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Sustainable Hemp Packaging is the Future of Industrial Packaging

By Vishal Vivek
 

The future of packaging is ripe for capitalization by the drivers of sustainability culture. With the battle lines drawn and forces at play in motion, change is now inevitable. The question arises: how quickly can the industry grow in the space of the next decade?

With an increasing number of nations banning non-biodegradable and petroleum-based plastics in certain uses, the choices at hand have naturally led to bioplastics. Bioplastics are a major ingredient of the renewable packaging industry. We derive them from various renewable agricultural crops, of which hemp is among the chief examples.

The Change for Hemp

The legal ramifications of the European Green Deal and the American Farm Bill of 2018 have created a microcosm where the sustainability discussion has turned into corporate initiatives for crops like industrial hemp, which are a source for bioplastics and numerous other products. The smaller carbon footprint of industrial hemp plays its role in shaping consumer demands towards a greener future.

Farmers are now able to cultivate the plant in the U.S., due to its removal from the list of controlled substances. Agribusinesses and manufacturers are aware of the plant’s versatility, with uses in packaging, building construction, clothing, medicinal oils, edibles like protein powder and hemp hearts, hemp paper and rope. What was once George Washington’s strong consideration as a cash crop for his estate, may gradually become the world’s cash crop of choice.

Hemp’s Sustainability Beckons 

Why is the crop unanimously superior in the aspect of eco-friendliness? Its growing requirements are frugal: water, soil nutrients and pesticides are not needed in large quantities. It absorbs great quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and uses it to create 65-75% cellulose content within its biomass. Cellulose is vital in the manufacture of bioplastics. Hemp is also flexible within crop cycles, due to its small harvesting period of only 4 months.



Thus, farmers use it as a rotational crop, allowing them to also cultivate other crops after its harvest. High-quality crops like cotton, though superior in cellulose content and fibrous softness, require far more water quantities, soil nutrients and pesticides. Farmers face greater difficulties in cultivating cotton as a rotational crop, because it requires far more space and time.

Hemp Bioplastics For Packaging                                

We manufacture bioplastics from the hurd and cellulose of the hemp plant. Hemp bioplastics are biodegradable, and take up to a maximum of 6 months to completely decompose; by contrast, normal fossil-fuel-based plastic takes up to 1000 years to decompose.

Manufacturers incorporate these ingredients into existing manufacturing processes for regular plastics, such as injection molding. Thus, we can apply bioplastic ingredients to similar plastics applications, such as packaging, paneling, medical equipment and more. New technologies aren’t necessarily needed, so companies and manufacturers do not have any reservations about its viability as an industry.

Here are a few types of bioplastics derived from hemp:

  1. Hemp Cellulose-based Bioplastics

This is a substance found in plant cell walls. We use cellulose to manufacture a broad range of unique plastics, including celluloid, rayon and cellophane. These plastics are usually entirely organic. We mix cellulose and its variations (such as nanocellulose, made from cellulose nanocrystals) with other ingredients, such as camphor, to produce thermoplastics and the like. Using natural polymer, we process a broad range of bioplastics and corresponding polymers. The difference in their chemical properties is down to the nature of the polymer chains and the extent of crystallization.

  1. Composite Hemp-based Bioplastics

Composite plastics comprise organic polymers like hemp cellulose, as well as an addition of synthetic polymers. They also have reinforcement fibers to improve the strength of the bioplastic, which are also either organic or synthetic. Sometimes, we blend hemp cellulose with other organic polymers like shellac and tree resins. Inorganic fillers include fiberglass, talc and mica.



We call any natural polymer, when blended with synthetic polymers, a “bio composite” plastic. We measure and calibrate these ingredients according to the desired stiffness, strength and density of the eventual plastic product. Apart from packaging, manufacturers use these bioplastics for furniture, car panels, building materials and biodegradable bags.

A composite of polypropylene (PP), reinforced with natural hemp fibers, showed that hemp has a tensile strength akin to that of conventional fiberglass composites. Furthermore, malleated polypropylene (MAPP) composites, fortified with hemp fibers, significantly improved stress-enduring properties compared to conventional fiberglass composites.

  1. Pure Organic Bioplastics With Hemp

We have already generated several bioplastics entirely from natural plant substances like hemp. Hemp fibers, when made alkaline with diluted sodium hydroxide in low concentrations, exhibit superior tensile strength. We have produced materials from polylactic acid (PLA) fortified with hemp fibers. These plastic materials showed superior strength than ones containing only PLA. For heavy-duty packaging, manufacturers use hemp fibers reinforced with biopolyhydroxybutyrate (BHP), which are sturdy enough.



With the world in a state of major change due to the coronavirus outbreak of 2020, the focus is back on packaging and delivery. In this volatile area, perhaps the industry can learn a few new tricks, instead of suffocating itself in old traditions and superficial opportunism. The permutations and combinations of bioplastic technology can serve a swath of packaging applications. We must thoroughly explore this technology.

Hemp’s Future in Packaging

Fossil fuel-based plastic polymers are non-renewable, highly pollutive and dangerous to ecosystems, due to their lifespans. They are some of the most destructive inventions of man, but thankfully could be held back by this crop. Industrial hemp upheld countless industries through human history and now is making a comeback. After existing in relative obscurity in the U.S. due to false connotations with the psychoactive properties of its cousin, it is now back in business.

With the American hemp industry on the verge of a revolution, hemp packaging is primed to take over a significant part of the global packaging sector. The political, economic and environmental incentives for companies to adopt bioplastics are legion. Its lower cost lends to its allure as well. Consumers and agribusinesses are following suit, making the choice to be environmentally-conscious. By 2030, it is estimated that 40% of the plastics industry will be bioplastics.

We can only mitigate the plastic pollution in oceans, landfills and elsewhere, with the use of biodegradable bioplastics; otherwise, animals, humans and plants are getting adversely affected by imperceptible microplastics that pervade vast regions of the Earth. With hemp bioplastics, we use the cleaner, renewable matter of plants to conserve the planet’s sanctity. We can expect this new technology to continue to light the way for other nations, societies and companies to build upon this sustainable plan.


About The Author

Vishal Vivek
CEO & Co-Founder

Vishal Vivek is the CEO and Co-Founder at Hemp Foundation. Hemp Foundation’s mission is to fight global warming, plastic pollution, deforestation and wild species extinction through promotion of hemp in fashion industry and at the same time provide jobs to marginalized communities of artisans and farmers in rural Himalayan villages and give them global reach.

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As Lumber Prices Surge, Hemp Blocks Get a Closer Look

By Jean Lotus

The cost of U.S. construction timber is skyrocketing, and a national concern is growing for the  carbon emitted by the construction industry. As homebuilders look for solutions, the nation’s small-but-growing number of hemp builders wonder if building with hemp will finally break through into the mainstream construction consciousness. 

Load-bearing hempcrete wall systems are getting more attention as lumber costs for frame walls has spiked. Photo courtesy of  HempBLOCKUSA
Load-bearing hempcrete wall systems are getting more attention as lumber costs for frame walls has spiked. Photo courtesy of HempBLOCKUSA

The cost of framing lumber, OSB plywood and other wood building materials are adding an average of $36,000 to the cost of a new build, an April study showed — and costs have kept rising.  

As a result, homebuilding solutions that don’t require framing timber, or need less of it, are getting a second look. One solution is the hemp-lime block.

The U.S. construction industry is notoriously resistant to change and innovation, frustrating those  who want to introduce hemp building to the United States, as it has been used for the past 30 years in Europe. 

But ‘hempcrete’ blocks are being noticed because they have been used in European builds for decades, and provide a green, carbon-sequestering, insulative wall solution. 

“We have been working to decarbonize the construction sector for 10 years now and we remain 100% convinced that the hemp block has a crucial role to play,” Charlotte De Bellefroid, spokesperson for Belgium-based IsoHemp, wrote in an email to Hemp Build Mag. 

The company manufactures 1 million hemp blocks per year and will increase production to 5 million blocks per year with a new robotic factory to keep up with demand. 

A new Joe Biden administration focus on reducing carbon in the construction industry, has focused on more efficient buildings, but carbon-sequestering industrial hemp could possibly  have a prominent place in the discussion. 

It will be “impossible” to halve U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 “without rapid decarbonization of the building sector,” Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) President Paula Glover said in a statement last week. 

Light weight, quick to assemble

Precast hemp blocks, made with chopped hemp hurd and lime binder are much lighter than concrete blocks. The blocks can be quickly assembled and provide insulation rates up to R70. Uniform-density blocks are easy to transport to a worksite, and are pre-cured, saving drying time compared to hand-cast “in situ” or spray applied hempcrete construction. 

Walls made with hempcrete blocks are fireproof, mold proof, pest proof and long-lasting compared to timber-framed homes, which can be constructed of poor quality materials.

Load-bearing systems

By themselves, unlike concrete cinder blocks, hempcrete blocks are not loadbearing, so they can’t be completely swapped out for timber home framing.

However, IsoHemp and others, including the Vicat Group in France, have developed an inner steel post-and-beam support system that can replace timber framing in the block walls.

HempBLOCK USA, a new Australian hemp block supplier, licenses the Vicat system for building in the United States.

“Cinder blocks operate on the premise of a vertical footing and a post beam around top of the house,” Glen Donoghoe of HempBLOCK USA told Hemp Build Mag. 

“The vertical post ties the building together to the beam, and hemp blocks do exactly the same thing.”

Installed blocks are covered with lime plaster or stucco.

Hempcrete has not yet made its way into U.S. building codes and is uncommon in regional or local builds, but building inspectors understand the steel cage and cement support system, Donoghoe said.

The BIOSYS system, licensed by HempBLOCK, uses precast interlocking hemp blocks that can also save labor and time. The outer walls of a house can be built by relatively unskilled labor within days, and about 70% faster than a concrete wall, Donoghoe said. In contrast, it takes about two months to construct outer walls with traditional stick framing, insulation, plastic wrap, siding and drywall.

Donoghoe runs the company from the mountains near Toulouse, France. Currently, he manages container shipments of BIOSYS blocks, about 600 per container, with binder or enough to build the walls of a 2,400 sq. foot home for around $30,000. Shipments from France take six to eight weeks, Donoghoe said. 

He acknowledges this delivery method is not carbon-neutral, but the system is working until a reliable U.S. supply chain can provide building quality hemp hurd in large quantities. 

 “If we can manufacture locally, reduce the carbon footprint and add value to local economies, people would be buying locally and we’d be employing people,” he said.  

“Everybody wins in this scenario.”

‘Lego’ system

Another load bearing hemp block system was developed by British Columbia-based JustBioFiber. 

“We’re the only pre-engineered structural building system based on hemp,” JustBioFiber CEO Denver-based Dave Ladouceur told Hemp Build Mag. 

“We take your drawings and floor plans and our software automatically converts them into block-engineered buildings.”

JustBioFiber made a splash with the Harmless Home, a magnificent hempcrete residence built in British Columbia for a private owner. https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2FH8efNdG7au4%3Ffeature%3Doembed&display_name=YouTube&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DH8efNdG7au4&image=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FH8efNdG7au4%2Fhqdefault.jpg&key=61d05c9d54e8455ea7a9677c366be814&type=text%2Fhtml&schema=youtube&wmode=opaque

But the company has its sights set on large developers building hotels and other large projects. JustBiofiber recently constructed a building on the campus of the University of Trent in Canada. 

The company also builds a foundation block out of recycled plastic which can save time compared to pouring cement foundations.  

“We are not the product to be found at Home Depot,” Ladouceur said. “Our focus is to become the premier sustainable building products company in the world. We are looking for large scale master developers who are going to make a commitment to JBF products in the market. Building one-off housines is not efficient for us,” he added. 

But the pandemic took its toll on the Calgary-based company, he said.

“We have back orders for millions of blocks we can’t fill,” he said.

The company is in talks to build factories in Texas, Missouri, Arizona and New Mexico, he added.

Adobe hemp blocks

Other U.S. engineers and architects have experimented with mixing hemp with other, more load-bearing materials, such as adobe clay, but commercial applications are not quite available in the market. 

Hemp blocks as insulation

Hemp blocks without the structural component can also replace expensive lumber when used as insulation. 

Pre-cured hempcrete bricks 8 x 16 x 6-inches installed with mortar by masonry professionals can be used along with a wood frame construction to provide “shear” horizontal support usually taken up by particle-board OSB.

Hemp blocks work well as insulation because of air pockets trapped in the fluffy hemp within the lime blocks. Unlike Portland cement, walls do not crack with freeze-thaw cycles because hemp and lime regulate moisture inside a building and wick it to the outside. Hemp insulated homes save on heating and cooling costs and have highly rated acoustic properties. 

Whether U.S. builders and consumers will embrace hemp blocks remains to be seen. But lumber prices may cause the U.S. construction industry to think outside the timber-framed box. 

“Changing construction habits is indeed a long term challenge,” IsoHemp’s De Bellefroid said. “Architects, contractors, project owners, we all need to adopt new ways of building.” 

But the hemp block’s thermal and acoustic insulation, water regulation, fire resistance as well as a negative carbon footprint makes it “a material that revolutionizes the building industry,” she added. 

Editor’s note: A JBS block video formerly seen on this story was incorrectly identified as featuring hemp blocks. The video featured another JBS product, a foam block.

Jean Lotus is editor and publisher of HempBuild Magazine. jeanlotus@hempbuildmag.com

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Imker bouwt kauwgomtoestel om en verkoopt voedsel voor bijen

Imker bouwt kauwgomtoestel om en verkoopt voedsel voor bijen

Een kauwgomautomaat met voeding voor bijen. Dat bedacht imker Bart Lenaerts uit Wijnegem. Hij plaatste het automaat zaterdagochtend aan zijn woning. Wie er 50 cent in steekt, krijgt een handvol zaadmix.
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Wie in zijn tuin graag een plekje wil omtoveren tot een walhalla voor buien, vlinders en hommels kan terecht bij imker Bart Lenaerts in Wijnegem. Veel heb je daar niet voor nodig. 50 cent en een tuintje is al voldoende.


De man kocht een oud kauwgomtoestel en vulde het met allerlei zaadjes. Een draai aan de knop en je krijgt een handvol dat je kan zaaien in je tuin. “Het is een mengsel van zaadjes waar bijen dol op zijn. Boekweit, koriander, goudbloem enzovoort”, vertelt Bart. 



De zaadjes kan je dan zaaien in je tuin en zo extra voedsel creëeren voor de diertjes. 

Je vindt het toestel in de Schoolstraat 117 in Wijnegem. 

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Plukgeluk

Plukgeluk

Plukgeluk wil volgend jaar samen met jongeren uit het district Antwerpen leren bomen kweken en planten op een halve hectare te Linkeroever. 5000 stuks en liefst met 500 kinderen. Plukgeluk wil tegelijk kinderen leren wat duurzame voeding is, hoe het voedselbos werkt en ze oefenen in natuurobservatie. Hoe we dat allemaal gaan doen kan je nalezen via deze link en je kan er ook op stemmen als het jou aanstaat. Eeuwige dank!

https://doemee.burgerbegroting.be/topics/89/entries/1981

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The Decentralized Human Organisation (DHO)

The Decentralized Human Organisation (DHO)

Welcoming Hypha’s Decentralized Human Organisation

It’s said that the next wave of enlightenment won’t be individuals but a group of people coming together with a deep, committed and purposeful vision.

We’re living through the modern day Renaissance, while simultaneously experiencing peaks of ecological, political, economic and social crises. Future societies will look back and say that the “Dark Ages” hadn’t quite ended yet.

The Dark Ages are almost over.

We’re at the dawn of welcoming in new systems of governance, thought and value distribution. Human awareness and consciousness is shifting from a local awareness to a global awareness.

“We’re not defending nature; we’re nature defending itself.” — Unknown

You are a part of this transition. Your awareness comes with the duty to bring your unique perspectives and gifts to this new paradigm.

It’s important not to have a revolution.

A revolution is merely a shift in power from one group of people to another within the same paradigm.

This isn’t a revolution for some. This is a Renaissance for all of humanity.

We’ll need to navigate this new terrain with impeccable integrity and dedication to this new paradigm.

Otherwise we may revert into old systems of exploitation and domination and merely walk away with a revolution.

The Decentralized Human Organisation (DHO)

The DHO is in many ways similar to a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organisation) Except in that it places the humans that comprise it in the center. Opposed to trying to automate humans away, the DHO seeks to automate the majority of tasks to empower humans to more effectively and joyfully collaborate.

The old paradigm told us to show up, punch the ticket, appease the boss and generally do what we’re told.

In the DHO there are no bosses. You are accountable to your role and the other team members. But, most of all, you’re accountable to your purpose, your passion, your personal growth and your gifts.

It’s your responsibility (your ability to respond) to identify your gifts, create a role that best empowers you to share these gifts, then contribute to the creation of a new paradigm.

No one can tell you how to do this, what your gifts are, or how you’d like to receive value for your gifts. This is up to you to decide.

It is up to the other members of the DAO to decide whether or not to receive these gifts. But, it’s not up to them to tell you how to give, how to contribute, or what your purpose is.

This is going to be awkward at first as we learn to take our first steps in this new paradigm of self-empowerment and freedom.

We’ll need to exercise our atrophied communication and relationship skills.

Skills that we had as children when we — without hesitation — spoke truthfully, expressing our thoughts, concerns, opinions and emotions.

This new paradigm will require us to fully show up, wounds and all.

What you make of this structure is up you.

Success here isn’t just making (literally) money. Success is changing money. It’s changing how and what we value as a society.

Sure, there is enormous value to be made and shared. However, true success is a thriving planet, with a purpose driven society where people are deeply and truly nourished.
Welcome to the dawn of of these new systems. We’re building them now and Hypha DHO is a live experiment.

DHO = Decentralised Human/Holacratic/Holonic Organism/Organization

The DHO scales using nested (holonic) circles and breaks down decision making and role patterns that emerged from the practices and organisational patterns of Holacracy.
We use the term organism because the DHO is a structure that allows human collaboration to behave as the cells of our bodies do. Our bodies have no rigid hierarchy, no top-down control mechanisms but are able to coordinate actives on a massive scale to create an entirely new being — a human. The same is true for the DHO. What this new being looks like us up to us.

Are You Ready?

Overview of the DHO

The DHO: dho.hypha.earth (site)
Rieki Cordon

August 13, 2019

 
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Ecologische solar boat project in volle vaart.

Ecologische solar boat project in volle vaart.

Vandaag werden we hartelijk ontvangen in de unieke wereld van kapitein Peter Van Elslander op zijn ecologische solarboat.
Een vaarwater van rust en ontspanning.

Voor ondernemer Peter Van Elslander is het duidelijk, zijn ecologische pleziervaarten zijn meer dan een bron van ontspanning., ze zijn vooral in hoge mate een solide en creatief aanbod inzake mobiele verplaatsingen op het water.

Geen enkele storende prikkel bij het varen, de afwezigheid van ronkende motoren, het varen over het water is zonder geluid, de solarboot glijdt stil en trillingsvrij over het wateroppervlak. Tijdens de tocht hebben we ons zalig in de divan genesteld en nuttigen we een heerlijk gekoelde drank, die altijd aan boord aanwezig zijn.

De onthaasting en de natuur vanop het water is een zalige belevenis. Geen mens die tijdens je verblijf beslag op je legt, zuivere ‘Quality time’ waarbij Captain Sunset samen met jou op zoek gaat naar begrippen rust en deze omkadert in zorgvrije momenten.

De afwezigheid van storende prikkels maken dit bijzonder concept tot puur genieten en geeft een mens een nieuwe dimensie.

Peter heeft een warm hart. Hij is begaan met zijn bootreizigers, zijn jarenlange ervaring als ondernemer heeft een echte en hechte know-how en band geschept van ecologische en stijlvolle aard.Een boottocht met de solarboot zal je gemoed en geest verrijken.

Alles verloopt volgens de hygiënische normen inzake de coronamaatregelen.
In augustus kan je nog de ganse maand genieten in de omgeving.
Eerste afvaart is 13:00, laatste afvaart is 17:30.
Reserveren is niet noodzakelijk. Prijs is €5 per persoon.
Het vertrekpunt is in augustus steeds de Plaisancebrug achter de Brusselpoort te Mechelen.

Andere mogelijke formules: Elke dag, van 1 augustus tot en met 31 augustus is het ook mogelijk de boot af te huren met Peter zelf als uw lieve, vriendelijke kapitein.
Dit is vanaf 18:30 mogelijk. Prijzen zijn €200 voor 2 uur varen, €150 voor 1 uur en €100 voor een half uurtje. Indien er onderweg ergens getafeld wordt bedraagt de prijs per ingegaan uur wachttijd €25.

Met veel plezier licht ik u verder in over de vele mogelijkheden hieromtrent om iets op uw maat te maken.

U mag tot en met 12 personen komen zolang deze van dezelfde bubbel zijn natuurlijk.
Vanaf september 2020 kan je ook onthaasten met een staycation.

Privé faciliteiten met vakantiesfeer:Vanaf 1 september is het ook mogelijk de boot te huren, de tarieven hiervoor heeft Peter nog niet beslist, maar er zijn ook meerdaagse tochten mogelijk met overnachting vanaf dan. Best is hiervoor telefonisch contact op te nemen om samen te overleggen en de mogelijke formules onderling te bespreken, gaande van inspirerende tot beloftevolle arrangementen voor privépersonen en beperkte zakenrelaties.Van samen genieten, het delen van eenzelfde ervaring heeft Captain Sunset met de solarboot zijn handelsmerk gemaakt en hiermee in Mechelen zowat uitgegroeid is tot een uniek concept.

Info : Peter Van Elslander- Captain Sunset – Solar Boat Trips Mechelen
GSM en Whatsapp: +32 476 37.57.51

Reportage & Foto’s : Eric Creve, Inge Sève.
BBONM 20.08.2020

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From Globalization To A Planetary Mindset

It’s time for new cooperative platforms that address irreducible interdependence.

 

Globalization as we have known it is over. Kaput. As John Gray summarily puts it in his contribution to Noema, “forget it.” For the British philosopher, we are returning to the pluralism that existed before the post-Cold War neoliberal expansion and even the recent centuries of Western hegemony. This is the fragmentation that Chinese thinker Yuk Hui also talks about in Noema. For him, that means any new order will arise at multiple starting points, or bifurcations, that depart from the course we were on.

 

There will be many possible permutations, from Cold War and economic decoupling between the two great powers, protectionist trade policies and immigration curbs. We will see a patchwork of industrial policies aimed at strengthening national resilience instead of global integration. So-called “robust” supply chains that are partly global and partly domestic to build in redundancy as a hedge against political or natural disruptions are already appearing. While the populist revolt dealt the death blow to globalization, alternative political dispositions waiting in the wings have also so far shown little interest in resuscitating it.

 

What remains, and is irreducible, is the planetary. Obviously, the global ecosystem, including climate and pandemics that cross borders, qualify as planetary. The challenges here are recognized as common and convergent for all.

 

Thus, reconciling the centrifugal pull of ingathering with the centripetal imperative of planetary cooperation is the so-called “primary contradiction” going forward.

 

This contradiction will play out across a global communications web that has spun a synchronized planetary consciousness in which all are aware of what everyone else is doing, or not doing, in more or less real time. Inexorably, a kind of global mind, or “noosphere” as Teilhard de Chardin envisioned it, is emerging. But it is today as much a terrain of contestation rooted in divergent political and cultural tempers, including an ever more differentiating splinternet, as a space of common ground.  

 

The “noopolitik” of the coming era could not be more different than the realpolitik of the last century. Rather than solid nation-states in which elites calculate balances of power, noopolitik is a transparent endeavor open to all manner of connected players in a now gaseous global realm in which nations are attempting to reclaim sovereignty even as the solidity they once assumed diminishes with every passing day.

 

The ultimate project of a planetary approach, therefore, is to forge a shared narrative for the noosphere. This doesn’t imply some one-size-fits-all Leviathan-like order that sets solutions to whatever ails the world, but a prevalent normative awareness that a cooperative approach is the only way to make irreducible interdependence work for each of us instead of against all of us.

 

That shared consciousness, or “noorative,” will only take hold in the first instance if its foundation rests not on wooly abstractions but on the existential imperative of cooperation in such clear and present realities as climate and pandemics. In effect, this noorative would combine the Chinese strategist Zheng Bijian’s idea of “building on a convergence of interests to establish a community of interests” with the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s notion of “planetary co-immunism,” as he explains in an interview with Noema.

 

This new order of cooperation, and the evolved consciousness that arises out of its concrete actions, can only be built one brick at a time through new planetary platforms. A “partnership of rivals” among nation-states and the “civilization-states” that are in conflict in some realms, but nonetheless have cross interests in others, is one such way. It can also be built through “networks of the willing” among both civil society and states so disposed. In other words, alternative, parallel practices and institutions will have to be built on another foundation than a U.N.-style “trade union for nations-states” in order to ultimately go beyond the lessening but still weighty pull of their inertia.

 

One example of this approach was embodied in the Berggruen Institute’s 21stCentury Council presentation to former Mexican President Felipe Calderón when he hosted the G20 in 2012 — the first time that supranational body tackled climate change. We proposed that while G20 summitry could set broad goals, it lacked the legitimacy to implement them across different jurisdictions. To that end we recommended that “a web of national and subnational networks should be fostered to provide global public goods, such as low-carbon growth, from below through ‘coalitions of the willing’ working together to build up a threshold of global change.”

 

Only once the trust- and legitimacy-building experience of new platforms that address climate and pandemics gain traction can that cooperative spirit meaningfully address other imminent planetary challenges — bioengineering, AI and the creation of inorganic life.

 

The time has arrived to stop regretting the lost illusions of globalization and start thinking of how to construct a new order grounded in the undeniable realities of interdependence.


Jonathan Zawada for Noema Magazine BY NATHAN GARDELS AUGUST 7, 2020 

 
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Agricultural hemp foods improve quality of, life

Restaurants Serving Agricultural Hemp Foods Improve Quality of Life

The oldest known food catering establishments dated as far back as the Song Dynasty (960-1279) whose paper money economy and healthy middle class allowed them to cater to the residents who lived there as well as travelers. All other examples of eating establishments came in the form of Inns and catered to the weary traveler. Though located in busy areas, the local residents were not patrons of these establishments.
The word Restaurant comes from the French Word Restaurur meaning “a food which restores”. The first restaurants emerging in Europe, specifically France, Spain and England in the 16th and 17th centuries served food family style or as buffets bringing people together to share a common meal. Waiters did not begin carrying around platters of food as a part of service until the beginning of the 18th century around the same time patrons began choosing items from a menu.

Throughout history, restaurants and eating establishments have provided nourishing social experiences locally and abroad. Community meetings are held in these spaces as well as personal and business engagements, making restaurants the backdrop for memorable human interactions. At this point there are so many restaurants in so many places many no longer eat at home preferring the convenience of a well cooked meal without having to deal with the business of making it. Serving a meal for people is an art that spans time and centuries, but today’s market is competitive and saturated.

It must be difficult to own and operate a restaurant. Politics, society and misinterpretations of what is real and healthy shape the decision businesses have to make. Tough times means cutting costs wherever possible and restaurants often times are forced to compromise quality products used in the foods served just to keep the lights on. To make matters more gloomy, today’s degrading economy brings health articles advising people not to eat out to avoid health issues and reports of families cutting their entertainment budgets to make ends meet.

What can a restaurant do to stand out in a sea of dining choices? Old marketing models sell atmosphere and service, friendly staff and discounts for large quantities of food. These models do not fit in a World where people care about what they eat. The staff can be as nice as they want, but ultimately, if the food lacks nutrition, there is no value in what’s being offered to the community.
Agricultural Hemp provides a solution. Hemp Seeds and Oils provide all of the amino acids, Omega 3 and 6’s and numerous other necessary nutrients the body needs to function properly. One is able to get the complete recommended daily supply in less than 3 Tablespoons of seed, oil or protein powder. On a molecular level, the proteins supplied by hemp rid the body of bad cells and replace them with new functioning cells daily. All of that and it’s organic, glutton free and hyper-allergenic.

Hemp Flour, Hemp Oil, Hemp Protein Powder and Hemp Seeds are easy to use as substitutions in recipes already served on the menu or inspire something new! Restaurants are able to boast the healthiest food in the market and the community benefits all the way down to the cellular level. It’s easy to produce effective, truthful marketing copy when the food served improves the quality of life in such a personal way. Mission statements should reflect the restaurants desire to serve food allowing them to live up to the standards the French name implies when defined as “a food which restores”.

Consumers have been known to choose healthier products and services over destructive ones. They have proven the value of focusing on buyers needs and many businesses have endured the downturn of the economy because of their commitments to the good of the communities they serve. This is the year to try something new and Agricultural Hemp Foods are a perfect way to show appreciation for your customers and communities as a whole. What could be more sustainable than that?
Get Hemp!! It is not only renewable it is Healthy for you!

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Gratis bomen voor voedselbossen

Dit najaar heeft het Food Forest Institute grote plannen. Met een hele boel enthousiaste partners zijn we bezig met de organisatie van The Biggest Tree Plant. Wat het precies is kunnen we nu nog niet zeggen, al kan de naam wel al het een en ander doen vermoeden.

Tijdens ‘The Biggest Tree Plant’ zullen er hoe dan ook bomen geplant worden, dit is zeker. Voor deze actie zijn we op zoek naar grondeigenaars die minstens 500 vierkante meter open grond bezitten met weinig tot geen bomen, om hier minstens 100 bomen op te zetten (eventueel vanaf 50 ook mogelijk). In kader van deze actie zullen we deze gratis weggeven, als zijn er hier enkele voorwaarden aan verbonden.

Heb je zelf een boeiend voedselbos-project in België? Neem dan enkele foto’s van je terrein, neem je toetsenbord of smartphone bij de hand en vul het volgend formulier in. Wie weet behoor jij tot één van de gelukkigen. Good Luck!