Mother Earth, our common home, faces more challenges today than ever before. Our wasteful, single use society has polluted our oceans with plastics, raped our rain forests with chain saws and covered our land with toxic chemicals. The industrial revolution powered by coal and other fossil fuels has failed Mother Earth – and the common good for all.
To build an advanced, sustainable society requires changes to our lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the existing structures of global power and commerce. At Hemp Business Journal, we are proud to call ourselves agents of change and servants to Mother Earth. And if you are one too, we thank you.
What you are about to read comes from an in-depth investigation into solutions to climate change and innovations to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. We began by asking a lot of questions: Which agricultural commodity uses little water? Which regrows quickly? What kind of biomass is best for sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide? What can be the foundation of a green industrial renaissance? What crop can do all of this and help eradicate hunger? Our questions led us to an expected answer… hemp.
The more we learned about hemp, the more amazed we were by its promise and potential. We focused on the economic and commercial applications of hemp because we believe business is a powerful force for social good and environmental change. We believe the crisis of hunger, poverty and climate change are a single crisis and must be addressed through an integral ecology.
At its core, the Hemp Business Journal is the result of an ambitious mission to inform titans of industry, entrepreneurs, investors and political leaders about hemp, and how it can be used as foundational crop for economic, social and environmental progress.
Hemp can be used to achieved many of these objectives.
- Sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide and/or reduced fossil fuel consumption.
- Prevent the destruction of natural ecosystems (biodiversity).
- It would not burden developing countries with costly socio-economic regulations.
- It would not require significant changes to current land use (i.e.,displacing people or activities).
- It would have a minimal environmental impact and/or addressother environmental/pollution problems.
- It would also provide (socially equitable) economic incentives for global implementation.
The key determining variable is global land use. Contrary to popular belief there is more than enough available cropland to satisfy the World’s rapidly growing population. Taking into account the unsuitability of some soils and terrain, the FAO considers there to be 3000 Mha of potential cropland of which only about 50 percent is at present cultivated (around 1450 Mha)(IPCC, 1996b, p. 809). In light of this, many of the analyses (Hall et al., 1994 and IPCC, 1996b) that consider between 10 and 15 percent of total global cropland to be available for biomass production specifically for energy (and transport) applications represent conservative assumptions.
When taken along with the potential use of Hemp as a bioremediation crop for land suffering “light” to “moderate” degradation, (750 Mha and 910 Mha, respectively) much of which is caused by the over cropping of erodible soils, unsustainable land use conversions (i.e., forest to livestock) and over use of chemical inputs (IPCC, 1996b) the possibilities have even more practical relevance for future development, especially in the agricultural sectors of developing countries.
The World urgently needs a replacement for fossil fuels and while there are many overtly technological options the only realistic possibility rests in finding a comparatively similar substitution feedstock. Cellulose derived ethanol would appear to be an ideal industrial successor to fossil fuels with Hemp being the most environmentally sound and economically viable feedstock for ethanol production. In addition we should consider all the products ranging from plastics to building composites currently dependent on fossil fuels which the utilization of highly versatile cellulose from Hemp could replace. In effect we would be replacing an unsustainable industrial feedstock for one which is not only sustainable but addresses some very serious environmental and socio-economic issues.
Section of this page are quote from Marc Deeley’s article titled: “Could Cannabis Provide a Solution to Climate Change”