I’m often asked about my stance on agriculture. And the way I respond each time is: I believe in the power of regenerative agriculture.
This effects and dictates how I practice sustainable living and my consumer choices every single day, especially in my food and clothing choices.
These days, there is a lot of talk about reducing our carbon footprint, but there is not enough talk about sequestering the carbon that is already in the atmosphere.
Why is this important?
Friends, according to the world scientists who study climate change, we need to collectively reach carbon neutrality by year 2040. In order to achieve neutrality, simply reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is not enough -we must pull back and capture what is already there. Escaped greenhouse gasses (carbon being one of them) is trapping heat in the earth’s atmosphere and heating up the earth’s temperature.
Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), issued a chilling report. In it, some 90 world climate scientists from 40 countries concluded that if humans don’t take immediate action to reduce global warming, extreme conditions such as droughts, devastating wildfires, massive floods, deadly hurricanes, and widespread famines will be commonplace.
So the big question is this: how do we sequester carbon?
Well, the Earth naturally sequesters carbon on it’s own! (Mother Nature wins again.)
Vegetation, the oceans, soil - these things naturally capture and store carbon. Therefore, reforestation, preserving wet lands & and restoring the vitality to our soils is incredibly important in our escape from global warming.
This is where First Crop and HEMP come into play.
Healthy soils sequester and hold on to carbon. Unfortunately, commercial agriculture destroys soils, strips them of their richness and in turn, contributes to the global warming crisis. Their methods are far from traditional and far from the way Mother Nature intended. Soils must be regenerated and tended to. When they are not, they will eventually be useless for growing and for carbon sequestration.
We need a regenerative movement - AND WE’RE LOOKING AT YOU, HEMP.
Hemp is a naturally regenerative plant and the ultimate soil healing catalyst, with a unique ability to remove pollutants from the soil, take carbon out of the air and store it back into the earth.
The power of hemp:
It can thrive in a variety of climates and soil types.
It has a fast growing rate and therefore, higher yields.
It is naturally resistant to most pests and therefore, does not need herbicides, fungicides or pesticides.
It has the ability to remove toxins and pollutants from the soil and groundwater through a process called photo-remediation.
It absorbs carbon dioxide via photosynthesis.
It makes a durable textile and uses half as much land and water as cotton.
It is a superfood- hemps seeds, hemp oil, CBD everything.
It can be used to make paper and therefore can save our trees.
I could go on… but I think you get the gist! Hemp is a Super Plant if there ever was one.
This is the heart behind First Crop. First Crop believes that our soils and farmers, particularly our small to mid-sized farmers, can be greatly empowered with hemp as part of their cultivating activities. First Crop hopes that farmers will begin to integrate hemp into their fields as it not only has great benefit to them as growers, but to the world and the climate condition as it is.
First Crops is standing alongside farmers to help and ensure that their hemp crop is not only successful, but that it is optimized for its ultimate use in its CBD health and consumer products. They even subsidize hemp farming inputs to lower the upfront costs for farmers. Currently, the company is supporting farmers with 150+ acres of hemp under cultivation in Colorado and New Mexico and is working with its farming partners and community leaders to revitalize the local economies there.
It’s a win for the environment, it’s a win for the farmer, and it’s a win for the consumer.
“Our ‘soil to soul’ regenerative hemp ecosystem is a truly collaborative effort that empowers farmers at every step to grow and integrate this miracle crop into their cultivation activities,” - co-founder, Michael "Mr. Hemp" Bowman.
What can you do to support:
Support hemp products. When you buy hemp derived products, you are essentially voting YES to the hemp industry and helping to propel its place in the US. You are supporting small-medium sized farms that are invested in regenerative practices.
Spread the word about hemp! Many people are misinformed about hemp. The truth is, CBD is not the same as marijuana! It is not psychoactive and will not get you high, but it may help anxiety, pain, digestion, and more. Furthermore, with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is now legal to grow in the US! Hooray!
Support the First Crop efforts to Seed the Revolution by joining the campaign. This campaign is to support Amiercan Farmers to help them plant their First Crop of legal hemp and help heal people and the planet.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
[This post sustainability sponsored by First Crop]