UK TIMBER MERCHANTS
cd777 at FreeNet.Carleton.CA
Mon Jun 12 20:17:24 EST 1995
Russell Bave (100145.2254 at CompuServe.COM) writes:
> UK Timber Merchants,
> Fancy setting up a WEB page ? or
> having a place to chat on the NET ?
> Ideas and thoughts please.
Please cease to encourage the cutting of trees for consumer products
now that there exists farm or agro-alternatives.
FOR more info reply with your fax # and I will send you
new-uses package from Hempenfolk International.
Here in Canada we are working with the Canadian Forestry Service
to preserve our already depleted - oxygen producing forests.
Respectfully yours - Donald Dean
To: verdant at twain.oit.umass.edu
Subject: Biomass energy conversion from hemp
Reply-To: cd777 at FreeNet.Carleton.CA
HEMPENFOLK INTERNATIONAL PLANTATIONS
125-1101 McLeod St. Ottawa, Canada. K2P 2C7.
Hempenfolk International Plantations is the Operational Division
of Hempenfolk International; and serves to carry out field research
and development of kanopli (hemp) crops.
Because of the terms and scope of its contract (sic) with the former
Soviet Union; Ukrainian agriculture is one of that nation's most
underutilized assets. Unmatched in its ability to produce, blessed
with fertile soil, plentiful water and moderate weather, Ukrainia's
farm fields are the nation's answer to the Russian and Middle East
oil fields. In fact, Ukrainia's farm fields are better than oil
fields because, if properly maintained, they are inexhaustible
and produce materials that do not harm the environment.
The new uses development strategy of the Board of Directors of
Hempenfolk International Plantations is based on the premise that
new non-food industrial and energy uses of farm crops and
by-products hold the key to the economic viability of Ukrainian
agriculture industries and rural communities as well as the energy
security of this nation in the 21st century.
Hempenfolk International Plantations in Partnership and Agreement
with the Ukraine Ministry of Interior Affairs and the Deputy Rector
of the University of Interior Affairs are seeking joint-venture
parties interested in the above project. Further co-operation,
terms and conditions can be additionally discussed by contacting
This document has been prepared from the files of:
Zolotonosha95 e-mail: cd777 at freenet.carleton.ca
125-1101 McLeod St. Ottawa, Canada. K2P 2C7.
Hempenfolk International serves as a consultantcy, promotional
organization and international clearing house for Ukrainian hemp
products and acts as a liaison between academia, industry, advocacy
groups, merchants and consumers in Canada and the Ukraine.
Our Ottawa office is composed of five directorates encompassing
interests in the general areas of textiles, paper products, food
and feeds, medicines and industrial/bio-energy applications.
Each of these specialty groups functions autonomously and
co-operatively within Hempenfolk International.
Guideposts for a Sustainable Future
Activities are sustainable when they:
1 - use materials in continuous cycles.
2 - use continuously renewable sources of energy.
3 - come mainly from the qualities of being human
(ie. creativity, communication, movement, appreciation,
and spiritual and intellectual development.)
Activities are not sustainable when they:
4 - reguire continual inputs of non-renewable resources.
5 - use renewable resources faster than their rate of renewal.
6 - cause cumulative degradation of the environment.
7 - reguire resources in quantities that could never be available for
8 - lead to the extinction of other life forms.
Participation is encouraged for all organizations and individuals
with an interest in Cannabis hemp (Kanopli).
The annual fee varies with the type of membership:
Corporate & Government Sponsorship:
Annual sustaining Fee $100.00.
Medical & Professional Sponsorship:
Annual sustaining Fee $100.00.
Farmers & Agri-food Industry:
Yearly Membership Fee $50.00.
Students: Yearly Membership Fee $20.00.
Please make cheque or money order payable to: Hempenfolk International
and mail to: 125-1101 McLeod Street
Ottawa, Ontario. K2P 2C7
or: Buduchnist Credit Union Limited
913 Carling Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario. K1Y 4E3
Tel: 1-613-565-1803 Fax: 1-613-565-0379
REGIONAL BIO-MASS PROGRAM:
Hemp is the best bio-mass producer on Earth: yields of 10 tonnes
or more per hectare are not un-common. Ukraine has no naturally
occuring fuel resources, especially oil and wood. Coal - although
plentiful in the Ukraine - is not an environmentally sound
alternative. It makes sense, then, to regionally, grow and process
environmentally safe fuels for the production of gas,
methanol/ethanol fuel oil and sulphur-free charcoal.
Without going into extensive detail, we note that Hemp can produce
fuel and industrial products in a variety of ways:
(a) Hemp produces prodigious amounts of seed, as much as 4 tonnes per
hectare. The seed produces a multi-purpose fixed oil. This is
presently used as a drying oil in paints, varnishes and the
manufacture of soap. However, Hemp oil can be converted to a quality
diesel oil, and to avoid over-processing, a motor has been developed
to run on Hemp oil.
(b) Using Pyrolysis, the technique of applying heat to organic matter in
the absence of air, Hemp can act as a feedstock to produce
high-quality charcoal, as well as condensable organic liquids
(pyrolitic fuel oil), non-condensable gas, acetic acid, acetone and
methanol. The process can be adjusted to favour charcoal, pyrolitic
oil, gas, or methanol production with a 95.5% fuel-to-feed efficiency.
Hemp can therefore be a source of sulphur-free charcoal heat, and we
note that in lesser-developed countries, most cooking is done with
charcoal produced by primitive pyrolosis from ever-diminishing
forests. The other pyrolitic products are self-evident: methanol as
a con-stituent of motor fuel, for example.
(c) The other method of processing bio-mass involves fermentation.
The major products are ethanol and methanol, with the possibility
of many other hydrocarbon distillates and gas such as methane. The
use for motor fuel is obvious; Brazil now produces gasoline with 20%
alcohol content. In Ontario, gasoline with 20% alcohol is now being
produced with alcohol distilled from corn. Corn as a bio-mass crop is
seriously inferior to Hemp. Corn requires excessive use of pesticides.
Corn also requires excessive use of herbicides such as Atrazine
recently implicated in the death of the East-Coast Cod fishery.
Corn is also shallowed-rooted, depletes the soil and requires
excessive fertilization. Two biomass processing plants are currently
being been built in Cornwall and Chatham; to process Eastern Ontario's
corn production, and more are planned.
In the Ukraine as well as in Ontario, it would only make sense to build
or convert existing refineries and plants to Hemp, and maintain the
environmental and economic viability of the farming community in a
sustainable and renewable cycle.
At the "1993 Biomass Conference Of the Americas" in Burlington Vermont,
their were nearly a dozen papers presented on bio-diesel. It was
recommended that farmers in the Northwestern United States could
achieve energy self sufficiency by planting ten (10)% of their
acreage in oilseed crops; sunflower or safflower to provide enough
fuel for tractors, irrigation and combines. Sunflower and safflower
yield typically 60 gallons per acre of vegetable oil. Hempseed yields
of up to 300 gallons of oil per acre have been reported yet there was
not one single mention of this promising fuel-oil seed crop anywhere
in the conference.
By farming only a small percentage of Ukrainia's present arable
acreage with Hemp for biomass, the Ukraine could provide for the
majority of it's domestic gas and oil energy needs and end it's
continued dependence on imported fossil fuels from Russia. The fuels
produced from Hemp give off no sulphur when burned, and would go a
long way to solving acid rain problems.
When Hemp is cultivated as an energy crop, carbon dioxide is taken
in and oxygen is released. When the fuel produced from Hemp is then
used, it releases carbon dioxide back into the air. Thus the carbon
dioxide cycle is balanced and the impending Global Warming crisis
may be averted.
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