Hemp and Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s October 2018 Special Report is an urgent reminder that if we serious about a limiting global warming to 1.5˚C, we need to get serious about public engagement.

The report highlights the key environmental benefits of hemp: 

  • Hemp can be grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. 
  • Hemp is suitable for cultivation near surface water. 
  • Hemp is in the top 5 out of 23 crops for biodiversity friendliness, performing better than all major crops such as wheat, maize or rapeseed (Montford and Small, 1999).
  • Excellent carbon sequestration: One hectare of industrial hemp can absorb 15 tonnes of CO2 per hectare. 
  • Hemp’s rapid growth makes it one of the fastest CO2-to-biomass conversion tools available, more efficient than agro– forestry. 
  • Hemp restores soil health: Due to its vigorous growth, hemp is known to be a pioneer plant that can be used for land reclamation and indeed phytoremediation; ‘cleaning’ land polluted by heavy metals. Hemp is a valuable preceding crop in rotations. After cultivation the soil is left in optimum condition.
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