Monday, April 21, 2008

Message from M Yusuf Ali:
Dear Paul,

Wonderful thinking, but I request you for more information on Hemp.

As an unknown person in this world my question is: Would we get it easily (food) either by exploiting nature friendly way? or by applying artificial means? like GMO?. How much a man need? Who is destroying natural balance and bringing disaster?. I hope through this exchange of thinking we would find an escape road.

M Yusuf Ali

BARI, Gazipur



Dear Mr. Ali,

Thank you sincerely for your praise, consideration and interest in hemp farming. I have found Cannabis to be an exceptionally valuable, versatile and adaptable organic agricultural resource.

Hemp is a very easy plant to work with, both in its cultivation and in its many uses. To begin with hemp seed tastes good, so it is not hard to get people to try it. Foundational to the world's oldest global culture, respect for Cannabis is inseparable from its utility. As familiarity with the exceptional characteristics of hemp grows, so does gratitude for this gift to all mankind, and the global market is responding.

I feel that to pervert Cannabis agriculture by genetic manipulation or application of chemicals is as anti-ethical as it is counter-productive. Grown organically or biodynamically (Demeter in Europe) Cannabis is a valuable tool for improving soil fertility and structure, which has been damaged and depleted by chemical agriculture. Below there is a report from the Journal of Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology that makes a convincing case for the advantages of farming with biointensive methods.

Here are several references that convey a solid strategy for the redistribution of natural wealth, and a ray hope for our common future.

Hemp Industries Association

Hemp Oil Nutrutional Profile, MaryBeth Augustine, RD,CDN

Hemp: A New Crop with New Uses for North America*
Ernest Small and David Marcus

Bio-intensive Farming System: Economic
Transformation Achieved by the Farmers
Green Field, 2007, volume 5, issue 1
Journal of Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology
Pg 96

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Best wishes,

Paul von Hartmann
California Cannabis Ministry

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