Hemp Offers a Vital Solution to Global Environmental Challenges
Hemp Farm Utilizes The Entire Plant for Seed and Fibre
Hemp could potentially replace pretty much anything that is made from timber. Hemp is an incredibly valuable natural resource that is very underutilized. As one of the strongest fibres on the planet, using hemp for construction purposes will result in lighter and stronger wood products. Hemp is also able to hold nails better, and particle boards that are made of hemp are typically twice as strong as wood.
Hemp, a plant from the cannabis family, could be used to build carbon-neutral homes of the future to help combat climate change and boost the rural economy.
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Hemp Key To Zero-carbon Houses
- Hemp is the most efficient annual plant for carbon sequestering. Regardless of the end use of biomass it´s roots binds few tons of carbon in the soil. It´s an ideal carbon sink.
- One hectare of industrial hemp can absorb 22 tonnes of CO2 per hectare. It is possible to grow 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, more efficient than agro-forestry.
- Industrial hemp is a very robust, competitive plant that will out-compete weeds.
- Bio-products made of hemp can produce environmentally friendly products that are easily recycled in compost or in landfills.
- Most hemp-derived products are non-toxic, biodegradable and renewable.
Hemp Environmental Benefits
Hemp Mulch for Vegetable Gardens
Organic mulch has been used on gardens for a better growing environment by improving soil fertility. There are various types of organic matter that can be used, such as straw, shredded leaves and manure. There is a new competitor Hemp Mulch and it is blowing away traditional mulches.
Hemp mulch creates a barrier against heat and cold, encouraging young plants to grow. Hemp mulch generally stays drier than other types of mulch, this helps against frost damage. Given of lignin and pectin content, hemp mulch protects plants better than other mulches against wind damage.