Can Farming Hemp Help fight Climate Change? 

 November 16, 2020

By  Stratis Hemp

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Industrial hemp proponents already know its many environmental benefits, but more scientists, politicians, and traditional farmers are discovering them too.

One such farmer is Ben Banks-Dobson, who runs a 2,600-acre farm in upstate New York. The once conventional farm has been transitioning to organic farming methods, and looks to revolutionize the industry, and help the Earth, through hemp.

"Our climate problem is that we have too much CO2 in the atmosphere and not enough carbon in our soils, trees and wetlands," Banks-Dobson said. "If what we do were to be adopted on a wider scale, the planet does have the space for more regenerative agriculture forests, wetlands rebuilding to sequester a lot of our excess CO2."

[Cornell University horticulturist Larry Smart] agrees that hemp has the potential to combat climate change, if corporations are willing to commit to making more hemp-based products over those derived from fossil fuels.

"Fossil fuels have the advantage that they can be delivered across long distances through pipelines while hemp fiber, for example, is very bulky, it's going to be expensive to move," he said. "So we need to have local agriculture supporting local businesses."

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