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The Hemp News Update
Volume V, Number 4
September 16, 2010
Dear Reader,

A couple of weeks ago we announced The Vote Hemp Guide to Hemp Activism, A Concise Guide to Citizen Lobbying on the Hemp Issue. This eleven page guide will give you the information and tools that you need to confidently and effectively ask your elected representatives to support legislation that will lift the current ban on hemp farming in the U.S. The Vote Hemp lobbying page has more information and you can download a PDF copy of this guide.

We have another co-sponsor for H.R. 1866, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009." Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine's first district signed on a few days ago. If you live in her district, please send an email to Rep. Pingree and let her know that you support her pro-hemp stance. I used some of the techniques in The Vote Hemp Guide to Hemp Activism during the August recess to gain her support. You can do it, too!

Another part of of our strategy this year was the Hemp History Week postcard campaign to get the attention of Attorney General Eric Holder. Volunteers from across the country spread the cards far and wide, getting physical support for our cause and introducing thousands of new people to the issue. We collected as many signed postcards as we could, packed them in boxes, addressed them to the Department of Justice and included a cover letter. If you were not able to sign a postcard in person you may send a virtual postcard to President Obama and Attorney General Holder using our letter writing tool.

Remember that there is an election coming up in November, so please register to vote.

Please make a contribution to Vote Hemp today to help us continue fixing the situation here in the U.S.

We need and truly appreciate your support!

Best Regards,

Tom Murphy
Hemp News Update Editor
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Hemp News Update Stories
Hemp Shorts:
Trying to Demystify the Crop That's Not Marijuana
Helping Hemp (foods) Help Humanity
Hemp Homes Are Cutting Edge of Green Building
Hemp Shorts:
YouTube - Hemp cutter designed and built by Stephen Eyles
YouTube - Hemp cutter designed and built by Stephen Eyles

Norfolk Engineer Builds Speedy Hemp Harvester
West Norfolk engineer Stephen Eyles has developed a high-capacity multi-bladed hemp harvester capable of cutting at high speeds.

Avrio Ventures Reinvests in Manitoba Harvest
Hemp food company secures an additional working capital investment.

Wheat Straw Future for Auto Parts
Ford researchers are also experimenting with materials such as wood fiber, purified cellulose fiber, hemp and coconut coir for injection molding applications.

Hemp Partnering Boosts Green Building Benefits
The District of 100 Mile House and The Alternate Village at the University of Manitoba (U of M) announce industrial hemp partnership.
Trying to Demystify the Crop That's Not Marijuana
Reuben Stone - Stone Farms
Reuben Stone of Stone Farms. Photo credit: The Daily Observer.

By Tina Peplinskie
The Daily Observer
August 28, 2010

Laurentian Valley, Ontario - In only his second hemp-growing season, a local farmer and entrepreneur has more than doubled the size of his crop.

Reuben Stone of Stone Farms and Valley Bio Ltd., located on Ross Road in Laurentian Valley, recently held his first open house to help educate the public and demystify hemp, which is often associated with marijuana. He was pleased with the turnout for the open house, which attracted families from across Renfrew County, Ottawa, Smiths Falls and Chesterville. Those in attendance were able to touch, feel and smell the hemp, take a self-guided tour for the field while reading some facts about hemp and taste some of the products.

"This isn't marijuana, it is a different crop," he stressed. "This is a crop that attracts a lot of attention.

Helping Hemp (foods) Help Humanity
Nutiva Shelled Hempseed
By John Dvorak
Alternet
September 7, 2010

Nowadays, everyone is trying to live healthier.  Getting more exercise,  eating more fruits & vegetables, consuming less (or no) meat and understanding "good fats" and "bad fats" is a growing national trend.  With the public's realization that healthy eating results in a higher quality of life, hemp is being cast as a "superfood" that contains many beneficial components.

Hemp foods are naturally high in protein, fiber, amino acids and essential fatty acids (the "good fats"), but they will not get you high.  Manufacturers ensure that hemp foods contain minimal amounts of THC, so you cannot fail a drug test from eating hemp. Hemp seeds contain several vital minerals including phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.  They are also a source of Vitamin E and carotene, a pre-cursor form of Vitamin A.   So, it is obvious even to the oblivious that hemp seed is one of the most complete sources of nutrition known.  This makes the lore of Buddha subsisting on hemp seed a little less apocryphal.

Hemp Homes Are Cutting Edge of Green Building
Hemp House - Asheville, NC
Hemp House - Asheville, NC
Photo credit: John C. Fletcher, USA TODAY.

USA TODAY
September 12, 2010

Hemp is turning a new leaf. The plant fiber, used to make the sails that took Christopher Columbus' ships to the New World, is now a building material.

In Asheville, N.C., a home built with thick hemp walls was completed this summer and two more are in the works.

Dozens of hemp homes have been built in Europe in the past two decades, but they're new to the United States, says David Madera, co-founder of Hemp Technologies, a company that supplied the mixture of ground-up hemp stalks, lime and water.

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