As residents of planet Earth deal with overpopulation, lack of resources and a desperate need for sustainable materials, many people have demonstrated just how useful and beneficial hemp is. There are at least 25,000 uses for hemp fiber, which is eco friendly and completely sustainable.
The documentary “Bringing It Home” was screened last night at the University of Utah (sponsored by SLC HEMP) and is the story of hemp’s past, present and future through interviews with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the globe, historical images and media clips, and footage filmed in the U.K, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina.
According to their website, “The documentary aims to magnify dialogue about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future”.
The film was inspired by environmentally-conscious home designer Anthony Brenner’s story to find the healthiest building material available to build a safe indoor environment for his young daughter Bailey, who has a rare genetic disorder and sensitivity to synthetic chemicals.
Anthony made headlines in USA Today and CNN when he completed “America’s First Hemp House” for the former mayor of Asheville, North Carolina. Anthony’s story is one of the inspirational tales profiled in this film that provides viewers with a new connection to the issue of toxicity in human habitats and how hemp can play a role in innovative healthy green building solutions.
The film follows Anthony’s mission to build The Bird’s Nest (through his HealthyUNow organization), the world’s first hempcrete built, toxin-free residential home for his Autistic daughter and other children and adults with disabilities.
A major drawback for Anthony and other U.S. builders using hemp is that the fiber must be imported. The filmmakers followed the hemp trail of the Asheville house to England, where they spoke with hemp business owners and facilities, filmed hemp farms and commercial structures.
They meet Kevin McCloud, the popular designer, author and TV host of Grand Designs who developed a hemp townhouse neighborhood in Swindon and interviewed researcher Dr. Michael Lawrence at the University of Bath’s "Hempod" research structure, who talks about the humidity regulating and carbon absorbing benefits of hemp construction.
West of London, Mike Giffin, Farm consultant with Hemp Technology, takes the film crew “in the field” to discuss the benefits of hemp as an agricultural crop. They also learned about hemp foods and nutrition from Henry Braham, hemp farmer and founder of GOOD Oil in the U.K.
Additional interviews with experts filmed at the 2nd International Hemp Building Symposium in Granada, Spain speak to global hemp industries and uses worldwide, and they visit a Spanish architect and her family in their hemp (Cannabric) home and holiday apartments near Almeria.
In Washington, D.C. they try to keep up with energetic Ben Droz, legislative liaison for Vote Hemp as he works the corridors of Capitol Hill trying to gain sponsors and support for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act and then visit Capitol Hemp, a retail store featuring hemp clothing and products. Eric Steenstra, with Vote Hemp and HIA shares insights into current U.S. legislative efforts and outreach to the White House.
In California, American hemp business CEO’s David and Mike Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and John Roulac of Nutiva discuss how hemp products built their million dollar companies and in Sacramento, they sat down with John Lovell, lobbyist for the CA Narcotics Officers Association to hear the opposition to legalizing hemp farming.
Back in North Carolina, they spend time with eco-couture designer Stephanie Teague who uses organic hemp fabrics from China while making a home in Greensboro, NC where textile industries once employed many. Farmers in Silk Hope, NC hear about hemp’s agricultural benefits and voice their support for bringing this crop back to American farms where it used to grow.
Hemp’s role in world and American history is treated through lively animation and brief segments using archival imagery to discuss the importance of hemp during Colonial times through the World War II era and it’s eventual classification as a substance one narcotic, even though the oil, seed and fiber varieties of industrial hemp cannot be used as a drug.
This film is an absolute must see for every hemp advocate and those interested legalizing cannabis would be well advised to partake in a viewing as well. This type of film is something all politicians should also witness, in order to increase their education and knowledge about the many benefits of hemp.
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