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Hemp refiner expected to provide new income for 200 farmers
Posted By JOYCE CASSIN
Posted 13 hours ago
After nearly 10 years of research and development in industrial hemp, Stonehedge Bio- Resources Inc. of Sterling is ready to lead the way in commercializing hemp in North America.
Building on a business case developed through the Eastern Lake Ontario Regional Innovation Network (ELORIN), Stonehedge is now set to establish a bioprocessing facility in Eastern Ontario to serve North American markets. Some of the products and co-products are aimed at the automotive, energy, agriculture, construction material, and pulp and paper markets. This fibre separation facility (decortication plant) is expected to provide new farm income for about 200 farmers, putting more than 12,000 acres into cultivation, said John Baker, president and founder of Stonehedge.
They secured $2 million in funding from Great Britain and met with the British Consulate on Wednesday, Northumberland County chief administrative officer Bill Pyatt told County council Wednesday afternoon.
"Hopefully they'll be able to obtain provincial and federal dollars as well," Mr. Pyatt said. "This industry will supply all of North America."
Starting this spring, Stonehedge expects to build a new bio-refining facility in Eastern Ontario that will employ up to 27 people by 2011. The company expects to produce more than $17 million per year in renewable hemp fibre, wood-like chips, and pellets, as well as matting and seed products.
"Ontario is proud to support innovative companies that are turning good ideas into good jobs," Research and Innovation Minister John Wilkinson said. "Today's investment is a clear sign that our entrepreneurs and researchers are on the right track to developing and marketing globally competitive green technologies that will create good jobs for Ontario families.
"Eastern Ontario has carved out a new economic sector that will support our communities in the 21st century," Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi said. "From research to high-technology bioprocessing to farming, we're very excited at the possibilities this project has to offer."
Friday, November 28, 2008
Hemp reduces eutrophication of lakes and rivers as a result of agriculture and restores soil. Facts and information found on this site.
Hemp can replenish and clean up the land.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008
Pollution causes disease!
We need to publish and hit every news source with what Germany is doing. We need to shame countries that are so far behind in green initiatives. Our health and our loved ones aren't getting any better due to the nastiness in our air. We need to do all we can now! Please help our planet!
Germany's green impact!
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Below, article on Asia's brown clouds
Learning about wind power from Denmark
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
It is a well know fact that earth is losing her trees, and various methods have been devised to halt the all too realistic probability of a treeless future. One plant, in particular used to be our go to for everything ranging from paper to cloth and even food. Hemp or Cannabis sativa L. subsp. Sativa var., could solve more than just our paper problems, it just has to break a few stereotypes first.
10/10/2008 5:33:00 PM
by Alternative Channel's Youth Contributor Cody Larocque
It is a well know fact that earth is losing her trees, and various methods have been devised to halt the all too realistic probability of a treeless future. We've tried every thing from introducing; reusing used paper, starting up protected and monitored sources for paper and wood, but none have the impact that is needed for a true sustainable shift. One plant, in particular used to be our go to for everything ranging from paper to cloth and even food. Hemp or Cannabis sativa L. subsp. Sativa var., could solve more than just our paper problems, it just has to break a few stereotypes first.
The hemp plant is the extremely low THC(less than 0.3%) producing brother of Cannabis Indica, which is the drug producing variant. Hemp grown for commercial purposes is know as industrial hemp, which has a multitude of uses, outside of high tensile strength cordage which it is traditionally known for. Hemp can be used to replace paper, the harmful chemicals found in cosmetics and plastics, as well as possessing the potential for becoming a bio fuel. Hemp also requires very little to no pesticides, no herbicides and is an excellent controller of soil erosion. Hemp, today is often used in textile manufacturing in which it is often blended with other natural fibers from flax or cotton and sometimes silk. Hemp fibers are also used to strengthen cement in both Europe and Asia. It has also gained popularity as a health food due to its highly nutritious disposition. High in essential amino-acids, protein and fiber, with the potential to be made into a variety of products ranging from waffles, oils, tofu, butter, flour, protein mix, grains and a non-dairy milk the possibilities for this overachieving plant are enormous.
There is a down side, the conservative and often negative view held towards this plant family inhibits its vast potential as a solution to many of our "green" problems. In 1916 the USDA created a paper from hemp pulp that was as much as one seventh less sulfur polluting then wood pulp, if sulfur was used and none if soda ash was used to break down the Bast fibers and did not use bleach, instead safely used Hydrogen peroxide to turn the paper white. Had this process been legalized, today we would be using 70% less wood pulp for including computer paper, cardboard and paper bags. Interesting fact so how come we don't?
All is not lost in the Hemp story, slowly as both the environment and a sustainable life become the new ideal life, this noble underestimated plant is slowly starting to impress big business and farmers as a viable crop option. With the vast functionality that nature gave this plant, we'd be foolish not to use the gift she's given us.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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The Ontario Hemp Alliance (OHA) was founded when a group of hemp growers, processors and manufacturers realized the great potential of producing and marketing hemp. They began in 1998 with a series of meetings, which resulted in the formation of an association that would recognize and meet the needs of this young and evolving industry. The mandate and membership reflects the broad interest in hemp from all sectors of the economy.
to raise public awareness of hemp's uses and benefits
to facilitate analysis and development of markets for hemp products
to facilitate research and development of hemp based processes and products
to promote the sharing of information and interaction between members
to act as a lobbyist for the hemp industry
OHA MANDATEThe Ontario Hemp Alliance is a membership driven organization dedicated to the development of a viable, vertically integrated hemp industry in Ontario. The OHA mandate and membership reflects the broad interest in hemp from all sectors of the economy.
Mailing addressOntario Hemp Alliance,P.O. Box 776,Tavistock, OntarioN0B 2R0
2008 Directors of the Ontario Hemp Alliance1. President: Dan Scheele: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Vice President: Larry Duprey3. Treasurer: Gordon Scheifele (Acting)4. Secretary: Gordon Scheifele: email@example.com. Chairman, OHA Propagation Agency (OHAPA), Gordon Scheifele6. OHAPA committee: Roger Rivest: firstname.lastname@example.org Shep Shepetunko Dan Scheele7. Webmaster, Steve Hunter, email@example.com. OHA News Letter Editor: open9. Members at large: John Baker Doug Daymond, firstname.lastname@example.org Arthur Hanks, Saskatchewan Hemp Association, email@example.com Louise Hollingsworth, firstname.lastname@example.org David Marcus, email@example.com Shep Shepetunko, firstname.lastname@example.org. Resource Persons: Scott Banks: email@example.com Kevin Montgomery, firstname.lastname@example.org Mahendra Thimmanagari: email@example.com
Thursday, April 24, 2008
“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!” - George Washington
I created this blog because I was challenged by a debate on the ReGeneration design contest comments, that and the decision made by governments to forge ahead with using grain for fuel which has helped deplete and raise prices on our food and animal feed supply.
I wanted to show there is a way out of this dilemma that can at the same time improve our environment and replenish the soil.
The graffiti illustrations here were my entries in the ReGeneration contest. They asked that we submit ideas for a green future. My entries with the most votes are pleasing to the eye, I admit I have a few that are doing ok. I would rather have no votes on my "pretty" pictures and have more interest in this one that does answer what is the future of green. There are a lot of nice pictures but not a whole lot of ideas how to go about changing the future. I expected to see more that way, make and have comments, to dialog about it. So I was glad when I went to the design competition area and made comments and was able to open up a debate.
I'm being quite honest, I HAD NO IDEA just how many uses there were for hemp until I began drawing about it. If I was going to draw about it I wanted to know what I was talking about, so I researched about it. So being involved in the whole process has shed a light for me too.
With environmental concerns that we have, we need to look at the alternatives out there.
Hemp is not marijuana, propaganda made the public look away.
The state of our planet makes it time to look back again.
Hemp is the new plastic, hemp is being newly discovered again. Hemp, in time, is the fiber that will out pace all others. It is as timeless and as relevant as when Henry Ford first brought it to the publics attention. It is more critical now with the grain shortage to be giving it a good hard look again.
We need to address the question that ReGeneration asks. I think going this direction is one way, one step, towards a greener future. Thanks for your support! We need to all become HEMP PUSHERS!
"Anything that can be made from hydrocarbons (oil, coal,
natural gas), can be made from carbohydrates (plant material)." - source unknown.
Henry Ford "grew from the soil." Its plastic panels, with impact strength 10 times greater than steel, were made from flax, wheat, hemp, spruce pulp.
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