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Green is where the Heart Is for June 12, 2013

“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”
- George Washington, U.S. President quote on Hemp

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

As I was searching for a quote on hemp, I teetered between George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams as all of these forefathers promoted growing this plant.
I do not think that George and Thomas and John were suggesting to their fellow countrymen to roll that paper and smoke it but somehow that is the only thing most people in our country think hemp is used for.  These are different plants in the same plant family, and confusion between the two plants is helping to keep industrial hemp from being legalized. 
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 and the Senate Companion Bill both define industrial hemp as separate from the definition of marijuana.  Industrial hemp has a multitude of uses and can be substituted in the manufacture of products now made unreservedly with non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals, dangerous to children and those effected by the toxic overload of chemicals in our living environments today. 
Blaire Johnson, Carolina Beach resident and visionary filmmaker, brought it to my attention that June 3-9 was the fourth annual Hemp History Week; the theme of this year’s campaign being Hemp:  Our Heritage, Our Future.  This is especially important to her as she has recently wrapped up filming a documentary about industrial hemp, healthy houses and a greener future for our country.
BRINGING IT HOME (www.bringingithomemovie.com) documents a father’s quest to build a safe indoor environment for his young daughter Bailey, who has a rare genetic disorder and sensitivity to synthetic chemicals.  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.
In Bringing it Home, we follow Anthony’s mission to build “The Bird’s Nest” the world’s first hempcrete built, toxin-free residential home for his daughter and other children and adults with disabilities.
His search to find the healthiest building materials leads him to the completion of the nation’s first hemp house, in Asheville, NC.
Hemp with lime is a non-toxic, energy efficient, mildew, fire and pest resistant building material. The drawback — industrial hemp is currently illegal to
farm in the U.S.A.  Industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 31 other countries that makes 1,000′s of sustainable products and offers solutions for global warming, nutrition, poverty and deforestation. 
Here in the U.S., hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can’t we grow it here?
BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more.  
It tells 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. The documentary aims to magnify dialogue about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.   
In 1937 when our country outlawed the growing of this industrial plant could it possible that business leaders who would have lost fortunes used our government to ‘deceive’ the country into illegalizing this amazing plant?
Our forefathers might think so and so may innocents like Bailey.  How fortunate was she to have a father who
was willing to go against the grain to fight for health and quality of life for his daughter.  Wouldn’t you?  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui.
She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge
techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.