Hemp is considered a miracle crop because of its unique characteristics and its versatility. Hemp and its derivative CBD can be used to make dozens of products, ranging from food and beverages to textiles and paper. With such wide-ranging applications, it’s no wonder that a growing number of companies are exploring hemp and hemp-derived CBD’s commercial possibilities.
Hemp’s also being hailed because of its sustainability. In an era of increasing concern about the environmental impacts of manufacturing and our consumption behaviors, hemp offers a host of benefits to CPG companies and consumers alike who are committed to sustainability initiatives.
Sustainability and why it matters
Sustainability is a word that’s bantered about a lot these days, but what does it really mean? While answers may vary depending upon who you ask, sustainability generally refers to products, practices, and processes that meet the needs of today without sacrificing the needs of future generations. Whether we’re talking about the future of our environment, our planet, or the human race, sustainability ensures that we’re mindful of our actions today to ensure a better tomorrow.
Why does sustainability matter? Because we all need to care about the future, and literally everything we need for our continued well-being is dependent on our natural environment. The vast majority of Fortune 500 companies, and many of their smaller counterparts, have sustainability initiatives and goals addressing climate, energy, water, waste, and more.
8 sustainable qualities of hemp
Hemp has a number of qualities that make it a naturally sustainable crop, including but not limited to the following:
You can use the entire hemp plant to make a variety of goods.
Hemp doesn’t require as much water as other crops to grow.
Hemp is fast-growing, making it a better alternative for products that might otherwise be made from slow-growing plants, like trees.
Hemp can grow in tightly spaced areas, so it doesn’t require as much land to produce.
The land hemp does occupy is actually made better by its presence. Hemp’s absorptive properties allow it to leach toxins like heavy metals and other contaminants from the soil.
Hemp is better than carbon neutral; hemp is carbon negative, meaning that it actually removes CO2 from the air.
Hemp is naturally resistant to many weeds and pests, so it doesn’t require the typical chemical herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides of other crops.
This also makes hemp an ideal candidate for organic farming.
Improving sustainability through responsible farming practices
When it comes to growing hemp, farmers can employ specific techniques like organic farming and advanced irrigation, as well as technologies like blockchain to further improve agricultural sustainability.
Certified organic farming is one of the most effective ways to grow hemp, keeping the land and plants chemical-free and ensuring only the highest quality finished product.
Irrigation and advanced moisture control limit water waste.
Advanced blockchain technology allows for monitoring and tracking from seed to shelf, providing end-to-end supply chain transparency.
Richard Phelps, Director of Farming at Integrated CBD, says, “By using sub-surface drip irrigation, we’re able to achieve annual water savings of 25-40% versus if we used traditional flood farming.”
Hemp is a highly sustainable and low-impact crop that has a wide range of uses and applications, from textiles and plastics to pharmaceuticals and personal care products. To learn how Integrated CBD is using responsible techniques and advanced technology to produce the highest quality, sustainably grown hemp-derived CBD, read the Yahoo Finance article.