There is one thing that we all have in common: this tiny planet we share. Today the world is throwing around terms like “sustainability” and “green living” but what does that really mean? Hemp is one of the most diverse plants on the planet, and could literally supply most of humankinds needs for fuel, food, clothing, building products, and medicine.
Despite its usefulness, hemp is illegal to grow in the United States. This site is intended to be an avenue for the community to find sustainable hemp products to purchase, as well as a source of information about this diverse and wonderful plant called HEMP.
Hemp Sisters/Earth Divas products are handmade, natural fiber, fair trade accessories made by women for women from around the world. We currently have items from Nepal and are adding jewelry from Columbia and hemp bags from Thailand. We hope that by next year we can offer products from several other countries.
Established in 1998, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Manitoba Harvest owns and operates a 20,000 Sq Ft. state of the art, kosher certified and organic certified facility and are proud to be the largest farmer owned vertically integrated hemp food manufacturer, offering the freshest and highest quality staple hemp food products in the world. Please follow the links below to learn more about Manitoba Harvest.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seeds are freshly cold pressed to ensure that valuable enzymes are not destroyed and nutrients such as chlorophyll and vitamin E remain intact. Our hemp seed oil is processed and packaged in an atmosphere free of light and oxygen to prevent rancidity.
Shelled Hemp Seed (also known as hemp hearts)
Hemp Seeds are cracked to expose the inner kernel. The seeds are then run through a series of screening machines that separate the shell from the nutritious inner kernel.
Hemp Seed Butter
Shelled Hemp Seed is small batch, low temperature ground to produce a healthy delicious tasting seed butter.
Hemp Protein Powder
After the hemp seeds are cold pressed to remove the oil, the left over protein rich hemp meal is cold milled. The milled meal is then screened to extract the Hemp Protein Powder.
Hemp Protein & Fiber Powder
After the hemp seeds are cold pressed to remove the oil, the left over protein rich hemp meal is cold milled. The nutritious fiber of the hemp seed is not removed.
Hemp Bliss – Organic Hempmilk
Hemp Seeds are blended with filtered water then cold filtered to create a rich and creamy milk. The milk is then sweetened with organic evaporated cane juice and flavored with organic ingredients.
Ruth’s Hemp Foods is a privately owned company that began in 1999 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ruth’s Hemp Foods produces the most extensive line of hemp foods available in North America including Hemp Bars, Hemp Protein Powders, Hemp Oil, SoftHemp™ (certified organic shelled hemp seed), Hemp Salad Dressings, and has recently added products such as Chia Goodness™ and Hemp Tortilla Chips. Ruth’s Hemp Foods are GMO-free and rich in essential fatty acids and high quality protein. They are widely available throughout Canada and the United States at gourmet, specialty and natural food stores, as well as select larger grocery chains.
Ruth’s Hemp Food Facts
No hydrogenated fats
No trans fatty acids
No refined sugars
No artificial preservatives
No synthetic vitamins
Unsulfured fruit in the bars
Predominantly Certified Organic
Ruth’s Hemp Foods, based in Toronto, Ontario, manufactures the most extensive line of hemp foods available. Distributed throughout the United States and Canada. these healthy, nutritious products are packed with essential fatty acids (EFAs) and protein, and are always free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, synthetic vitamins, artificial preservatives, fillers and colors.
Hemp seed oil can be used as fuel to drive cars and heat homes because Hemp produces biomass, which can be converted into charcoal for electricity, ethanol, methanol and other sources of fuel. One acre of hemp can produce 10 tons of biomass every four months of growing season. Hemp fuel is the most cost effective and environmentally friendly reusable energy source on the planet, and could potentially make the U.S. less dependent on foreign petroleum.
Hemp seed oil is biodiesel and is three times more productive than any other seed oil crop, and hemp seed oil will run any diesel engine today with no modification. There is a truth that must be heard! That’s what the Sustainable Hemp is all about.
We believe that the main reason hemp is illegal today is because of biodiesel’s potential. The first diesel engines (by Rudolph Diesel in 1894) were invented to run on hempseed oil; petroleum wasn’t synthesized to mimic hempseed oil for over a decade. Therefore hempseed oil was the primary fuel for automobiles for over 30 years after the invention of the first internal combustion engine.
Entry into the biodiesel market has very low capital entry requirements and is, therefore, not centralized. Among the benefits of using biodiesel:
Start an economic boom!
Use vegetable seed oil (biodiesel).
Run any diesel engine with no engine conversion at all.
Make biodiesel from hemp, soybean, rapeseed/canola and safflower seed oil
Save family farms.
Return economic control to the people!
Naturally decentralize wealth.
Stop global warming.
Stop A lot of toxic pollution.
Create a useful byproduct: food.
A distinct variety of the plant species Cannabis sativa L., the hemp plant is harvested for its fibers, seed, seed meal and seed oil. Marijuana is a group of flowering plants that includes three species of Cannabis, all indigenous to Central Asia and surrounding regions, but both Hemp and Cannabis can be readily grown in many regions throughout the world.
There have been over eight million Cannabis arrests in the United States since 1993, including 786,545 arrests in 2005, and Cannabis users have been arrested at the rate of 1 every 40 seconds. Statistics show that about 88% of all marijuana arrests are for simple possession, not manufacture or distribution, according to FBI Uniform Crimes Report. Large-scale marijuana growing operations are frequently targeted by police in raids to attack the supply side and discourage the spread and marketing of the drug, though the great majority of those who are in prison for cannabis are either there for simple possession or small scale dealing.(Wikipedia)
The effects of marijuana prohibition in the United States today are similar to the effects of alcohol prohibition in the United States from 1920 to 1933. Prohibition sought to achieve forced abstinence from alcohol through legal means and constitutionally banned its manufacture, sale and transport throughout the United States.
A number of social problems resulted from the Prohibition era. A profitable and violent black market for alcohol flourished. Powerful gangs corrupted law enforcement agencies, and stronger liquor surged in popularity because its potency made it more profitable to smuggle. Enforcing prohibition had an enormous price tag, and the absence of almost $500 million annual nationwide tax revenues on alcohol affected the government’s financial resources. When repeal of prohibition occurred in 1933, organized crime lost nearly all of its black market alcohol profits in most states because of competition with low-priced alcohol sales at legal liquor stores.
At the end of prohibition some of the initial supporters openly admitted its failure. A quote from a letter, written in 1932 by wealthy industrialist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., states:
When Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of alcohol would be recognized. I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and crime has increased to a level never seen before.”
However, when it came to marijuana and hemp prohibition, Rockefeller took a different stance. He was a known supporter of hemp prohibition along with Harry J. Anslinger, the United States First “drug czar” and William Randolph Hearst, well known media mogul. As to be expected, Hearst sympathized with the drug czar in his war against marijuana. Hearst’s paper empire, which included hundreds of acres of timber forests, was threatened by the renewable resource of hemp that could be re-grown yearly, unlike Hearst’s timber. In his newspapers, Hearst published many of Anslinger’s fabricated stories, aiding the anti-marijuana movement that eventually led to its prohibition in the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act (Wikipedia). Rockefeller had his interests in oil, and after founding Standard Oil in 1870, soared to become the first U.S. dollar billionaire, and Standard Oil was even convicted of monopolistic practices and broken up in 1911. There seems no way that hemp could have had a chance when the media, the government, and the oil industry were swiftly making little room for hemp to survive.
Hemp is not only in direct competition with timber and petroleum, but also with many other industries throughout the world. Hemp offers wholesome and nutritious foodstuffs such as edible oil from the seeds, which are also used for making chocolate bars and other foods; renewable fiber for clothing and building. The original Levi jeans were made from hemp but lasted too long to be commercially viable; high grade papers, such as those used for bank notes, tissues, hand towels, and tea bags, where strength when wet is critical, and so much more. Cannabis is a medicine that was created by nature, producing powerful documented results without the side effects of the manufactured chemicals that the drug companies peddle during every television commercial break. Cannabis can even be a nice after work treat in the same way that a glass of beer or wine is enjoyed after a long day at the office.
When it comes to the cost that our nation pays when it comes to hemp and cannabis prohibition, it is clear that we must re-legalize this diverse and useful plant. There are so many benefits to be gained from this potential source of income for our state and country. This needless “war on marijuana” must end. We must restore the right to realize the benefits of an income source from a renewable source through agriculture, energy, paper, clothing, nutrition, medicine, and responsible adult recreation.
We would like to give a special thanks to our followers and supporters of the hemp movement-