The environment, global warming and carbon dioxide emissions are high on our agenda.
Hemp is a very sustainable and beneficial crop to the environment. It is planted late in spring and does not use pesticides or herbicides. Hemp provides an excellent habitat for wildlife including bees during the summer and on the fallow ground over the winter months, providing valuable feeding grounds for birdlife. The long Tap Root is excellent for soil structure and conditioning. The fast growing crop is a very efficient carbon sequester. Hemp requires no weed control during the growing period (either mechanical or chemical) and therefore reduces fuel consumption on the farm. Before harvest, the leaves of the plant senesce, returning valuable natural Phosphorous and Potassium to the soil for future plant nutrition. Every aspect of the plant is used. Nothing is wasted.
Good Hemp purchase 1000tonnes of hemp seed per year worth of hemp seed each year that’s enough seed to absorb around 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. To put that into context the average individual in industrialised countries produces about 10 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
Each hemp plant grown takes 4 times more CO2 out of the atmosphere than the same area of trees and because the plants are deep rooted they help to replenish nutrients lost through intensive farming.
By incorporating hemp into your brand you are helping to reverse some of the effects of carbon emissions and meet growing consumer demand for environmental sustainability and ethical products.
According to Mintel: “Many consumers would like a personal benefit or advantage in order to actively help the food and drink industry be more circular and sustainable.
67% of UK consumers agree it’s more appealing to act environmentally friendly when they see results of their actions”
Healthy, nutrient-rich soil provides the foundation for life, yields healthy food, and is important for water management and climate change. Yet soil is being lost faster than it can be replenished.
Taking a holistic approach to agriculture, regenerative agriculture is designed to improve soil health and fertility, as well as increase biodiversity, enhance ecosystems, improve water quality, reverse climate change and empower farming communities.
As we look to make a positive impact on the world around us, we’ve made some changes at home to ensure we are reducing our footprint and growing in the right way:
– We send our waste products to biofuel and recycle our water we use on site.
– 90% of our meetings are conducted online, reducing business travel
– 86% of our travel arrangements use public transport, or electric vehicles
– Our factory uses sustainable energy
In addition, we are developing goods to enhance the need for vegan products. Our growing global population needs affordable protein. according to global population forecasts we need to be able to feed 9 billion people globally by 2050. Access to inexpensive plant proteins is crucial in serving this rising global population without adding undue stress to our environment.
Several trends are fuelling the growth of the plant protein ingredients market. Food manufacturers are responding to the demand from health-conscious Baby Boomers and growing numbers of consumers who prefer meat-free, high-protein foods. High and volatile animal protein prices have put cost pressures on global food manufacturers who are finding innovative ways to utilise inexpensive plant proteins as replacements or partial-replacement for expensive animal proteins.
Production of animal proteins is viewed as less “environmentally economic” when compared to the production of plant proteins. The growing awareness of the large amount of greenhouse gases generated globally through livestock production is recognised by both consumers and food manufacturers alike. Hemp ingredient production on the other hand, offers a sustainable solution by reducing energy consumption, emissions, land usage, and water consumption, and also offers better input conversion efficiency.