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It was suggested that hemp might be good as an alternative crop...

I am all for returning to hemp production... it was the salvation of the North American (US) economy at one point, and could well be again...

if only people - mostly politicians but some others from "Main Street"as well, would just take there collective heads out of their arses... but then that is hard to do when you have one hand in the pockets of taxpayers and your other is giving foreign enterprise and multi-national corporations a 'reach-around'

the downside could be pretty much what we, and other producers (applies equally to farmers and fishermen), already experience... it, hemp, could become the "flavor of the moment" and when the prices of any 'crop' changes... ( rises - everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon, or falls - need to harvest more just to cover expenses) - either way they increase production/harvest until there is a glut on the "market", prices start to drop, and then they, the producers, wonder why they can't make a living...

Eventually this push to maximize "economy of scale" becomes a death knell of the independent producers... the need to have ever larger capacity and capability drives the need for larger and larger equipment which is tied to larger and larger payments to the point where producers are held hostage to the need to continually grow production... current producers can't afford to continue while potential future producers can't afford to get in to "the game"

This is further frustrated by our own governments continual underwriting the unrestrained 'growth' by subsidizing equipment and machinery purchases via tax rebates, grants, etc.

Does anyone else not realize that unrestrained growth is the primary definition of CANCER... and we all know that most cancer, left untreated, will ultimately kill it's host.

Therefore it follows that some of the current economic policies promoted by Canada's elected officials is actually and intentionally KILLING the Canadian economy...

So I will say it... again.

What leaders and so called experts have been doing isn't working... and hasn't really been working for the past 20, 30 or even 50 or so years. We are just seeing it "not work" faster and faster,and on a wider and wider playing field thanks to the increased dependency on technology and globalization.

Given that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again with the desire for, and expectation of, a different outcome...

therefore, we only have two options as a province/nation/planet...

change what we are doing...

or change what we expect the outcome to be

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  • Saherbal
    January 25, 2013 - 12:49

    You are quite right my good man and very observant. Things need to change and the form of Gov. is archaic to say the least,it also has not worked for the people in centuries.The people with the money gets more money because they have the money to push their agenda and keep the rest poor to help them get richer. It's the old hamster wheel.If you let alot of people grow these alt crops and there is alot of different things that can be done with this 1 crop,food beauty creams,textiles manufacturing. the list is endless with this crop so keep it diversified.

  • Saherbal
    January 25, 2013 - 10:28

    You are quite right my good man and very observant. Things need to change and the form of Gov. is archaic to say the least,it also has not worked for the people in centuries.The people with the money gets more money because they have the money to push their agenda and keep the rest poor to help them get richer. It's the old hamster wheel.If you let alot of people grow these alt crops and there is alot of different things that can be done with this 1 crop,food beauty creams,textiles manufacturing. the list is endless with this crop so keep it diversified.