Victorian Hemp deregulation would offer numerous benefits for the environment and the economy.
Here are some key advantages:
One Acre of High-Grade Hemp Fibre Produces as Much as a 20-year-old Radiata Pine Tree.- Andrew Meseha
Sustainability: Hemp is a highly sustainable crop as it proliferates and requires less water, pesticides, and herbicides than other plants. It can be cultivated in various climates and soil types.
Carbon sequestration: Hemp can remarkably absorb and sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It can capture more carbon per hectare than most other plants, making it an effective tool in mitigating climate change.
Soil health: Hemp has deep roots that help prevent erosion and improve soil structure. It also acts as a natural weed suppressor, reducing the need for chemical herbicides.
Biodiversity support: Hemp provides habitat and food for various wildlife species, contributing to biodiversity conservation.
Crop rotation and phytoremediation: Hemp can be used as a rotational crop, helping to break pest cycles and improve soil fertility. It has also been shown to effectively remove toxins and heavy metals from contaminated soil through phytoremediation.
Versatile applications: Hemp is a versatile plant with many applications. It can produce textiles, paper, biodegradable plastics, construction materials, biofuels, food products, and more. This versatility opens up various market opportunities and economic benefits.
Economic growth and job creation: Hemp farming can stimulate local economies and create job opportunities in agricultural production and downstream industries that process and utilize hemp-derived products.
Health benefits: Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, proteins, and minerals, making them a valuable dietary supplement. Hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) has gained popularity for its potential health benefits, contributing to the growing market for hemp-based wellness products.
Reduced reliance on imported products: Hemp cultivation can reduce the dependence on imported raw materials, as it can be grown domestically in many regions. This can enhance national self-sufficiency and support local industries.
Diversification for farmers: Hemp farming offers farmers an alternative crop option, allowing them to diversify their agricultural practices and potentially increase their income.
In light of the Victorian State Government's 2024 ban on Native Forest Logging, it's a no-brainer to substitute lumber with hemp. On Wednesday, 31st May 2023, the Victorian Parliament will debate the plant's legalisation. From my point of view, any form of resistance is absurd and actioned to protect obsolete industries and special interests.
If you want to grow hemp, please get in touch with Urban Green Farms or our farmer support page.