HCM visited Jamie on his 240-acre hemp farm in Leicestershire, to discuss everything from the practical and industrial benefits of hemp farming, to how it could drastically improve the environment, carbon footprint, renewable energy and economy in the UK.
Jamie’s farm, that is licensed by the Home Office under the licensing regime for industrial hemp cultivation in the UK, began when he showed interest in hemp for its phytoremedial properties and its ability to absorb heavy metals from contaminated grounds. He states that the main benefit of hemp is that that it can absorb 25 times the amount of CO2 that a forest would.
In a 120-day growth cycle of the hemp crop, the same size forest would take 25 years to have the same carbon sequestration benefits. Equally, because it’s sustainable, he says that hemp is able to break up compacted soil, which increases the follow-on crop yield when used in a responsible crop rotation. With 1.8 million tonnes of petrochemical plastics being produced this year alone in the U.K.
Jamie says that their main focus is to target large carbon usage industrial sectors such as construction and plastics and offer them an alternative natural resource. His land currently has 240 acres of hemp plants, accounting to one million square metres and around 233 million plants; however, he needs many more farms similar to his across the country to produce enough to make a difference.
Over the next 12 months, Jamie is going to be working hard to construct a primary decortication facility and a primary processing and manufacturing facility. Additionally, he is working alongside Liverpool John Moor University to focus on a carbon negative modular housing system which aims to use 100% hemp derived materials, bio composites and insulation materials.
Original source: Hemp & CBD Media – YouTube