Industrial Hemp: transformation for NC agriculture? | Jack Whitley | TEDxGreensboro



Hemp, a long banned crop in the US, has great potential for North Carolina agriculture. Like the peanut, hemp has many uses in food and manufacturing.

During a twenty-five year business career, he has worked for two organizations; a Fortune 50 consumer financial services company and a mid-market e-commerce specialty retailer.
Jack’s work has been at the intersection of marketing, technology, e- commerce, strategy, corporate leadership, and both for-profit and non-profit board service.

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32 comments

  1. Can we stop calling it Marijuana and call it Cannabis what it's been called more than a thousand years.

  2. Great presentation. Thank you. However, who can farmers sell their product to in America? Living in Indiana, i see corn, wheat, and soybeans, sold to local grain elevators who then sell it to various companies. How would hemp farmers be able to sell their product?

  3. outstanding. i will be pitching some hemp flight suits to US Navy this year. Contact Madison Sexton at Hem Mills in NC.

  4. WHEN did PLANTS naturally OCCURING materials become PATENTABLE suspect FARCE FRAUD FABRICATION blatant LIES by CORRUPTED Patent Office Employees Politician ETC. {"POST copy of ALLEGED PATENT include TEXT and pending NUMBER asap"} THANKS in ADVANCE for ADDRESSING Matter Issue Topic CONCERNS STATED?

  5. Hemp is a miracle plant. Hempcrete, clothing, CBD oil, food products…. the list goes on. I bought 50,000 shares in HEMP, Inc (for under $1000 total). At the moment, the stock symbol HEMP is a dirt-cheap penny stock…. but not for long!

  6. ADVANCE HUMANITY

    Your CYBER ATTACK proves I am doing my job. THANK YOU.

    I could of just kept quiet and just created GOLD filling my bank account, but that would of been SELFISH ! I was returned to 'restore' EARTH, not get rich. Growing HEMP will restore earth, atmosphere, humanity, economy.

    The HOLY SPIRIT told me that explaining about atoms will help restore my brain.

    Boiling water proves that heat excites molecules that allows atoms to boil and escape. All things in life are made of ATOMS that bond into MOLECULES that creates matter. It is a matter of understanding the stages that 'heat' will do to ATOMS.

    There is a CREATOR that is sexless. The word GOD is man made for control of 'humanity'.

    It was not a question of believing my meditation but 'understanding' it. That is why I did what MOSES had them do in the BIBLE. I 'drank' MONATOMIC GOLD.

    HUMANITY needs ADVANCED

    Alright I have tried the SPIRITUAL side to get word out, now it is MANS way;

    My grandfather was a certified genius with 156 IQ that ran the PANAMA CANAL ZONE for the military until 1958 and can be looked up. ( Co. George W. Bland Sr.).

    My IQ was 148 when was 17.

    I wrecked my Harley giving me a 5.5 TBI that THC is restoring.

    I figured if THC is restoring my brain injury the way I say it is and if I am as smart as the IQ test says then I should be able to figure out how GOLD formed to 'prove' healing.

    I DID ! But they CYBER ATTACK ME !

    Government kills, GOD 'heals'.

    FEDERAL AGENT you CYBER ATTACKING me shows you FEAR 'TRUTH'.

    CREATORS 'healing' warrior.

    Because I was not believed I did a SPIRITUAL MEDITATION where I was shown how GOLD formed to show TRUTH.

    Copper melts at 1800F but the 'atoms' must be brought to a boil, that is at 3500F. There can't be any oxygen because will put pressure against atoms blocking escape. Melted BORAX will do this as long covering copper. In 100 hours 100 atoms will escape leaving 79 atoms that is GOLD.

    Only GOD can return me from 'death'

  7. Phytoremediation properties is something everyone should know about. If that doesn't change your mind about industrial hemp then nothing will. There is just to much information for me to cover it in a youtube comment. If you don't know you need to research it. I won't knock Jack Whitley for not covering it because for some inexplicable reason nobody does.

  8. Thc and cbd and the hundreds of other cannabinoids are synergistic. Saying that thc is JUST an intoxicant is a huge mistake. Properly combined the intoxication by thc can be dramatically reduced or even eliminated by high cbd levels. Neither one works for most things alone as well as combined. Labeling thc as an intoxicant is not just a mistake it's a harmful piece of misinformation that is harmful to the movement that you are trying to promote. Separating thc from cbd and hemp from marijuana is/was only helpful for persuading stonchy conservatives to allow cultivation by this reclassification. After that there is nothing useful in feeding people nonsense about thc being JUST an intoxicant.

  9. I've seen several TED talks about industrial hemp, and I have to comment that this is the best one yet. Very clear and concise data presented. I really hope more people become passionate about making America the number one industrial hemp producer and innovator, but we're so behind in comparison to other nations. This is such a great opportunity to revitalize our production/manufacturing industry.

  10. Natural over chemical anyday, better for you and me and the planet. Corporations and the super rich are killing us and the planet.

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