"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:
WTC TOXIC MATERIAL LIST FROM NRDC REPORT
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.
Heroic hemp activist Willie Nelson , artist and partner in a biofuels company BIOWILLIE, says as part of his Peace Research Institute, “NO WAR REQUIRED.”
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.
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.
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.
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.