Netting News Week 11 - Looking to the FutureMarch 21, 2017 - Alex
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Saving the Soil
In many towns and cities, farmers along the southern coast of Italy have been growing hemp to save the soil for future generations. Taranto a small coastal port city known for its oil, steel, and heavy pollution has hurt many local farmers, soon, however, this industrial hemp will help to remove contaminants from the soil.
In the science world, this is what is called Phytoremediation. A process where contaminants absorb into the roots of the plant, and in this case, the plant can transform toxins into a harmless substance. Industrial hemp contains less than 1% of THC (the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana). Due to this industrial hemp has no narcotic side-effects.
17 states are currently growing hemp as well as more than 30 countries including China, Canada and a good portion of Europe according to the National Hemp Association. Is hemp the next agricultural revolution, or will it just be another fad?
Trump to Detroit
This past week President Trump visited the Detroit area to discuss the lower fuel economy standards with a few top automakers. His travels come as no surprise due to his cross hairs on improving the USA market conditions.
Manufacturing in the United States has been diminishing, and our auto industry has been one of the first to take a damaging blow. Companies like General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler were among the manufacturers' that met with President Trump.
In the meeting, discussion of manufacturing in the United States was the number one focus. General Motors is planning to lay off about 1,100 workers in Lansing Michigan and another 1,000 near Detroit. We hope that a solution stemmed from this meeting. Do you think anything will get done, or will this be another downfall in the United States manufacturing?
The Next Industrial Revolution
Back in World War II, American manufacturing was put on hold for a short time while women and the cultural icon of "Rosie the Riveter" came into the public eye. A symbol of Feminism, the strength of the female workforce, and the economic impact on manufacturing that women made during World War II.
In the last 10-20 years, the number of manufacturing jobs held by such fearless women has declined. However, many people believe it’s time for our next industrial revolution. Some believe that the revolution will be lead by women. Programs like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) help shape this idea and bring it to fruition. The education coalition is pushing for more children to become interested in building and using acquired engineering skills. Another group called WIM (women in manufacturing) will be hosting their 6th Annual Women in Automotive Conference on April 24th to promote female workers in the United States and continue to educate the women currently in the field.
Powerful motions are forming some serious waves in the United States, and this could very well lead to our next Industrial Revolution.
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