he writes extensively about how hemp scrubs the air of excess CO2 as it grows and burns clean as biofuel. Based on the Chernobyl use of hemp to remove nuclear waste, we need to incorporate hemp into an effective environmental stewardship strategy. The same can happen to the toxins in the tri state area.

It would be smart to use hemp to help solve the problem of World Trade Center Illness. Hemp is an effective medicine that reduces stress and shrinks tumors. Hemp also to pull toxins from the soil and air.
What to do?
The mayor of New York seems to be a good person at heart. Help him see how the needs of the People to clean up the toxins is more important than government policy that makes toxic energy legal and nature's hemp plant illegal.

The annual World Wide Million Marijuana March is happening the first weekend in May. Please attend if you can wherever you are. It's going to take a movement of change to restore common sense to our shattered government policy.

New York City has a gem of a man in Dana Beal, founder of Cures Not Wars . I'm sure Dana and his crew know the best places in NY to plant hemp to remove the toxins from not only the WTC, but other superfund sites, designated or not, like the five open sewers around Harlem, one with the best park in the neighborhood on top of a sewer, Riverbank.

We are dealing with soil contamination. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut should be planting hemp on a large scale to help clean the area. Overgrow the area. Other cities with potential nuclear waste problems impacting on cancer rates, like Las Vegas, NV, should be growing hemp too.

Hemp as a tool to deal with nuclear waste should be looked into as it may prove a better solution than moving it all to Yucca Mountain, that's on an earthquake fault line.

Davis is proposing that we reinstitute the old HEMP FOR VICTORY program and apply hemp to many of the problems we are dealing with, including superfund toxic sites. If we just use 10-20% of unused federal land to restore the family farm and grow hemp, we can remove many of the toxins at cause for the cancers and other health problems we are dealing with.

Burst past the divide and conquer lie of industrial/medical/leisure/religious hemp. Last time I checked medicine, leisure and religion were industries too. It's all industrial. The only real difference is the amount of THC in the plant.
Use hemp to fix our economy by providing economic opportunities for prospering. Let hemp's 50,000 plus products be a positive shot in the arm for the world's economy, including Americas. We get blessed by blessing.

We have been legislated to death, lied to, and it is up to We The People to reinstitute common sense into the governing process. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were hemp farmers. It’s time to restore legal status to nature.

My site on the subject of World Trade Center Illness is posted. My page on medical hemp and World Trade Center Illness is up also. For more information on hemp's life supporting and empowering properties, please visit the USA Hemp Museum, a private museum with a virtual wing and other qualified hemp resources.

If you have any information to share, please post it here. This is an idea in process and fine tuning I'm sure will come.

Together, we are overcoming now.

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