Hemp. The Future of Clean Energy?
Bioenergy is a huge market and an industry many are exploring to potentially cut back on our greenhouse emissions. While that might sound like a perfect solution, there are some setbacks when it comes to the "energy crop" savior. While they do have promise for potentially many crops require to much water, displace too many people, and ultimately end up creating more emissions than they save. However, once again, hemp could offer a more sustainable and practical approach. Hemp crops require significantly less water and can grow in climates that other "energy crops" cannot. They are also an annual crop meaning hemp can be grown year round which gives a large advantage, when being produced for biomass, in that it can constantly be produced and grown. Although hemp's energy use today is very limited, mostly by law and federal regulations, there have been studies that show that if the U.S dedicated 6% of its land to the cultivation of hemp as a biomass, it could fuel the entire U.S with clean and sustainable energy. While using hemp as bioenergy still needs a lot of work, funding, and federal backing, it has incredible potential to take the necessary steps forward for the future of clean energy and sustainability.
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