Hemp: Mother Nature’s Environmental Scrub Brush The 420 Times Staff June 4, 2015 420 Times Exclusives, Exclusive Web Content, Featured, Growing, Hemp, In This Issue, Magazine StoriesFarming season is underway for much of the United States, and for the first time in decades farmers in a number of states throughout the country are in the process of hoeing rows for a crop that was unjustly outlawed for no more reason than to serve the elite’s financial agenda. We’re talking about the most miraculous plant genus known to all mankind, Cannabis Sativa L. aka hemp.Although there is ample historical documentation of hemp having been cultivated all across the world, the act of farming itself has only been in existence for approximately 10,000 years. And throughout most of that time period, hemp was as common and important of a crop for farmers to cultivate as corn or wheat would have been.But thanks to the abovementioned greed of the financially elite that led (and still leads, in all honesty) this country’s public officials around via their purse strings like brainless puppets, the crop that ironically in theory could have kept us from exhausting our planet’s natural resources at a pregnant pace and being so dependent on foreign oil supplies was prohibited from being farmed in the United States.And why is that exactly? All for the sole purpose of the rich becoming richer and maintaining their commanding position regarding the decisions composed by our country’s leaders.Hemp Fun Fact: Cannabis is the name given to the plant itself. Sativa simply means “sown”, and is used to signify the common or cultivated form of a plant. The “L.” refers to Carolus Linneaeus, the Swedish botanist who first gave this familiar yet illustrious herb its scientific classification way back in 1753.But regardless of the insatiability of the cream of the crop, from then and now, today’s citizens on a whole are better nourished (and better educated in regards to hemp and its many uses, for the most part) than those from the late 1930s era when hemp was originally forbidden and sustenance was scarce, which appears to have given them more strength and wherewithal in order to stand up against the seemingly fraudulent establishment that is our federal government.It’s these very acts of upheaval by the unremitting citizens of the United States (and all throughout the world for that matter) that refuse to be hoodwinked by those that were elected to serve us (not service the elite) that have slowly began to change the way our civil servants view hemp.And although the legalization of hemp on a national basis in the U.S. now seems to be anticipated, somewhat, bringing the cultivation and production of the amazing plant genus back into this country hasn’t been an easy row to hoe by any means. In fact, I’m quite convinced that if it weren’t for the ingenious that is the internet that we would still be living right where our beloved government officials apparently want us to remain, in the dark ages.But thanks to the invention of the World Wide Web and the aforementioned actions of the unrelenting general public, the stigma that has shrouded the hemp plant is slowly but surely being removed, and the process of reeducating the masses in regards to the plethora of advantageous attributes it offers all walks of life, including Mother Nature and her wildlife, is in progress.Fortunately, said reeducation process is helping hemp regain attention on an international basis and it is continually receiving praise for its seemingly infinite range of uses, including utilizing it as a production alternative for farmers on a small and large level, an assortment of options for the foodstuffs marketplace, and as an improved venture for businesses in general.But one of the most important qualities that the hemp plant has to offer all of mankind may perhaps be the least attractive from a business standpoint and therefore often overlooked, and that’s its ability to harmonize with the environment.And seeing as how we all have a reliance on the oceans remaining clean to hydrate ourselves (with exception of those at British Petroleum apparently), our farmlands to remain farmable to nourish us, and the oxygen supply that’s produced on this giant ball of molten material hurling through space at approximately 67,000 miles per hour to continue to stay breathable, you’d think we would be applying more prominence on the fact that hemp is a sustainable plant genus that not only presents a surplus of commercial and medicinal uses, but also has the capability to heal our ailing planet.As toxins recurrently pollute our air, waterways and soil, there’s a vital need to bring in a symbolic broom in order to make some type of an attempt to sweep up our environmental clutter and right the enormous wrong that the human race has allowed to go on for way too long. And the hemp plant could quite plausibly be that proverbial broom.It seems that we humans truly love to drain the orbiting rock we collectively call home just short of all its natural resources, as if there’s some magical reset button that can be hit once they’ve been completely exhausted.So, could the cultivation of hemp on an international basis be the solution to helping the human race coexist with the very surroundings that sustain life on this planet?Well, it is highly plausible, especially when you take into consideration the fact that not only can the by-product from processed hemp be used to make bio-fuels to power our dearly loved modes of transport, but simply cultivating crops of this extraordinary plant on land that has been contaminated with toxins that are potentially harmful to all walks of life will eventually rid it of its pollutants.It’s a process referred to as phytoremediation, which simply means to use plants to clean the soil.What a novel idea, to use a renewable resource that could easily be grown in great quantities practically anywhere in the world in order to provide a sustainable source of energy, a healthy, balanced form of sustenance, and an assortment of commercial and medicinal uses all while cleaning up the noxious clutter we’ve been sweeping under the proverbial rug for the past several decades.Is hemp the answer? At the rate we’re going, it’s an undertaking the world’s populace can’t afford to ignore any longer.“Be the change” and do your part to help legalize hemp aka Mother Nature’s scrub brush on an international scale.