TAKE ACTION to lift prohibition on Hemp farming in the USA
Plant Kingdom is legally barred from contracting with a local farmer to grow Hemp seeds. We serve one of nature's healthiest sources of protein & omega fats, a source that is domestically illegal to produce. This acute instance of discrimination and oppression is remarkably antithetical to human survival in our supposedly free country.
We've put together this wonderful Sign-on letter that's been sent to Federal officials and local Congresswomen Betty Sutton & Marcia Fudge. We're looking for more agricultural sector folks, business, and non-profit folks to sign on. Please fwd to interested contacts!!
Incorporate this GREAT LANGUAGE into your personal letters to Congress reps, when you ask them to co-sponsor HR 1831, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.
Use this link to www.votehemp.com to send a message to your rep NOW http://capwiz.com/votehemp/issues/alert/?alertid=46263501
Dear President Obama and Attorney General Holder,
Re: Ohioans invested in the agricultural economy support a federal policy to PERMIT INDUSTRIAL HEMP FARMING
Our era demands leadership on health, agriculture, and economic issues, and greater stewardship of natural resources. Therefore, we oppose discrimination against a certain renewable resource - Industrial Hemp. By incorrectly designating Industrial Hemp as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, federal rules enforced by the Drug Enforcement Agency suppress hemp farming and are at-odds with our interest in relying on local farm products. In reality, no plant-matter from an Industrial Hemp field can be used for drug or illicit purposes. The crop, as grown in over 30 foreign nations currently supplying Hempseed and fiber materials to the American market, produces .03% THC or less.
We ask you to please address the demands of the majority of leading farm organizations including the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) that have urged federal bureaucrats to “collaboratively develop and adopt an official definition of Industrial Hemp that comports with definitions currently used by countries producing Hemp” (NASDA) and call for “federal rules and regulations authorizing commercial production of industrial hemp” (NASDA). Policy passed in 2010 by the NFU also “urges the President, Atty. General, and Congress to instruct the US DEA to differentiate between industrial hemp and marijuana, and to adopt a policy to allow American farmers to grow industrial hemp under state law without requiring DEA licenses”
In addition to the NFU & NASDA, the nation’s oldest agricultural organization, the National Grange “supports research, production, processing, and marketing of industrial hemp as a viable agricultural activity”
Background: Hemp products comprise a fast growing industry. Hemp is used in sustainable consumer products such as nutritious food, textile, and body care products, as well as innovative applications including biodegradable plastics, low-carbon building materials, bio-composite auto parts, and as a feedstock for biofuel. Despite the overwhelming support from farm communities, pro-hemp legislation on the books in 16 states, and strong voter support, farmers in the U.S. are still barred by the federal law from cultivating this agricultural commodity.
Jeremy Koosed, Baker & owner of Plant Kingdom Bakery, LLC, Ohio-proud partner. www.plantkingdombakery.com
Buckeye Forest Council www.buckeyeforestcouncil.org
Stefanie Penn Spear, Editor at EcoWatch - www.ecowatch.org
Lance Schmidt, President (2010) of the Summit County Home Builders Association.
Environmental Akron, University of Akron student organization
Julie Costell, Restaurant owner @ Ms Julies Kitchen 1809 S main in Akron
Breakneck Acres, Ravenna OH Farm producing Staple Grains
Dave Benchoff, OEFFA Certified Organic Farmer in Ashland County, OH
Debbie Moskowitz, Owner, Cinnamon is Good for you Truffles, www.cinnamonisgoodforyou.com
Mona Hirst, owner, Mona Lisa Salon and Spa, Mayfield Hts Ohio
OM Valley Permaculture, operator Braden Trauth. Cincinnati OH. www.OMValleypermaculture.com
Sharon D'Agostino, owner Isadora's Farm. OEFFA Certified organic farm in Ligonier, PA
Kevin Leamer, Farming Land Owner with Por-Bar Farm of Homerville, OHio
Julie Hutchison, owner Root Café in Lakewood, Ohio