Hemp – The Environmentally Sustainable Alternative

Hemp has over 25,000 product uses that help the environment including paper, plastics and food. Hemp paper saves the forests and hemp plastic does not require oil. Henry Ford made an automobile body out of hemp plastic. I remember seeing the video of him hitting the car with a baseball bat.

The plant is easy to grow and requires no fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. It canhemp also thrive growing in poor soil and better than ideal environments. It also grows very quickly compared to trees which makes it a great source for making paper and wood.

We have purchased hiking shoes and other clothing made of this remarkable plant and found them both fashionable and durable.

Why has it been illegal in the USA up until recently? This is the industrial version. Not the kind you smoke. When the tornadoes wiped out the very old pecan groves in south Georgia they talked about the years it would take to produce pecans again. Why not plant hemp and receive a profitable cash crop quickly?

We use it in our composting toilets at the inn. It is crazy that our government bans this wonderful plant.

For more information on our yurts visit our yurt site.

For more information on industrial hemp visit https://www.agmrc.org/commodities-products/fiber/industrial-hemp

Eat Less Meat- Helps You and the Planet

Did you know that going meat free helps the Earth?

The meat industry is a top source for greenhouse gas methane according to a 2006 United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization report. In fact meat and dairy production create more carbon emissions than all the cars and trucks on the highways.

Reason why is that cows emit methane which traps 21 times more heat in thegrass fed meat atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Their solid waste produces nitrous oxide which is a greenhouse gas 300 times more powerful than CO2. Factory farms for cows, chickens and pigs are the worst when it comes to pollution. Some studies show factory farming is worse than automobile emissions.

Try going meat free for one or two days  a week or limit your portion sizes.

We are not advocating that everyone should go vegetarian. Just cut back on thefull organic meat free breakfast amount and frequency. We have reduced our meat consumption considerably by only purchasing grass fed organic beef, organic chicken and sustainably wild caught fish. The prices are higher, portions are smaller but we like that it is healthier for us (higher omega 3’s) and much better for the planet.

Grass fed pasture raised animals also tend to be more humanely raised and that is why you will see some grass fed pasture raised products showing the “humanely raised” seal.

As mentioned earlier we noted that we only eat pastured raised meat, eat much smaller portions than in the past and eat meat less frequently. It has become a lifestyle choice for us as well so that when we go out to a restaurant we often bypass the steak since when know it is most likely factory farmed. Same with seafood which often is factory farmed not wild caught. Shrimp is one of the largest factory farming industries overseas- often from Viet Nam.

Spirit’s Tavern in Dahlonega offers a great grass fed burger that we enjoy.

If you would like to enjoy one of our delicious meat free breakfasts come stay with us. Here are some sample dishes.