Hemp - A Sustainable Tomorrow
Revival for Survival - embracing hemp for a sustainable tomorrow
The topic of sustainable living has been in the limelight for a while now. People are striving to reduce their carbon footprint.
Be it by following a particular diet or by altering transportation. A lot of thought has been put into figuring out and weaving together an alternate lifestyle. Considering the carbon footprint, we’ve created over the years (let’s not forget the IPCC report that just came in) it’d be wise to start looking for alternative sources – an even better reason to encourage research on the uses of Hemp.
Hemp production is carbon neutral or even carbon negative, i.e. it absorbs much more CO2 from the atmosphere than the amount emitted during its production. It is said that an acre of Hemp sequesters about 11,000 pounds of CO2 during its entire growth cycle. Hemp production also has minimal usage of pesticides or fungicides making it one of the top crops that are biodiversity-friendly.
Hemp, being a crop that can replace widespread usage of materials such as paper and fibre, is a viable answer to the global crisis of deforestation.
That’s not it. Hemp is one plant that helps in phytoremediation (which is nothing but “cleaning” of land polluted by heavy metals). The soil is restored to its optimum state after its cultivation, making it a great choice in crop rotation.
Benefits of Hemp
Channelling ourselves into a proper diet means best not just for us, but for our planet as well. Here’s how Hemp is a “nature’s purifier”:
- Helps combat deforestation
- Helps with pesticide control and restoring soil fertility
- Reduces effects of carbon emissions and it also sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
- Uses are in multi-folds – nothing of Hemp goes to waste
- Help in climate reversal & fight global warming
- Prevent soil erosion and helps in sustainable farming practices
- Transform the environment by being an outstanding renewable biofuel and biodegradable material
- Conserve water. Unlike other cash crops like cotton, Hemp requires minimal water for irrigation