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“Based on claims made on your product’s label, we have determined that your Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug –  Federal Drug Administration  letter to General Mills, posted on the FDA’s website, May 12, 2009.

CheerLeafWith today’s Alternet headline, “Cheerios are a Drug? FDA’s Surprising Letter to General Mills”, the government’s subservience to Big Pharma should be obvious to mainstream America. By claiming that it’s product could lower bad cholesterol, General Mills challenges the notion that only pharmaceutical preparations can be considered therapeutic. This monopoly on medicine and suppression of natural plant cures (until pharmaceutical patents can be acquired) mirrors our experience with medical marijuana and hemp seed food products, both targets of government control and misinformation.

Jethro Kloss knew in the 1920’s that oats were good for us – it just took modern science to explain exactly how – “used to lower cholesterol and prevent, lessen or treat the disease hypercholesterolemia, and to treat and prevent coronary heart disease” (FDA quote). Interestingly, Cannabis Hemp seed oil (available alongside flax oil at your local health food store), having been called “Nature’s Perfect Oil” by Udo Erasmus for it’s Essential Fatty Acid profile and unsaturated fats that drive down bad cholesterol, is also used as a healthy replacement food.

ctc1This video from the Second Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in 2002, hosted by Patients Out of Time, features Mary Beth Augustine, an Integrative Medicine Nutritionist, describing the nutritional profile of hemp oil and compares it to Flax, Fish and Soy oils.Hemp Oil Nutrutional Profile, MaryBeth Augustine, RD,CDN

fxglveThe confusion about plants and drugs seems rampant these days. Like Digitalis from the plant Foxglove, THC is derived from Cannabis. Our government warns us about the “new, more powerful marijuana” with high levels of THC, yet allows pure THC in the form of Marinol to be prescribed as a Schedule Three medicine. I hope beautiful Foxglove flowers will not also be banned from our gardens.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2007 observation that marijuana was “not a drug, just a leaf” was a rare moment of clarity in an issue that affects us all – corporate control of food production and medicinal plants.Arnold Schwarzenegger – *Marijuana Not a Drug, Just a Leaf*

On a similar theme, last March at the United Nation’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna, Austria, Bolivian President Evo Morales chews on a cocoa leaf while urging the CND to remove the cocoa plant from it’s list of banned substances, as the natural plant  is “not a drug but a traditional medicine”.   Morales at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

I wrote last year about the worldwide corporate race to pharmaceuticalize Cannabis – to patent Cannabinoid derivatives and concentrates, while governments and the UN continue to deny access to the natural plant. Also, current U.S. legislation that would restrict what foods we grow in our own gardens and buy in Farmer’s Markets is awakening many to the new threat from Big Brother.

jeff2 If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”
– Thomas Jefferson

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Headline: April.14.2008Riots, Instability Spread as Food Prices SkyrocketImpoverished peoples around the world have taken to the streets protesting rapidly rising food prices and runs on staple commodities like rice are causing shortages even in developed countries.  The reasons for the crisis include high fuel prices and demand on food crops like corn for ethanol fuel production.

As the following video explains, government subsidies for ethanol production have exasperated the situation, raising feed costs and prices for all meat, dairy and egg products, in addition to cereal grains and other foods.Biofuel Backlash

Ironically, corn is actually a poor choice for ethanol production and has other consequences for the environment. Sugar-rich plants like Sugar Beets and Cane yield more fuel than starchy corn, while corn makes high demands on the water and land.  Many experts now believe that ethanol should be made from cellulose, especially in climates where sugary plants do not grow. And what plant did the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend as a superior choice for long-term cellulose production? Decades ago, the government knew that Cannabis Hemp yielded four times more cellulose than pine trees over twenty years.

Craig Lee, from the Kentucky Hemp Museum and Library, explains how hemp hurds could provide stock for Cellulosic Ethanol production, as well as highly nutritious Hempseed food and oil products that would actually supplement food supplies and provide economic stability in his native Kentucky – where his family had grown hemp for generations.Hemp for Cellulosic Ethanol

In America, President Bush has called for increased production of Ethanol, despite it’s economic fallout and damage to the land, bowing to the large agribusiness corporations that benefit enormously from the rising demand and profits from corn, supplemented by taxpayer funds. Yet, under his administration, the DEA has refused to issue permits for farmers in North Dakota wanting to grow industrial hemp, like their neighbors to the north in Canada.

In this video, courtesy of Vote Hemp, the North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture explains why his state could benefit from returning Cannabis Hemp to it’s traditional place in the crop rotation.North Dakota’s Agriculutre Commissioner Backs Hemp

In addition to cellulose from the pith of the stalk (hurds), Cannabis Hemp provides another source of fuel – biodiesel from hemp seed oil! The following video of the “Hemp Car” at the at an Ohio County Fair shows how micro-biodiesel facilities can utilize hemp seed oil.Hempseed Biodiesel Car at Ohio County Fair

“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.” -President George Washington, 1794