Source: Abbie Marks on ReleaseWire
Loveland, CO — (ReleaseWire) — 07/12/2016 — As of today, there are currently three large wildfires in effect in Colorado. Reporting over 4,100 wildfires in 2012, Colorado sees on average 3,000 per year.
In the wake of the Colorado wildfires, nothing screams louder: it’s time we start looking to hemp as a renewable alternative to our energy sources.
Hemp can greatly contribute to reducing our carbon footprint.
According to Green Rush Daily, “Hempcrete has a high degree of thermal insulation, and it is also fire resistant. Walls made from this material are breathable which regulates humidity within the structure. These insulating properties control temperature as well. Under the right circumstances, the use of hemp concrete could even eliminate the need for a heating and cooling system entirely. Or at least drastically reduce power consumption.”
It also removes 1.63 tons of CO2 per ton of hemp, and in 2016 alone, Colorado has planted over 8,700 acres of the industrial hemp crop, resulting in an average of 10 tons per acre of carbon dioxide being removed from our atmosphere.
Program Manager of Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Program Manager Maureen West describes the 2016 growing year as the busiest one yet and growing rapidly largely due to fact that the number of plantable acres are unlimited in Colorado regulations.
At a recent Women Grow Denver event, she explains, “there is no profile of the industrial hemp grower. People can register year-round,” and West says, “the work is what she’s here for.”
Anyone can be a Hempster! From advocacy, regulation, farming, entrepreneurship, there is something for everyone in hemp.
At Hemp On The Slope happening on July 30th at Salt Creek Ranch in Colbran, Colorado, producers Colorado Hemp Company and NoCo Hemp Expo bring together the industry’s most knowledgeable leaders to discuss topics like hemp building, small and large scale farming, hemp products, and more.