Energy, Environment & Fuel

Can Soil Help Combat Climate Change?
Its time to talk about how Industrial Hemp can help Sequester Carbon back into the soil - here is an article that talks about How Soil Can Help Combat Climate Change? Since hemp is a huge fiberous carbon sponge we need to plant more as fast as possible. To me, all the focus on THC & CBD Cannabis is really slowing down the incredible things the Industrial side of hemp can accomplish. Two molecules (should be thought of as "ingredients") shouldn't get all of the attention :] Read this article and just insert growing industrial hemp as the crop. [...]
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How hemp could be a huge tool in fighting climate change
John Horsfield processes hemp so that it can be used in mattresses, animal bedding, as a building material and a biofuel. “Hemp is the strongest grown natural fibre and it does not stretch,” says John Horsfield, a hemp processing supervisor at a farm in North Yorkshire. “It can be used for all sorts. We use it for mattresses, animal bedding, as a building material and a biofuel.” Some farmers grow hemp for cannabis oil, which can be bought legally in high street shops, but the hemp Mr Horsfield deals with is used as a fibre product. Hemp is derived from the cannabis plant but this contains almost no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – the active ingredient that makes cannabis a drug – which is all contained in the leafy part of the plant. Hemp instead consists of the fibre and stem of the plant and is thought to be the first domestically cultivated plant, dating back thousands of years. Mr Horsfield started working at the hemp plant, owned by mattress manufacturer Harrison Spinks, [...]
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5 Ways Hemp Can Save the Planet – Rodale Institute
It was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It has been grown and used all over the world. The first president of the United States of America even grew it as a cash crop. Is it cotton? No—it’s hemp. Hemp was a major cash crop in the Eastern United States until 1937, when it was outlawed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Since then, hemp has been illegal to grow and sell until almost a year ago, when President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing hemp by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. Late last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a program that would allow farmers to grow hemp under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. This is big news for the hemp industry. Our water, air, and land are being polluted more than ever by textile manufacturing byproducts and plastic microparticles. With its resurgence as a cash crop and ability to integrate [...]
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Hemp cleans toxic soil and produces clean CBD flower, study finds
Toxic soil produces clean hemp flower The heavy metals taken up by cannabis plants grown in coal mining remediation fields were expressed in the leaves of the mature plants. But, critically, the heavy metals did not appear in the floral buds where cannabinoids, including valuable CBD, is concentrated, the researchers told Leafly. “We did see metal uptake in the leaves and removal from the soil but not in the floral buds,” said Sairam Rudrabhatla, a professor of biology at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg and one of the study’s lead authors. Details about the analysis of the flower buds was not published in the study. But when the buds were tested for heavy metals, “none were present,” as Hannah George, lab manager at Penn State’s Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels, confirmed to Leafly via email. Cannabis: A known remediation agent Cannabis’s ability to remove toxic material from the soil—a technique called phytoremediation—is we [...]
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Dallas-based Panda Biotech breaks into hemp business, plans a giant industrial facility
A Dallas-based company is tapping into the Texas’ nascent hemp industry with a new industrial facility that will process the plant and turn it into a material that can be used for clothing, car parts and insulation for houses. Panda Biotech will open the 255,000-square-foot facility in Shallowater, a small town that’s 12 miles northwest of Lubbock. It will finalize its purchase of the building in early 2020 and begin processing within a year, company spokesman Bill Pentak said. Texas’ hemp industry is poised to grow after state lawmakers legalized the crop this year. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law in January — but farmers are still waiting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of the state program and Texas’ adoption of rules. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said this week that the state will begin issuing licenses to grow hemp in early 2020. Hemp is a type of the cannabis. It’s related to marijuana but has low or untraceable amounts of te [...]
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Hemp Grower
NOTE: this is a "must subscribe" publication if you have real interest in Industrial Hemp. Supporting legal hemp cultivators with: industry trend analysis, business strategy, expert cultivation advice, extraction, marketing, financial topics, and legal issues. HG’s mission is to support legal hemp cultivators by providing actionable intelligence in all aspects of the business—from regulatory news to analysis of industry trends and business strategy, as well as expert advice on cultivation, extraction, marketing, financial topics, legal issues and more. HG focuses strictly on the business of legal hemp and aims to provide timely information—through its website, e-newsletter, print magazine and annual Cannabis Conference—to help the reader make timely, informed decisions to help them run their hemp businesses more efficiently and more profitably. The first issue of Hemp Grower will be published and distributed to subscribers in late 2019. [...]
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Can Hemp Clean Up the Earth?
In 2017, Gavin Stonehouse, a graduate student in plant biology at Colorado State University, started cultivating hemp plants in a special soil mixture dosed with varying levels of selenium. A mineral that occurs naturally in most of the western United States, selenium is also a nasty environmental pollutant when produced in excess by industrial and agricultural activities. Stonehouse wanted to find out if hemp could handle the selenium. If the plants thrived, it would be an important first step towards proving claims that industrial hemp naturally cleans soils contaminated with a multitude of toxic substances – a process known as “bioremediation” or “phytoremediation.” The next step will be to discover just how much of the selenium the plants extract, and where the mineral ends up – in the plants’ roots, stems, seeds or flowers. Stonehouse and his advisor, CSU professor Elizabeth Pilon-Smits, plan to publish their results this summer. But the early indications are promi [...]
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Hemp for Remediation and Green Spaces | National Hemp Association
One of the most underrated aspects of industrial hemp is its use for land reclamation and remediation. Below are excerpts from a very insightful report written by T.J. Cole for Messiah College. With the combination of brilliant young minds and this type of vision for hemp, we will help ensure a greener, healthier and sustainable future for all of us. The full report here. While it is universally known in sustainability that urban areas lack access to healthy, local food, and green space, few people outside the field seem to know amelioration tactics. Brownfields redevelopment has long been accepted as a means of urban restoration, but it hardly seems to hold true to a scientific dogma. “Gary”, Executive Director of an urban farm non-profit in Pennsylvania, claims to have spent several years adding organic material to his vacant lots and eventually bringing in his own topsoil. Though this method worked, and “Gary’s” farm has flourished immensely, it does not seem to have been [...]
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