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Dr. Bronner Industrial Hemp Steel Cage Protest

CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Arrested for “Possession of About 10 Pounds of Marijuana”

After locking himself inside a steel cage, in front of the White House, to protest the laws against cultivating industrial hemp Dr. Bronner was arrested by the police. The protest was in response to a White House statement combining the non-drug industrial hemp with marijuana. This policy is restricting American farmers from cultivating hemp, even though it cannot be used for any drug purposes.

Dr. David Bonner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, had high hopes for President Obama to allow hemp cultivation in his term of office. However, the President has turned his back on a crop he voted for twice as an Illinois state legislator.

“I expected more from President Obama. The President can simply direct the Department of Justice to respect industrial hemp grown pursuant to existing state hemp programs, such as North Dakota’s. Everyone is sick and tired of America’s bankrupt policy on hemp that forces our company to send well over a hundred thousand dollars every year to Canadian farmers. I had hoped that President Obama would not succumb to drug warriors’ hysteria regarding hemp. I really don’t know what else to do to get our ‘Chief Law Enforcement Officer’ to take a rational science-based approach to hemp policy in this country.”

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps is a top-selling natural soap brand in America and uses hemp oil. With the government not allowing farmers in the United States to cultivate industrial hemp Dr. Bronner’s is required to import more than 20 tons of hemp oil every year from Canada. The industrial hemp industry experienced retail sales over $400 million in 2011 in America. The US is the largest hemp market on the planet for healthy hemp oil, seeds, and fibers.

Americans can eat, drink and wear hemp products. So why is it illegal for us to grow it?

Protected by a large steel cage Dr. Bronner publicly harvested and cultivated hemp plants. The hemp plants were grown from Canadian industrial hemp seed and contained less than 0.3% THC, the active ingredient known in marijuana to allow a person to get high.

“The industrial hemp plants I am harvesting and processing into oil cannot produce a high of any kind, but according to the Obama Administration I’m in possession of approximately 10 pounds of marijuana.”

Dr. Bronner had hopes to fully harvest the plants, press them into hemp oil and serve it to the public on hemp bread. Unfortunately, he never completed his protest as firefighters were called in to cut through the metal bars after failed attempts by the police.

Read the entire press release.

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Eco Kids

Five Environmental Activist Activities You Can Do With Kids

This is a guest post by Olivia Maloy of `Trying To Conceive`. 

Parents are their children’s first, and most important teachers — and that is certainly true when it comes to environmental awareness. A greener earth starts with children who grow up knowing that their actions impact the future. And how can we get this message across better than through hands-on environmental activist activities? Here are five ideas small kids can participate in.

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Clean your neighborhood

No neighborhood is free from discarded items that shouldn’t be there. Organizing a neighborhood cleaning day may be daunting, but it could promote environmental awareness while also bringing neighbors closer together. This is something you can organize yourself, with others who live in your street. Children can go door-to-door to ask others to participate in a big clean-up day (with your guidance), and ask neighbors to bring the tools needed to clean up. But schools can also get involved, making the activity even more effective. A speaker from a green organization can explain the risks bottles or plastic bags pose to birds and other animals before the kids go on their mission, for instance.

Two elementary school boys walking home from school.

Walk to school week

Cutting down on the use of cars is one of the best things anyone can do to reduce that carbon footprint. Walk (or cycle) to school week raises awareness about this. School children can start this initiative by proposing it to their teachers, who can encourage their students to walk or cycle to school for the whole week. Those who live further away can still make their mark by carpooling. This initiative obviously depends on the support and participation of parents. There is no doubt that a student’s proposal to let the car rest for a while will make them think, too.

A green birthday party

If your child is passionate about a greener earth, and has a birthday coming up, an ecological birthday party is a fantastic way to show her friends she cares. Kids’ birthdays have turned into very wasteful events. A green birthday party can avoid disposable plates and plastic party favors. You could give vegetable seeds as party favors, play games that use natural items like sticks and stones, or visit a nature reserve or national park. Children who are really passionate about ecology can ask their friends to donate money to green charities instead of receiving birthday gifts.

Earth-friendly blogging

Sit down as a family and discuss ways in which you can personally reduce the negative impact you have on the environment, and boost the positive. This could include starting a compost heap, trying to keep your clothes clean so they can be worn for several days, and buying groceries with less packaging. This is an educational activity all in itself, but it can easily be turned into activism by blogging about the changes you are making, or writing a letter to your local newspaper about it. Vegetarian children could also blog about being meat-free (with recipes!), those who live on farms can write about gardening, and urban families could tackle recycling… just to name a few ideas.

Get involved with an ecological campaign group

Organizations such as Green Peace as very open to children. Depending on your location, it may be possible to visit one of their boats or have a speaker come to your kids’ school, church, or social group. Hearing what adult environmental activities do to fight climate change, the extinction of species, and many other things, can really inspire children to get involved, too.

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