My hopes of finding blog material in today’s Independent were dashed. Tynwald unanimously decided to impose the VAT increase on petrol to be charged in the UK as of 2012. It may seem like a small increase which will generate six figure income for the government but I suspect this could cause hardship to many, especially smaller, businesses. It will also cause an increase in inflation.
The US attempts to control every oil source it can get its hands on and we are led to believe that nothing else is comparable to this natural resource. It seems to me that the world follows this mantra and we are effectively held to ransom – you can’t cope without oil and petrol. Of course in the above case it has nothing to do with oil companies – we can tighten the thumbscrews ourselves.
But supposing there was an alternative? Even if this only supplied a part of the energy demands – wouldn’t that still be worth having? How about a natural, fast-growing source of fuel that the US doesn’t have? (Please read on to discover why). Imagine for a moment if our farmers could provide us with the raw materials to produce fuel, medicines, construction materials, molded plastics, textiles, live-stock feed as well as a highly-nutritional food source (‘The most complete food source in the world’). Indeed it seems that Henry Ford never intended his motor vehicles to run on petrol. In fact the original cars were built to run on hemp oil and were built from hemp!
Hemp is a traditional plant that has been in use for thousands of years. Ancient Rome didn’t collapse because of hemp use! So why is the cultivation of industrial hemp (it seems you would need a joint the size of a telegraph pole to get high on the industrial version) now banned in the US? It removes the dependence on petroleum oil based products.
This article outlines the history and uses of industrial hemp:
Some US politicians can see the enormous advantages of growing this plant and are urging others to permit the cultivation of it:
Some may say that this could never work – without even conducting research. But the question is: Is the same old situation working for us ? Or are we becoming more and more dependent on imported materials and ignoring a possible source of sustainable and locally produced material?