Climate change has long been a hot topic, so a new industry’s rise to a global and massive scale attracts people to it. The same applies to the hemp and CBD industry. There are several uses for hemp, including CBD production. Forecasters predict that the cannabidiol industry would exceed $4 billion by 2027. Growing that much in the form of an industry requires hemp farming to go up eight-fold. With that in mind, it is worth asking whether or not the industry’s growth is sustainable. Here, we will discuss some factors at play in determining that sustainability.
Growing most crops at a big scale requires much land, manure and water. Those plants use many pesticides to keep them from becoming wasted because of pests consuming them. As a consequence of that process, commercial agriculture could just affect the environment negatively.
Anyhow, that does not seem to be true for industrial hemp for some reasons. Firstly, industrial hemp is efficient as a herb. It can grow and be harvested fast, allowing a high production rate. That means hemp need not require as much agricultural land. Hemp is durable, too, and growing the plant does not necessitate massive pesticide use or manure. Finally, hemp’s roots can grow pretty deep, allowing it to draw nutrients and water from deep under its soil, and helping to keep the mineral balance at the earth’s surface.
Some feel that hemp limits negative environmental effects, whereas, according to some studies, it could have a positive impact. It can absorb heavy metals out of the soil, thus contributing to cleaner soil. Hemp has been shown to process about 1.6 metric tons of carbon per ton of the herb grown. That causes it to be a part of the best herbs for making the air clean.
Large-Scale Harvesting And Distribution
This is another common issue with regard to mass agriculture. Managing both above-mentioned processes requires much fossil fuel, particularly in the event of a crop being shipped to nations across the world.
Hemp is robust, and growing it at scale is rather easy. It is possible to grow it in most nations; doing so possibly reduces the environmental effects of distributing hemp CBD products over long distances.
Anyhow, several nations do not permit growing hemp domestically but allow importing it. If those nations eliminate such restrictions, then they could allow for domestic hemp cultivation, harvesting, derivative production, and distribution.