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Hemp can capture twice as much CO2 as forests

Hemp Farming
New research on hemp farming reveals strong carbon-absorbing capabilities

Hemp can capture twice as much carbon as forests whilst providing raw material for carbon-negative biomaterials

“Numerous studies estimate that hemp is one of the best CO2-to-biomass converters”, said Darshil Shah, a researcher at Cambridge University, in a recent interview with Dezeen.

The plant is a variation of the Cannabis sativa plant, which contains very low levels of THC. Because of its versatility, it finds increasing use in bioplastics, construction materials, fuels, and CBD products.


It absorbs between 8 to 15 tonnes of CO2 per hectare compared to 2 to 6 tonnes captured by forests. In comparison to conventional agriculture (which emits about 3 tonnes of CO2 per hectare), hemp farms present an even better scope.



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