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 . 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)


Oregon farmer sees potential for industrial hemp in Oregon (