hemp must play a part in the global drive to sustainability
Hemp is a CO2 sequestrator, actively taking carbon out of the atmosphere. It reduces the need for pesticides and herbicides. It contributes to biodiversity. It can replace vital soil nutrients and prevent soil erosion. It needs relatively little water to grow. And its products are biodegradable. It is difficult to overstate the sustainability benefits of hemp.
Hemp is a more effective sequester of carbon dioxide than trees – for every ton produced, 1.63 tons of greenhouse gasses are removed from the air. Because hemp’s production cycle is so fast, this process can be repeated several times in a year.
Almost all varieties of hemp are naturally resistant to insect pests and predators which reduces the need for pesticides and encourages the presence of bees, small birds and animals. Hemp is also a great groundcover crop, again meaning fewer herbicides and weed killers are needed.
Hemp’s roots will extend to nine feet deep, reducing soil erosion. The high quantities of biomass it produces decompose in the soil, replacing vital nutrients. Hemp plants can also be used to clean contaminated land as they absorb heavy metals and toxins.
The hardiness of hemp means it needs far less water than other crops. From carbon to soil and biodiversity to water Hemp delivers the tools that we need to help repair our environment whilst feeding and caring for our peoples.
- For every ton of hemp produced, 1.63 tons of C02 are captured
- Hemp reaches maturity in just four months, increasing the number of cycles of carbon capture
- Natural resistance to pests reduces the need for pesticides
- Groundcover reduces the need for weed killers
- Hemp helps provide a habitat for bees, small birds and mammals
- Hemp plants can clean contaminated land by absorbing heavy metals.
- Its strength and versatility make it a natural replacement for many manmade products