In this episode, we’re talking about the hemp revolution with Doug Fine.
Fine is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in places like Washington Post, Wired and Outside Magazine. He’s traveled all over the world, including to places like Burma, Rwanda, Laos, Guatemala and Tajikistan. He’s given TED Talks. He’s appeared on late-night talk shows. And he’s written several books, including Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man, Farewell My Subaru, which is about his attempt to wean himself off fossil fuel, and Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution.
His latest book is Hemp Bound: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution.
For Fine, those front lines are found at Funky Butte Ranch, his 40-acre spread in southern New Mexico where he and his family grow hemp, tend a garden and raise a herd of mischievous goats.
Although Fine sees himself as a journalist first, he doesn’t shy away from speaking up for what he believes in. And what he believes is this: Hemp represents not just the next big money-maker in agriculture. Instead, he believes it’s an opportunity to change the whole game — and maybe fight off the effects of climate change in the process.
Hemp Bound is published by Chelsea Green Publishing, it has a quote from Willie Nelson on the cover and it’s available at the Acres U.S.A. bookstore at AcresUSA.com.
This episode is sponsored by BCS America.
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Hemp can save the world and at this point, it may well be the only thing that can. Hemp can eliminate devestation from deforestation (paper and building materials can be derived from hemp and 1 acre of hemp = 4 acres of trees), provide fuel from both seed and cellulose. It can clean and nourish compromised soils (was planted around Chernobyl and found to be best phyto-remediation plant), provides a superior food and medicine as well as bioplastic composites. What are we waiting for?
Great segment – just purchased the book and hope Doug covers more about Hemp and Energy in his sequel . Thanks!