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img_8077You know I like to have fun.  So here I am dancing with a scarf.  I also discuss what’s up with wearing scarves over your head and face.  It’s only a scarf but it does bring up a lot of emotions.

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Top 7 Health and Nutrition Benefits of Persimmon

Originally published on Healthline.com

Top 7 Health and Nutrition Benefits of Persimmon

Originally from China, persimmon trees have been grown for thousands of years for their delicious fruit and beautiful wood.

Their orange-colored fruits called persimmons are known for their sweet, honey-like flavor.

While hundreds of types exist, the Hachiya and Fuyu varieties are among the most popular.

The heart-shaped Hachiya persimmons are astringent, meaning they are very high in plant chemicals called tannins that give the unripe fruit a dry, bitter taste.

This type of persimmon needs to be fully ripe before eating.

Fuyu persimmons also contain tannins, but they are considered non-astringent. Unlike Hachiya persimmons, the crisp, tomato-shaped Fuyu variety can be enjoyed even when not completely ripe.

Persimmons can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked and are commonly used around the world in jellies, drinks, pies, curries and puddings.

Not only are persimmons tasty, they’re packed with nutrients that can benefit your health in several ways.

Here are 7 benefits of persimmons, including how to incorporate them into your diet.

1. Loaded With Nutrients

Though small in size, persimmons are packed with an impressive amount of nutrients.

In fact, one persimmon (168 grams) contains (1):

  • Calories: 118
  • Carbs: 31 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Fat: 0.3 grams
  • Fiber: 6 grams
  • Vitamin A: 55% of the RDI
  • Vitamin C: 22% of the RDI
  • Vitamin E: 6% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K: 5% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): 8% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 8% of the RDI
  • Copper: 9% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDI

Persimmons are also a good source of thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), folate, magnesium and phosphorus.

These colorful fruits are low in calories and loaded with fiber, making them a weight loss-friendly food.

Just one persimmon contains over half the recommended intake of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin critical for immune function, vision and fetal development (2).

Aside from vitamins and minerals, persimmons contain a wide array of plant compounds, including tannins, flavonoids and carotenoids, which can positively impact your health (3).

The leaves of the persimmon fruit are also high in vitamin C, tannins and fiber, as well as a common ingredient in therapeutic teas.

2. Excellent Source of Powerful Antioxidants

Persimmons contain beneficial plant compounds that have antioxidant qualities.

Antioxidants help prevent or slow cell damage by counteracting oxidative stress, a process triggered by unstable molecules called free radicals.

Oxidative stress has been linked to certain chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s (5).

Fortunately, consuming antioxidant-rich foods like persimmons can help fight oxidative stress and may decrease the risk of certain chronic diseases.

Diets high in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants found in high concentrations in the skin and flesh of persimmons, have been linked to lower rates of heart disease, age-related mental decline and lung cancer (6).

Persimmons are also rich in carotenoid antioxidants like beta-carotene, a pigment found in many brightly colored fruits and vegetables.

Studies have linked diets high in beta-carotene to a lower risk of heart disease, lung cancer, colorectal cancer and metabolic disease (7).

Additionally, a study in over 37,000 people found that those with a high dietary intake of beta-carotene had a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

3. May Benefit Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and negatively impacts the lives of millions of people (9).

Fortunately, most types of heart disease can be prevented by reducing risk factors, such as an unhealthy diet.

The powerful combination of nutrients found in persimmons makes them an excellent choice for boosting heart health.

Persimmons contain flavonoid antioxidants, including quercetin and kaempferol.

Consuming a diet high in flavonoids has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease in several studies.

For example, a study in over 98,000 people found those with the highest intake of flavonoids had 18% fewer deaths from heart-related issues, compared to those with the lowest intake (10).

Diets high in flavonoid-rich foods can support heart health by lowering blood pressure, reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol and decreasing inflammation (11).

What’s more, the tannins that give unripe persimmons their mouth-puckering bitterness may lower blood pressure.

Many animal studies have shown that tannic acid and gallic acid, both found in persimmons, are effective at lowering high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease.

4. May Help Reduce Inflammation

Conditions like heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, cancer and obesity are all linked to chronic inflammation.

Luckily, choosing foods that are high in anti-inflammatory compounds can help reduce inflammation and lower disease risk.

Persimmons are an excellent source of the potent antioxidant vitamin C. In fact, one persimmon contains 20% of the recommended daily intake.

Vitamin C helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and combats inflammation in the body.

Vitamin C reduces free radical damage by donating an electron to these unstable molecules, thus neutralizing them and preventing them from causing further harm.

C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 are substances produced by the body in reaction to inflammation.

An eight-week study in 64 obese people found that supplementing with 500 mg of vitamin C twice daily significantly reduced levels of C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 (15).

Plus, large studies have linked higher dietary intake of vitamin C to a reduced risk of inflammatory conditions like heart disease, prostate cancer and diabetes (16, 17, 18).

Persimmons also contain carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamin E, all of which are potent antioxidants that fight inflammation in the body.

5. Rich in Fiber

Having too much cholesterol, especially “bad” LDL cholesterol, can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack.

Foods high in soluble fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, can help lower high cholesterol levels by helping the body excrete excess amounts of it.

Persimmons are a high-fiber fruit that has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol levels.

One study found that adults who consumed cookie bars containing persimmon fiber three times a day for 12 weeks experienced a significant decrease in LDL cholesterol, compared to those who ate bars that did not contain persimmon fiber (22).

Fiber is also important for regular bowel movements and can help reduce high blood sugar levels.

Soluble fiber-rich foods like persimmons slow carbohydrate digestion and sugar absorption, which helps prevent blood sugar spikes.

A study in 117 people with diabetes showed that increased consumption of soluble dietary fiber led to significant improvements in blood sugar levels (23).

Plus, fiber helps fuel the “good” bacteria in your intestines, which can positively impact your digestive and overall health.

6. Support Healthy Vision

Persimmons provide lots of vitamin A and antioxidants that are critical for eye health.

In fact, one persimmon delivers 55% of the recommended intake of vitamin A.

Vitamin A supports the functioning of the conjunctival membranes and cornea. Moreover, it is an essential component of rhodopsin, a protein necessary for normal vision (25).

Persimmons also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoid antioxidants that promote healthy vision.

These substances are found in high levels in the retina, a light-sensitive layer of tissue in the back of the eye.

Diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin may reduce the risk of certain eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, a disease that impacts the retina and can cause vision loss (26).

In fact, a study in over 100,000 people found that those who consumed the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin had a 40% lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration than those who consumed the least amounts.

7. Delicious and Easy to Add to Your Diet

Persimmons can be added to a variety of dishes to provide an extra boost of nutrition.

These fruits can be enjoyed fresh as a simple snack or used in delicious recipes. In fact, they pair excellently with both sweet and savory foods.

Here are some ways to add persimmons to your diet:

  • Slice persimmons onto a salad for a flavorful addition.
  • Top your morning yogurt or oatmeal with fresh or cooked persimmon for a burst of natural sweetness.
  • Roast persimmons in the oven and drizzle with honey for a tasty and healthy dessert.
  • Mix dried or fresh persimmon into muffin, bread or cake mix.
    Combine with berries and citrus fruits for a delicious fruit salad.
  • Broil persimmon and serve with baked Brie for a tasty appetizer.
  • Bake persimmons with chicken or meat for a unique flavor combination.
  • Throw frozen persimmons into your favorite smoothie recipe for extra nutrients.
  • Slice and dry persimmons in the oven to make natural fruit strips.

The Bottom Line

Persimmons are sweet, versatile fruits full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and beneficial plant compounds.

What’s more, they may promote heart health, reduce inflammation, support healthy vision and keep your digestive system healthy.

Plus, they are tasty and pair well with many foods.

With all the benefits that persimmons have to offer, adding these tasty fruits to your diet should be a no-brainer.

Wishing You A Silent Night

This Christmas season I worked on a few Christmas Songs. Some were more difficult than others. I’ve Always loved Silent Night since I was a child.

My Christmas wish for the world is that we will have Peace on Earth and Many Silent Nights.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza and Happy New Year!! 2019 is going to be awesome!!

Keep dreaming and don’t give up because your dreams are waiting for you. 😘😘😘

Salsa De Mazapán

Salsa De Mazapán

Recetas originalmente publicadas en la cocina vegana orgánica
Los ingredientes

Harina De Almendras (Almendras Finamente Molidas) 50g

Esencia De Almendras (Base Sin Alcohol) 70ml

Leche De Soja Sin Endulzar 130ml

Tofu firme 1/2 bloque (150gm)

Goma Xantana 1/2 cucharadita

Agua 300 ml

Direcciones:

Paso 1: Hornee la comida de almendra y los anacardos a 220-250 ° C durante aproximadamente 6-10 minutos.

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Paso 2: Poner la leche de soja en la licuadora.

Paso 3: Agregue la harina de almendras al horno y los anacardos en la licuadora y mezcle durante 1-2 minutos.

Paso 4: Agregue el azúcar morena, la sal, el tofu, la esencia de almendra y la vainilla. Mezclar durante 1 minuto o hasta que esté bien mezclado.

Paso 5: Cerca del final de la mezcla agregar el aceite de coco.

Paso 6: Agregue el agua y la goma xantana y mezcle durante 30 segundos hasta que la textura sea consistente.

Paso 7: Hace alrededor de 800 ml y se mantiene durante aproximadamente 2 semanas en el refrigerador.

La salsa de mazapán se almacena mejor en el refrigerador durante 1 día para espesar antes de servir. Vierta sobre los pasteles, cereales, helados de pan o pudines. Añadir a agua tibia para una bebida refrescante. El tamaño de la porción es generalmente 20-30ml.

Dear Men, I’m Sorry You Can’t Cry

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Males have always had a big impact on my life.  I have three older brothers and a Father and I also worked in probably the most masculine of career fields on the planet which was in a State Prison Facility.  Talk about masculine energy.

The men I know are very strong physically and mentally.  They are wildly creative and were athletic and hulk strong.  I could write a bunch of stories about their strength but that’s not the point of this writing.

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While working in law enforcement there was always this thing about being prepared for the unexpected.  Being ready for whatever happened and making sure to stay strong physically.  Physical training was essential and just a lot of ego and strength.

One thing I started to see was that when men would get hurt emotionally, they would take it very hard.  Most of the time the way they dealt with their pain was just to not discuss it, stay strong and suffer in silence.  If I knew of a man who got a divorce or had some losses, in general they had a bit of a hard time bouncing back.

Then there is this whole thing about how “Real Men Don’t cry,”  “Suck it up buttercup” and other slogans that encourage you to be strong and persevere through difficult times. But sometimes things are difficult and the if men get sad and depressed they often have a difficult time expressing themselves.  Maybe they cry but it’s not typical behavior.  In fact  I don’t think I ever really saw my brothers cry.  Maybe if they got hurt really bad but just not a lot of male crying. Me on the other hand was crying every time the wind blew.  I would cry over the way they would talk to me or if they would say something mean, I would cry.

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It’s one of those things that men just don’t want to deal with but there can be negative consequences of holding in your feelings.  Side effects of not crying here.  Here are some benefits of crying.  

This suffering in silence is a real problem.  So what do you do if you have a problem but you can’t discuss it?  What happens?  In general it seems to me that not discussing an issue doesn’t solve anything and in fact can make things worse.  It’s like covering a something really stinky with a pretty blanket.  You won’t see it but you will smell it.  Until you get that blanket, take it off and shine some light on the problem will you be able to get rid of that problem.  And sometimes it takes professional help to be able to get yourself right.  There’s not an easy answer.

So yeah men, I’m really sorry that it can be difficult to express your emotions.  Art is a great way to express yourself, meditation and hiking. And don’t ever forget the benefits of silence.

Anyway I just wanted to apologize that things are the way they are and you can always feel free to cry.  It will be OK.  It’s amazing how much better you feel after a good cry. Then you’ll be ready for a brand new day.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach in Northern California.  She believes that as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.

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Certified Healthcare consultant – Benefits To co-ordinate with Health Consultant

Certified Healthcare consultant

In this fast-moving world, it is difficult for most people around the world to maintain a work-life balance. A simple 9 to 5 job, takes an ample amount of time of a person’s life and leaves behind a few hours that is passed in eating and sleep. This boring routine has created such worse condition for this generation that we are prone to get diseases in comparison to the previous generation. As a matter of fact, by 2040, the number of diabetes and hypertension patients will cross 30% of the world population.  This is an alarming situation and has to be tackled appropriately otherwise things have already started to move towards a catastrophic situation.

To put your work-life balance under control and simultaneously enjoy a healthy life, you need a Certified Healthcare consultant. A health coach is also known as wellness coach who has the experience and knowledge of analyzing and formatting a unique schedule for an individual to follow and get better health. This schedule includes various forms of dietary foods, exercises, motivational interactions, psychological boost etc. If you hire a health coach, you will be getting an all-around health management services that will tackle your psychological as well as the physical issue. To make you understand in a glance, these are the few points that state the benefits of hiring a health coach.

  1. Total wellness: People suffer from various issues that might be mental or physical and to solve that, they often make rounds of sessions with a psychologist, physiologists, and physiotherapist. Hiring a health coach gives you a benefit of getting the services of the above mentioned three by a single person. Health coaches are well versed with those three aspects of science and can provide you with the best schedule to follow for enjoying a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Assessment: Every person has their own caliber to perform any kind of task. Only a calm-minded professional can understand the triggering points of its clients and how to channel it into positive energy. A health coach is a mentally composed person who understands your “psychological fight” and according to that, prepares routines and schedules to help you overcome your fears, doubts, and scones.
  3. Goal setting: It is an evident fact that many people join the gym for building their dream physique but only a handful remains for a long time. The reason behind this is the level of commitment people show towards building fitness. Now, a health coach can set the goals that will make you acknowledge your progress slowly and steadily. They not only make you feel motivated to work harder but also keep you on track to prevent you from deviating from your set goal of “getting fit”.

These few points state the importance of health coach and the level of positive impact they could have on people. So if you ever need any professional health in rebuilding your health and get the best physique and shape, you always craved for, hire the Certified Healthcare consultant ofenlightenyourlives.com. They are one of the leading companies who has reshaped many people boring lives into thriving and enjoyable ones.

Marzipan Sauce

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Recipes Originally Published on Organic Vegan Cuisine

Ingredients  

Almond Meal (Finely Ground Almonds) 50g

Almond Essence (Non-Alcohol Base) 70ml

Non-Sweetened Soya Milk 130ml

Firm Tofu 1/2 block (150gm)

Xanthan Gum 1/2 tsp

Water 300 ml

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Directions:

Step 1: Bake Almond Meal & cashews at 220-250 C For about 6-10 Minutes.

Step 2: Put Soya Milk into the blender.

Step 3: Add the baked almond meal and cashews into the blender and blend for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4: Add the Brown sugar, salt, tofu, almond essence and vanilla. Blend for 1 minute or until mixed well.

Step 5: Near the end of blending add the coconut oil .

Step 6: Add the water and Xanthan gum and blend for 30 seconds until the texture is is consistent.

Step 7: Makes around 800 ml and keeps for around 2 weeks in refrigerator.

The Marzipan sauce is best stored in the refrigerator for 1 day to thicken before serving. Pour over cakes, cereal, , bread ice cream or puddings. Add to warm water for a refreshing drink. Serving size is usually 20-30ml.

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We Should Be Pouring Time And Money Into Hemp, Period.

Originally Published on forbes.com on September 30, 2018 By Janet Burns

We Should Be Pouring Time And Money Into Hemp, Period

A ladybug crawls on the leaf of a hemp plant grown for medical research purposes at the Royal Agricultural Station Pang Da in Samoeng, Chiang Mai province, Thailand, on Friday, July 6, 2018. (Credit: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg)

For centuries, North Americans have utilized hemp in their homes, diets, and health regimens. For decades, we’ve also turned to imported products to meet much of our growing need.

And now, after years of major change for US agriculture and industry, real investment in this versatile crop stands to significantly elevate our economy and quality of life for generations to come.

The idea of upping hemp production is already common ground politically. As farmers have faced water shortages, unstable markets, and punishing seasonal conditions, communities around the country have pressured lawmakers to help them restore US agriculture with more profitable, sustainable plants.

Hemp has long been seen to fit that bill. Best known for its use in textiles, it offers wide-ranging applications that countless sectors are keen to get in on.

For example, hemp seeds in whole or processed form contain an impressive amount of protein, nutrients, and essential fatty acids, among other things — offering an efficient way to boost nutrition in human and animal diets — while hempseed oil has increasingly become a preferred ingredient in common food, beauty, and health products.

Its sturdy fibers have also been put to growing use in high-quality plastics and auto paneling, durable building materials, and other common industrial commodities. And when it comes to environmental impact, hemp is not only a low-fuss crop capable of flourishing in US farmland; it can also clean up tainted water and soil, bully weeds away, and be converted into biodiesel.

Unlike other Cannabis sativa varieties and hybrids, which are mostly grown for their chemically potent flowers (or ‘buds’), hemp is also legally distinguished from marijuana in the US as containing less than 0.3% of the cannabinoid chemical THC — considered to be the most intoxicating, psychoactive component in cannabis plants, as well as a treatment option for certain serious illnesses.

So while hemp crops can be used to extract the non-intoxicating chemical cannabidiol, or CBD, which has a demonstrated and growing list of compelling health uses, they can’t get anyone high.

In short, it’s no wonder that hemp has been described as an industrial ‘miracle plant.’

See also: Coca-Cola Is Considering CBD For Infused Beverage Line 

For Rocc Johnson, owner and operator of New Orleans’ Uptown Hemp, the plant has become both his calling in life and a way to revitalize the economy in his home state.

“I’m so excited and humbled to be part of the [cannabis] industry that’s coming to Louisiana,” he commented by phone. “For me, it’s not about money at all; it’s about a better way of life, and helping people get the knowledge to help other people.”

Johnson said he got the idea to get involved in marijuana and hemp from his uncle, a member of Louisiana’s National Guard, and from his mother, who died from cancer in 2011 after “never smoking or drinking in her life.”

Prior to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which caused widespread destruction and fatalities across New Orleans, Johnson had moved to California, and spent years there soaking up knowledge and culture around cannabis plants and the industry. After witnessing the pain and nausea his mother experienced during her treatment, Johnson decided to help bring the medicinal and economic value of cannabis back to his hometown, starting with hemp.

Since 2013, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR), and other members of Congress have been gathering support to bolster hemp production through this process; they also helped to pass a 2014 version of the package, currently in effect, with new allowances for agricultural hemp pilot programs.

Like most major bills, the latest Farm Bill has not been free of controversy. At present, legislators have seemingly missed their Sept. 30 deadline to approve the package, which has stirred numerous arguments in Congress over its core principles, funding levels, and a proposed work requirement for low-income recipients of food assistance.

Under the Senate-approved version of the bill, hemp and derivatives, hemp extracts, and cannabinoids derived from hemp “would be treated as agricultural commodities and removed from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Enforcement Administration,” according to CannaLawBlog.

The more recently House-approved version, which introduced the well-publicized provision affecting up to two million Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, doesn’t take such steps to remove federal barriers around hemp. It also stipulates that anyone with a felony drug conviction would be barred indefinitely from participating in federal or state hemp programs.

According to many industry members, the latter provision — which would become permanent law, requiring change at the federal level to get rid of — would also exclude key populations from contributing to and benefiting from an enriched industry.

Cannabis entrepreneur and organizer Bonita “Bo” Money called the idea of blocking members of the previous illegal industry from joining the new, legal one “ridiculous” — much like hemp’s continued Schedule I drug status, she said.

Money, who founded the National Diversity and Inclusion Cannabis Alliance (NDICA) and left a Hollywood career to promote equity in cannabis businesses, explained that the programs she helps run in California and Wisconsin take the opposite stance on prior experience.

“Here in Los Angeles, we make sure that applicants to our equity program have had a cannabis conviction, or come from zip codes affected by the war on drugs,” Money said. “For [lawmakers] to ban people with experience working in hemp from doing so again is ridiculous.”

In Wisconsin, she and her team are in the process of setting up the only social equity, Black-owned hemp farm in the state, where they hope to create more jobs for Black farmers, and plan to primarily hire military veterans and ex-offenders under the US’ long drug war — in other words, people with the need and/or skills for this new career.

See also: Canadian Military Green-Lights Cannabis Use For Most Personnel

As in Los Angeles’ equity program, the group will offer participants mentorship, job placement, and help with starting businesses in Wisconsin’s hemp industry, where close to 220 hemp licenses have already been issued under the current Farm Bill; they also plan to provide on-site housing for participants struggling with homelessness, which often impacts veterans and those recently released from prison.

“By not allowing ex-offenders to work, and not giving support and licenses to black farmers and small businesses, [officials] are trying to keep people of color out of a billion-dollar industry that they paid the price for.”

Rather than keeping people out of the industry, Money thinks regulators should focus on helping farmers sell their products: for example, by connecting them with the “biomass brokers” who deal in the fibers, stalks, and seed matter produced by industrial hemp. “What I’m finding is that a lot of farmers in Wisconsin don’t know what to do with their products,” she said. “We tried to get a list of licensed farmers to help connect them with brokers, but the state wouldn’t release that list.”

In the meantime, Money said, the hemp industry is continuing to grow under current legal conditions, though a Wisconsin rule prohibiting hemp extracts had been requiring her to export hemp from the state for extraction. Still, business is good, she said. “We have investors approaching us all the time, wanting to be a part of what we’re doing.”

Hemp activist and entrepreneur Joy Beckerman, who has spent decades building the US hemp movement, and assists many of the world’s leading hemp advocacy and industry groups, said it’s still likely that Congress will pass a pro-hemp version of the Farm Bill in the coming months — hopefully without added blows to communities that have been hurt most by nearly a century of cannabis prohibition.

“As data have proven over and over again, the war on drugs has dramatically, disproportionately impacted minorities and people of color, and [bans on ex-offenders] would continue that discrimination,” Beckerman commented by phone.

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Cannabis entrepreneur and activist Bonita “Bo” Money poses with plants in a field of hemp. (Courtesy Bonita Money)Credit: Bonita Money

She also believes that the Senate’s Farm Bill would alleviate confusion caused by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)’s issuance of conflicting “guidance” to state and federal agencies, which leaves them “scratching their heads,” and often “bullies them into making decisions that directly contradict the legislative intent and spirit of the last version of the Farm Bill,” Beckerman said.

“This version of the Farm Bill deliberately amends six different Acts and broadens the definition of ‘hemp’ to fully and finally remove all ambiguities and make way for hemp as an agricultural commodity in the United States of America, with crop insurance and all,” Beckerman explained.

To illustrate how hemp programs can wither without proper support, she pointed to California, where regulators continue struggling to keep up with rules and infrastructure for the more potent (and popular) marijuana industry, from lab tests to license approvals; the state’s hemp operators, meanwhile, are still waiting for their official license application to come out.

Even though Congress didn’t pass such a bill in time to move on from the 2014 version yet, Beckerman said, farmers and leaders can continue under the permanent protection of the current agricultural pilot program pathway to learn how and where to invest their time and resources in the industry, rather than dive in without a strategy in place.

“Folks at the various state Departments of Agriculture are so excited to bring in hemp – excited to introduce any crop, really, and especially to reintroduce this extraordinarily versatile one,” Beckerman said. “But they’re not experts; they’re learning like anybody else. So getting in there, looking at proposed legislation and rules to make sure [proposals] actually make sense for the crop – on an agronomic level, on a regulatory level – and monitoring changes to that legislation, regulation, or industry, is common sense.” She went on,

The repeal of prohibition of marijuana, the repeal of prohibition of industrial hemp, has never been done in the US before. And right now it’s about the chopping of the wood, the carrying of the water, and engaging in the process, and bringing it all the way home. The work is just beginning.

Beckerman also urged supporters of hemp (and of its danker cousin) to be more vigilant than ever about federal and state-level law and policy moves going forward. “Special interests and residual hysteria will continue to try to get in there, to stomp on the little guy, and on consumer rights and safety, and to over-regulate, so it’s more important than ever that we organize and engage,” she said.

“Farmers are suffering around the country; the soil is suffering.”

All told, a strong American hemp industry could provide billions of dollars in renewable revenues and hundreds of thousands of jobs, especially in regions that have been devastated by damaging and/or departed industries and under-invested social resources, Beckerman said.

Money pointed out that hemp is already poised to outshine recreational and medical cannabis production, and that CBD products (which hemp can provide) are currently outselling THC products at a rate of 10:1.

“Moving forward, hemp will be even bigger than cannabis,” she said. “[Lawmakers] need to look at the history: when George Washington was president, people were required to grow hemp. If they didn’t, he’d throw them in jail.”

She continued, “Hemp affects so many industries — its uses are never-ending — and I think the government is afraid of that.”

” Hemp could change the world, not just the US. It will change communities, it will change the way we treat medically. It will improve our lifestyle, completely.”

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to create generational wealth for their families,” Money added, “and to have that quality of life.”

Janet Burns

I’m a freelance writer covering tech, media, science, and culture. My background includes the areas of writing, editing, and education, and I received Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees from the University of British Columbia and California State University, East Bay, respectively. My work’s also been published by mental_floss, AlterNet, Salon, and the Atlantic’s CityLab, among others. For more of it, check out my online portfolio at janetburns.contently.com or my cannabis news and culture podcast at patreon.com/TheToke.

Cooks and Eaters of the World Unite/ Cocineros y Comedores del Mundo Unidos

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Sometimes I think of some of the problems of the world and I come up with the  easiest solutions.  I think, “Seriously am I the only one thinking this?”  I don’t think I can be the only one who thinks this but anyway here’s my big idea to feed people more healthy food, bring people together, eliminate waste and just make this world a little better.

A veces pienso en algunos de los problemas del mundo y se me ocurren las soluciones más fáciles. Pienso: "¿En serio, soy el único que piensa esto?" No creo que pueda ser el único que piense esto, pero de todos modos, esta es mi gran idea de alimentar a las personas con alimentos más saludables, reunir a las personas, eliminar el desperdicio y hacer que este mundo sea un poco mejor.

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Although everybody eats, my plan involves two groups Cookers vs eaters.  The cooks do just that cook (they can eat too) and the eaters eat (they can cook too.)  So the scenario would go something like this.  I am making a big pot of the Best Ever Mushroom Soup .  I can’t eat it all by myself and I know my good friend who likes to eat (he’s an eater) can come over to eat my soup or I can just give it to him to go.

And eaters serve such an important purpose.  By eating healthy food, it can support a zero waste lifestyle and I’m sure the cook appreciates you eating their food.  So you are doing a great service to humanity by eating.  Thank you and don’t feel bad or guilty for eating at someone’s house or accepting their food.  They obviously must care about you to offer you something to eat.  And face it, everyone needs help once in a while.  Who knows maybe next time you can whip up something for your favorite cook.

So wait isn’t the cook getting screwed over?  I mean they did all the cooking and the eater just came over and ate and didn’t contribute?  Well their contribution was eating the food, my friends will bring me something if I need it.  Nuts, sugar,chia seeds… They will say what can I get for you or I just start getting blessed by strangers.  It just gets the giving circle going.  So GIVE GIVE GIVE.  You’ll get back way more than you give.  Give it a go.

I miss the days when I could get off work and go home to a meal ready to eat.  My mom used to cook every night from scratch.  Thanks Mom!!  I  have very big shoes to fill.  Now I cook and eat, share my food with friends and things are going pretty smoothly.

Aunque todos comen, mi plan involucra dos grupos: Cocineros y comedores. Los cocineros hacen exactamente eso (también pueden comer) y los comedores (también pueden cocinar). Así que el escenario sería algo así. Estoy haciendo una olla grande de la Mejor Sopa de Champiñones de todos los tiempos. No puedo comerlo todo solo y sé que mi buen amigo a quien le gusta comer (él come) puede venir a comer mi sopa o solo puedo dársela para que se la lleve.

Y los comedores tienen un propósito tan importante. Al comer aliments saludables, puede mantener un estilo de vida sin desperdicios y 
estoy seguro de que el cocinero lo aprecia al comerlos. Así que estás haciendo un gran servicio a la humanidad comiendo. Gracias y no te 
sientas mal o culpable por comer en la casa de alguien o aceptar su 
comida. Ellos obviamente deben preocuparse por ti para ofrecerte algo de comer. Y acéptalo, todos necesitan ayuda de vez en cuando. Quién sabe, tal vez la próxima vez puedas preparar algo para tu cocinero 
favorito.

Así que espere, ¿no se está jodiendo el cocinero? Quiero decir que 
hicieron toda la comida y el que comió vino y comió y no contribuyó. Bueno, su contribución fue comer la comida, mis amigos me traerán 
algo si lo necesito. Nueces, azúcar, semillas de chia ... Ellos dirán qué puedo obtener para ti o simplemente empiezo a ser bendecido por extraños. Simplemente pone en marcha el círculo de dar. Así que da da da. Volverás mucho más de lo que das. Darle una oportunidad.

Extraño los días en que podía salir del trabajo e ir a casa a una 
comida lista para comer. Mi mamá solía cocinar todas las noches 
desde cero. ¡¡Gracias mamá!! Tengo zapatos muy grandes para llenar. Ahora cocino y como, comparto mi comida con amigos y las cosas van bastante bien.

MOM:VALValerie a Health and Wellness Coach is with her mom at her Birthday Party.  Valerie believes as you heal yourself you eat the planet.

Valerie, una entrenadora de salud y bienestar, está con su madre en 
su fiesta de cumpleaños. Valerie cree que mientras te curas te comes el planeta.