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Hemp Might Be The Secret Ingredient For Sustainable Farming

By Marissa Higgins

When you think about hemp, your first thought might go to cannabis. In fact, hemp is the more well-known name for cannabis sativa L., which includes many sub-species. Some of these sub-species are used to make marijuana. But hemp has uses that go in a completely different direction: agriculture. 

That's right: Hemp, as a crop, has a lot of promise when it comes to combating climate change. As Tarun Jami, managing partner and founder of GreenJams Infrastructures LLP, explains at Entrepreneur, hemp has an astounding 2,500 possible uses. 

As Jami argues, there is incentive both in terms of being good to the planet and for entrepreneurs who are business-focused. There is a relatively input cost associated with hemp, as it has low costs for fertilizers, care, and pesticides. It can also have an impressive yield of biomass: 10-15 tons, Jami claims. For perspective, this is roughly four times more than that in a typical forest.