An opinion piece by regular Coastal Views contributor Rex Ellis.

A recent news item mooted the idea, that with the climate warming, and SA about to cancel its ‘no GM status (except for KI and that cotton could be grown along the Murray River in Victoria, and SA’s Riverland. The item pointed out that extra water would not be required, as irrigators would only use their entitlements anyway, having the option of choosing what to grow for best returns.

Be that as it may, you wonder why industrial hemp is rarely getting a mention in the media, since SA became the last state to legalize the growing of the crop for food and fibre. It is well known that the powerful cotton and insecticide lobbies have, for years; successfully prevented the growing of this ‘wonder fibre’ in Australia. I have written about this many times in the past.

The crop has over two thousand uses, and has the potential to contribute hugely to the revitalisation of the rural sector, and the country towns, by its great value adding opportunities. The country’s economy would massively benefit, not to forget what is often mentioned as an afterthought… the environment, the ‘goose that lays the golden eggs’, if that ‘goose’ is sick or dead, then everything else is academic anyway. Literally everything relating to industrial hemp is positive for the environment, unlike the growing of cotton. Another big positive is that most years a hemp crop would be possible, whereas the same doesn’t apply to cotton in drier times. Hemp requires little water and no insecticides.

For years, the Australian public have been kept in the dark by our media generally, about the enormous positives relating to this sustainable crop, both as health products in its seeds and oil, and as a cheap extraordinary building material. Those are just the tip of the iceberg.

Now, I am not an expert on anything, and have too much in a head designed not to have a lot in it! So I will leave it to the real experts in this field by giving readers the ‘go to’ website where the differences between growing industrial hemp and cotton in Australia, are simply listed and easily verified.

For the sake of our future generations in particular, I urge you to have a look. Australians have been kept ignorant for too long. The evidence is indisputable, and stands up to the most vigorous scrutiny.

 

The website is.. www.hempalliance.org.au