Industrial Hemp has been scientifically proven to absorb more CO2 per hectare than any forest or commercial crop and is therefore the ideal carbon sink
The article below is a Highlight Summary of quotes borrowed from an report issued by GoodEarth Resources of Australia:
The Role of Industrial Hemp in Carbon Farming
According to a report issued by GoodEarth Resources…
Hemp can be grown on a widespread scale… on nutrient poor soils and with very small amounts of water and no fertilizers.
Governments around the world have realised that this valuable crop is not a threat and have encouraged widespread planting of hemp as a means of absorbing CO2.
Industrial hemp is not marijuana. Industrial hemp is the name of the soft fiber from the Cannabis Sativa plant. It is distinguished from the psychoactive varieties by having low (less that 0.05) levels of the chemical THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
The Science Behind Hemp As A Carbon Sink
One hectare of industrial hemp can absorb 22 tonnes of CO2 per hectare. It is possible to grow [up] to 2 crops per year, so absorption is doubled. Hemp’s rapid growth (grows to 4 metres in 100 days) makes it one of the fastest CO2-to-biomass conversion tools available.
As a low fertiliser and zero pesticide/herbicide crop, with little management input, the carbon emissions of hemp cultivation is well below the average.
These figures do not include the additional carbon dioxide that is saved by substituting unsustainable raw materials, to end products derived from harvested hemp that effectively locks in CO2. Such products include, building materials, plastics, cosmetics, composite boards and insulation materials.
Hemcrete locks up around 110kg of CO2 per m3 of wall, compared to the 200kg of CO2 emitted by standard concrete. It also excludes the carbon savings of replacing tree-derived products and leaving trees to continue to absorb CO2.
For a crop, hemp is very environmentally friendly, as it is naturally insect resistant, and uses no herbicides. Hemp grows rapidly… and matures in 90 days compared to traditional forestry taking 20 years. It therefore starts absorbing CO2 from almost from the day it is planted.
Hemp grows in diverse soil types and conditions without the need for chemical inputs and improves soil structure while also protecting and binding soil. The long roots of the hemp plant help to bind soils and combat erosion. Hemp also is a natural weed suppressant due to the rapid growth of its canopy.
Industrial hemp replaces unsustainable raw materials… hemp could be used to replace significant quantities of tree- derived products, allowing reduced use of existing tree populations, thus maintaining their CO2 uptake.
Industrial hemp has thousands of uses with virtually no waste.
The cultivation of Industrial Hemp… is vital in our battle to reduce pollution, conserve precious water resources and to improve soil quality.
Industrial hemp is unmatched as a means of sequestering Carbon Dioxide and binding it permanently in the materials it is manufactured into.
To learn more about “How Industrial Hemp & Carbon Farming Are Combating Climate Change,” click here to download the Full Report: The Role of Industrial Hemp in Carbon Farming
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