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Published on May 6, 2012
Industrial hemp makes 1,000's of sustainable products and can help farmers, our health, the economy, and the environment. But why can't we grow it in the U.S.? Now raising money to complete production, "Bringing It Home" (www.bringingithomemovie.com) explores the story of hemp: past, present and future and the expanding global industry that is putting money in the pockets of business leaders and farmers all over the globe. Hemp is a non-psychoactive plant that can help solve problems such as global warming, nutrition, deforestation, unemployment, toxic clean-ups and improve indoor air quality in buildings.
Filmmakers Blaire Johnson and Linda Booker began filming after learning about the first house completed in the America using hempcrete by a home designer now on a mission to build a hemp group home for his young daughter and other children with chemical sensitivities and disabilities. As a building material, hemp combined with lime is non-toxic, highly insulating and mildew, pest and fire-resistant. But the one huge drawback -- industrial hemp is currently illegal to grow in the United States -- so it must be imported, despite the fact that it once was a thriving crop in America.
Industrial hemp varieties are non-psychoactive Cannabis Sativa L plants grown for their seeds, oil fiber and woody core. American consumers are purchasing an estimated $419 million in hemp products annually and that number continues to grow. China is the largest exporter of industrial hemp and American farmers are cut out of the competition due to federal classification of hemp as a drug, despite 17 U.S. states having passed hemp farming legislation.
Johnson & Booker have filmed and interviewed hemp business entrepreneurs and advocates in Spain, the U.K. and U.S. (and others from Canada, Switzerland, France and Soth Africa) and now seek funding to complete interviews and post production to complete the film by the end of 2012. Contributions can be made through mid June on IndieGoGo or through the Southern Documentary Fund at www.bringingithomemovie.com