Blog | www.hempfoods.com.au | June, 2020 | Read article here
Hemp literally has thousands of beneficial uses. Food, fibre, fuel, fabrics, furniture, medicine, building materials, paper, bio-plastics and the list goes on. This plant does it all.
While doing all this Hemp removes more CO2 from the air than trees do and is highly pest, weed and drought resistant. So, unlike corn, cotton, soy, wheat and rice, Hemp uses a lot less water and doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides. It also yields food that is more nutritious than all these others combined and isn’t plagued by their allergies.
This chart compares the maximum amount of CO2 (in thousands of Kg) captured from the atmosphere by a hectare of Hemp with a hectare of Wheat and a hectare of Pine trees. What’s more, the amount of CO2 captured by roots and leaf mulch which gets left in the soil when a Hemp crop is harvested more than offsets the CO2 produced by the farm machinery required to harvest the crop.
A hectare of Hemp, which reaches maturity in 90 days captures approximately ten times as much CO2 as a hectare of Pine Trees which take 20 years to reach maturity.