What do we know about hemp farming — it requires little water, can grow in almost any climate and is effectively pest-resistant. Hemp farming is beneficial for the environment as it absorbs carbon better than any other crop — and eliminates carbon from the atmosphere, isolating it in the soil.
Did you know one acre of hemp can eliminate 10 tons of carbon from the air? Do you ever wonder what reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 10 tons means in everyday terms?
Ten metric tons of CO2 is equivalent to the following.
CO2 emissions from:
- 24,814 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle
- 1.2 homes’ energy use for one year
- 1,275,322 number of smartphones charged
Greenhouse gas emissions avoided by:
- 3.4 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
- .486 Garbage trucks of debris recycled instead of landfilled
- 300 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs
Carbon sequestered by:
- 165 tree seedlings grown for ten years
- 13.1 acres of U.S. forests in one year
Hemp is one of the most eco-welcoming crops on the planet. Why is hemp so good for the environment? Let’s explore five ways hemp can help fight climate change.
5 Ways Farming Hemp Can Help Fight Climate Change
- Hemp Absorbs Large Amounts of CO2
One of the most common greenhouse gasses powering climate change is carbon dioxide (CO2). Hemp can also grow just about anywhere — significantly enhancing the potential land used to isolate carbon.
- Hemp Nourishes Soil
Many farmers have discovered that hemp can be a significant ally in nourishing and revitalizing their soil. Planting hemp can lower the need for farmers to add chemical fertilizers into their soil. Many farmers have added hemp into their crop rotation to nourish their fields between crops naturally.
- Hemp Prevents Erosion
Erosion is a natural process where wind and water capture soil — bringing it to nearby waterways. Erosion strips away topsoil, damages fields, and crop yields, but it can also send chemical fertilizers and pesticides into waterways, hurting local wildlife and affecting drinking water. Hemp can help prevent this erosion. Hemp roots grow deep and fast, helping to hold the soil together and protecting it from erosion.
- Hemp Detoxifies Soil
Chemical leaks and nuclear disasters can turn soil toxic for generations, making that land unusable for planting. Hemp bioremediation is a planting technique to draw toxins out of the soil and rehabilitate the soil.
- Hemp Can Help Reduce Plastic Waste
Hemp bioplastic is an alternative to plastics derived from petrochemicals. Hemp bioplastics not only eliminates the need to create more plastics from oil, but it is also fully biodegradable, unlike traditional plastic, which can take nearly 500 years or more to break down.