The Men Behind “Recycling the Digestive System”

This article was featured in the Elon Pendulum after my video “Recycle the Digestive System” was nominated by Planet Forward to premier on their annual show on PBS. The show showcases student projects on environmental technologies and issues.

Click here to read the original article.

Matthew Eastman and Kenton Beal, makers of  'Recycle the Digestive Cycle'

Matthew Eastman and Kenton Beal, makers of
‘Recycle the Digestive Cycle’

Elon’s Pendulum – Senior named to National Leadership Program

May 20th, 2013

Elon University Campus Newspaper – Click here for full article.

Focus the nation is a clean energy Youth Empowerment organization that selected 20 environmental students from around the company as environmental delegates. I was selected as FTN’s environmental storytelling delegate for my environmental documentaries and blogging at Crewgreen.org . I was also selected for presenting documentaries (You Are What you Eat: Aramark) to elementary school students and speaking to them about how they can get involved in their local community.

To learn more about my environmental vision check out my  Focus the Nation Profile 

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Legalization Marijuana’s Little Brother… Hemp

The only thing that makes more sense then legalizing marijuana, is legalizing its harmless, carbon negative, non-psychoactive little brother, hemp.

While legalizing marijuana is a hot topic in America, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013,” introduced in the U.S. House on February 6, 2013, is practically unheard-of. Industrial hemp is legal to grow in 31 other countries, but illegal to grow in the United States due to its DEA “Schedule one Narcotic” classification.  Today, America imports over 450 million hemp products annually, instead of growing the crop on it’s own soil. However, America’s history with hemp wasn’t always so bleak.

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Getting High on Hemp

Marijuana (a psychoactive plant) is legal to farm in more states than hemp (a non-psychoactive plant). Knowing the American public only supports legalization of plants they can get stoned with, I knew I had to find a way to get zooted on hemp in order for it to be considered for  legalization. So I did what any real patriot would do. I locked myself in my 1977 Volkswagen bus and rolled up a couple of hemp joints.

I didn’t end up getting high, but I did get bronchitis. In hopes of accumulating some advice on how I could get blazed hemp, I reached out to hemp expert and director of hemp documentary “Bring it Home”, Linda Booker.

Hemp Legislation

After many failed attempts to get baked on hemp, I couldn’t help but feel bad for hemp and it’s reputation. Hemp lives a sober life, offering wholesome and environmental solutions to society. Where as Marijuana is unemployed, and spending his days lying on a dirty sofa eating string cheese and watching re-runs of “Clifford the Big Red Dog”.

But hang in their hemp because the America public is slowly coming around. On September 27th, 2013 California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed Senate Bill 566. According to California Sen. Mark Leno; “With the signing of this bill, California is poised to grow industrial hemp when the federal government gives states the green light”. Also, Kentucky legalized hemp industrialization last April and Colorado grew hemp for the first time in 60 years. The “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013,” originally had 27 cosponsors in the house. Today, it has 47 bipartisan cosponsors (29 Democrat and 18 Republican).

Spread the word about legalization of hemp in America, if not for economic benefit, carbon sequestration, or health reasons, do it for George Washington, the hemp godfather.

Produced/directed by Linda Booker; edited by Linda Booker

Co-Director/ Co-Producer: Blaire Johnson

Bring it Home (2013)

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Oregon farmer sees potential for industrial hemp in Oregon (oregonlive.com)

Tell the Kids “You Are What You Eat”

I’m willing to bet you have almost no idea where your food comes from. Why local food is important? Or what a food Co-op is? These are all good reasons why you should watch my latest documentary.

“You are What you Eat”

By:Matt Eastman and Aj Harris

I received a call from Aramark asking me to take this documentary off the internet shortly after I posted it to YouTube. Instead, I traveled to local elementary schools in the area and presented the documentary to 5th grade students. It was a rewarding experience to say the least. Most of these kids had no idea what the phrase “local food” meant, nor did they know much about the use of pesticides, GMO’s and so on. I was astonished at how interested and engaged these kids were about the local food industry, well that is, when they weren’t asking my meat head friend to flex his muscles.

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The entire experience reminded me of my elementary days when we would watch Bill Nye the Science Guy episodes in science class. I was disappointed to find out only a few of the students in these classrooms knew about the legendary scientific superhero.

The lack of environmental classes in our school systems is just a flat-out shame. We teach kids algebra, and pronoun use, but we don’t teach them about the toxins  in food they eat everyday? It’s terrible that past generations created the world these kids grow up in, but it’s even worse they won’t teach these kids about this world’s complex problems. The problems these kids will have to live through. The problems these kids will have to try and solve.

Bill Nye the Science Guy was the inspirational spark that planted a seed in my mind that I didn’t even know was present or growing until years later, when I sat down in my first college Environmental Energy course. I like to hope, just maybe, I planted a few similar seeds in the minds of these brilliant young kids.