WASHINGTON — January 22, 2021 — In a demonstration on how Hemp is America’s next natural resource, the National Hemp Association has produced and submitted to the White House, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, an action plan detailing how hemp can be incorporated into the major climate initiatives identified by the Biden Administration.
Hemp became a legal commodity crop through the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 which was contained within the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. Hemp, which had been absent in the American landscape for more than 85 years, is now seen as one of the most promising sustainable commodity crops; it not only consumes three times more CO2 than any other crop on the planet, it is used in a multitude of products including lightweight auto components, bio-plastics, housing and commercial buildings, fuel cells for electric vehicles, paper, textiles, food, cosmetics and nutraceuticals. As the world turns to using more plant-based products, hemp can save the family farm and mitigate climate change to improve the condition of humankind.
The NHA National Climate Action Plan has identified the following areas within the Biden-Harris Climate Change Policy where hemp can be a major contributor:
- Auto industry;
- Power sector;
- Agriculture and conservation; and
- Environmental justice.
“History confirms that the world looks to America to lead change, be it industrial, cultural or environmental. This is more true today than ever before, as we look to combat the global climate crisis affecting humankind. We know American ingenuity will drive many of these solutions and can do so with plant-based technologies. Hemp, America’s newest commodity crop, will be at the forefront of this regenerative economic and social shift; helping create jobs, clean our soil and air, and introduce sustainable new products once only dreamed about. Hemp is America’s next natural resource.” — Geoff Whaling, Chair, National Hemp Association
NHA looks forward to working with Congress and the Biden Administration to help achieve a sustainable future using hemp.
Posted January 25, 2021
Source: National Hemp Association (NHA)