Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hemp in the United States Department of Agriculture's NAL Collection

Hemp has played a vital role in the development of humanity since we first got here. From ancient medicine to World War II's Hemp For Victory program, hemp has served as a willing ally in the fight between good and evil.

The two documentaries listed since January, 1995 by the USDA in their National Agricultural Library on hemp were found on Youtube. "Billion Dollar Crop" from 1994 and "Hemp For Victory" made in 1942 (though they reference a later edition).

For an update on how to use hemp to fix our modern economy read HEMP FOR VICTORY: THE TRILLION DOLLAR CROP by USA Hemp Museum founder and curator Richard M. Davis.

Here's the two pieces, USDA listings and documentaries posted below.  Enjoy your HempUcation.

Billion Dollar Crop.
1 videocassette (55 min.): sd., col
Barbara A. Chobocky, Michael Cordell, and Film Australia Pty Limited (Sydney, NSW?, 1994).
Distributed by Bullfrog Films. [For more information: See Distributor List]
NAL Call #: Videocassette no. 2718
Abstract: Although hemp, or cannabis fibre, in its non-toxic form has been used successfully in the production of horse-bedding, building material, clothing fabric, and paper-making, it is a prohibited plant. Doctors, agronomists, farmers and manufacturers comment on its value, especially to the Australian agricultural economy. Archival film supports the points made.











For an update on how to use hemp to fix our modern economy read HEMP FOR VICTORY: THE TRILLION DOLLAR CROP by USA Hemp Museum founder and curator Richard M. Davis.

Hemp for Victory.
1 videocassette (15 min.): sd., b&w
Raymond Evans and United States Department of Agriculture (St. Paul, MN, 1990?).
Distributed by The Institute for Hemp.
Originally produced in 1942 as a motion picture. Camera, Walter K. Scott; narration, Lee D. Vickers; subject matter, Brittain B. Robinson.
NAL Call #: Videocassette no. 1966
Abstract: Raw fiber was not available from the Philippines during World War II. This program, intended to encourage farmers to grow hemp in support of the war effort, presents aspects of the early history and the commercial cultivation and production of hemp.

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