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"Many politicians argue that people ought not to be free until they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water until he'd learned to swim."
Tomas Babington Macaulay
"The smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health."
The Lancet, Editorial Deglamorising Cannabis
"Prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places and does not cure or even diminish it."
Mark Twain

Hemp, the Remedy

By R.E.M.E.D.Y

Recently we, the direcotrs of R.E.M.E.D.Y have become aware of the major crisis threatening all life on planet Earth through the breakdown of the Earths Mountain Environments.

Using Ganja/Bhang/Hemp (all recognized names of the same cannabis family), as the pioneer plant throughout Himalaya, where it grows abundantly, given half a chance, it is possible to re-introduce all the other indigenous plants local to the specific geographical areas and so reforest the Mountains.

One year after planting the Bhang on a large scale, one would be able to re-introduce the other local forest plants and trees, so re-establishing the Mountain Forests.

After two years, one would be able to harvest a large amount of the Bhang for it’s medicinal, food and biomass properties, while also leaving huge amounts growing, to maintain the root structure holding the top soils together, provide fresh top soil and protect baby plants, which will become the living healthy forest within about ten years. These would naturally be young forests but able to support numerous beings and generations throughout time.

As the years pass and more Ganja is planted and the trees become stronger and able to hold their grip on the mountains, then more of the Bhang could be harvested and more cottage industries working with Gandhi’s ideas of co-operatives could be set up.

There is a great demand for Bhang/Hemp goods in the Western World. Most important is the bringing of environmental health back to the local areas and to the entire mountain regions of Himalaya and the World. Also the mass planting of Ganja is probably the best way to help end world hunger and to restore local environments and economies. Also without it, it appears that the entire Earths Eco-system is in danger of total collapse within fifty years.

Much of the information can be found on the world web and much is contained within the rich Indian culture. For thousands of years the ancestors have known of its vast Spiritual, medicinal and agricultural properties. The Western world has been operating in ignorance and greed as it has tried to gain a monopoly on Bhang and make it illegal throughout the world.

This insight of using Ganja to reforest the Mountains, save the Nature of Earth and so everyone’s descendants and also to deal with immediate serious environmental crisis is too great an argument for the U.N to dispute.

The Breakdown Of The Earths Eco System
This major crisis threatens the lives of all beings and future generations. The United Nations and many others have become aware that this breakdown is happening much faster than previously imagined or forecast and that unless measures relating to sustainable development are put in to action and implemented fast, then this breakdown is inevitable.

The United Nations named 2002 “The Year of the Mountains” and many groups have been and are still meeting to look at what can be done to restore the Mountain Eco Systems.

This reflects the deep recognition of the fragile balance and critical states of the Mountain Environments as stated in Agenda 21, which was agreed upon by world governments in 1989. The situation has become much worst since then.

(Agenda 21, 13.1) Mountains are an important source of water, energy and biological diversity. As a major Ecosystem representing the complex and interrelated ecology of our planet, Mountain Environments are essential to the survival of the global Ecosystem. Most global Mountain areas are experiencing Environmental degradation.

Hence, the proper management of Mountain Resources and Re-forestation needs immediate attention.

Agenda 21, 13.2) “About ten percent of the worlds population depends directly on mountain resources and a much larger percentage draws on mountain resources, including and especially water. Mountains are a store house of biological diversity and endangered species.”

(Agenda 21, 13.4) “Mountains are highly vulnerable to human and ecological imbalance. Mountains are the areas most sensitive to all climatic changes in the atmosphere.”

At the most recent Earth Summit in Johannesburg 2002 countries involved, along with the United Nations agreed upon a plan of implementation in which they state:

(POI 40) “Mountain ecosystems are particularly fragile and vulnerable to the adverse effects of climatic change and need specific attention. Actions at all levels are required.”

(POI 125) “The General Assembly of the United Nations should adopt sustainable development as a key element of the overarching framework for United Nations activities, particularly for achieving the internationally agreed upon development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, and should give overall political direction to the implementation of Agenda 21 and its review.”

(POI 23) “Human activities are having an increasing impact on the integrity of ecosystems that provide essential resources and services for human well –being and economic activities.

Managing the natural resources base in a sustainable and integrated manner is essential for sustainable development. In this regard, to reverse the current trend in natural resource degradation as soon as possible, it is necessary to implement strategies to protect ecosystems.”

(Principle 4) “In order to achieve sustainable development, environmental protection shall constitute an integral part of the development process and cannot be considered in isolation from it.”

(Principle 7) “States shall cooperate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth’s ecosystem.”

(Principle 1) “Human Beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with Nature.”

How can we effectively go about this urgent task and restore balance, after we have so seriously eroded the Mountains through deforestation? It is obvious that we need to reforest them but how, when the rains are constantly washing the topsoil away? The Mountains need re-foresting urgently and on a huge scale from the Himalayas to the Andes. It can still be done if we take action soon:

A Natural Earth Remedy for Restoring the Forests to the Mountains
There is one particularly effective pioneer plant that is capable of helping us solve these problems. This plant is indigenous to most of the Mountain regions of the World and is capable of providing all that is needed for re-establishing the Mountain forests with minimum effort on the part of humans, as it grows wild like the nettle family and only needs relatively little help for it to establish itself.

This plant puts down a root 10 to 12 inches in only thirty days, providing a strong, fibrous, water retentive web, which holds the soil together and which gives an underground structure for the other plants and trees to hold on to while they grow and establish a strong root system of their own.

Shelter from sun and rain and wind is provided for the other plants by it’s incredible leaf structure, as well as compost and new topsoil. Within months much devastation caused by soil erosion on mountains would be halted and the lives of millions saved.

This plant puts nitrogen back into the soil and provides more oxygen than any other single plant, so oxygenating the whole area and helping the biosphere.

Within one year of planting this plant the other plants indigenous to the locality could be reintroduced and achieve a high growth success rate as it grows happily with a wide range of other plants and they with it.

In all these ways and more, it provides a perfect nursery bed for all the other indigenous plants needed, to restore the mountain ecosystems of the World to balance and abundance.

This plant is necessary for us to be able to seriously consider the reforestation of the Mountains and hence, sustainable development on a global scale as a real possibility. Apart from all of this, this plant supplies the materials we need for medicines, paper, cloth, oil, plastics, rope, and many other commodities and could be an ever-growing resource, rather than a dwindling one.

New cottage industries could easily spring up using it, providing economic renewal to impoverished communities. This plant supplies so much more and much research has been done on its wide variation of possibility, including research done by Henry Ford in the 1930’s, when a car was built from and powered by it.

What is this plant that is so important to us for the survival of our species and all other endangered species on Earth and why aren’t we planting it rapidly? This plant is the entire hemp family also known as cannabis hemp and true hemp.

The reason that we are not growing it liberally for all its vast benefits is that it was globally criminalized and made illegal by the United Nations. Because of this it has become very difficult for countries to get on with the mass cultivation needed. Due to these laws and agreements, which all countries in the United Nations had to sign, large amounts of hemp, previously growing on mountains was destroyed and the soil previously held together by it was washed away.Hence in the 1960’s we saw the awful situation, which happened in Bangladesh.

Similar situations that do not necessarily get mass media coverage have been and are still happening throughout the Worlds Mountain regions. Along with this and huge deforestation through clear cutting we find that areas that used to lose 0.03 tons of soil per hectare each year now lose as much as 90 tons per hectare.

Whatever the reasons then for laws against the growing of hemp, they are no longer tenable or reasonable in the light of the environmental catastrophes we are facing now, which could be largely averted by the mass growing of it on the worlds’ Mountains.

If this plant were planted in spring throughout the Himalayas, then the lives of millions, which would be lost in the monsoon times due to flooding and from water contaminated diseases, would be saved. Future forests that would be washed away and all the lives dependent upon them would also be saved.

The mass planting and growing of this plant on Earths Mountains would alter the oxygen levels throughout the world and save the lives of many presently suffering from all sorts of respiratory illnesses. It would also help rebalance the weather cycles related to clouds, rain and drought within months of it being mass planted. How much difference would this make to human life and National economies? Help is at hand! Hemp is at hand!

Are these reasons not enough cause to end all prohibition on hemp and immediately start the work of planting the seeds, urgently needed to restore Earths Mountains and save countless lives and ultimately all life on Earth? Surely, if we believe in long term sustainable development and some kind of healthy future for our children and all living beings on this Earth then we need to abandon some of our prejudices and false beliefs and get on and use the remedy that Nature has so wonderfully provided for us and heal and rebalance Earths eco -systems before it is too late?

R.E.M.E.D.Y has been set up in order to educate and spread awareness of this situation and to help activate Mountain Reforestation. However to do this we are in need of sponsors, patrons and communication with other concerned individuals and groups. For further information please contact us. All help will be gratefully received. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.