Italian farmers are in the midst of a crisis. Wheat prices are falling, soil degradation is increasing at a rapid pace, and foreign grain imports are starting to put the pressure on domestic agricultural production. However, a law passed in 2016 is encouraging Italian farmers to return to an old cash crop that is vastly more profitable and useful than wheat: Hemp. With harvests on average yielding €2,500 per hectare in profit, compared to €250 per hectare for wheat, farmers in Italy are starting to turn to hemp to help save their farms. According to The Guardian, since 2013, the amount of land in Italy dedicated solely to hemp production has increased from 400 hectares to approximately 4,000 hectares today.
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