Sustainability doesn’t just end at climate change conferences. You have to take it all the way to the grassroots if the concept is to make any difference and change lives. Cannabis is one of those plants whose growth has multiple benefits, not just for the farmer, but also for the environment as a whole. There are many factors in the chain reaction around the growth of cannabis. As a farmer who is conscious about the environment, you need to look into this to make sure that your plant growth doesn’t have a detrimental effect on the environment.
The more information you have on the plant and your environment, the easier it will be for you to make wise decisions about your growth process, and protect your environment in the process. For the plant to meet your recreational and medicinal needs, it has demands which must be met all through the growing season.
For starters, you have to choose the perfect growth site for your crop. Make sure that you’re growing in the right climate, with lots of water and sufficient lighting, and run tests to make sure the soil you are using has the necessary nutrients to support your plants. Considering these factors often ends up causing a strain on the environment within which you are growing the plant. You must use some power for different appliances, supply water to the cannabis farm, and in the long run, you will end up with polluted wastewater.
Did you know that cannabis growth accounts for at least 1% of all the energy consumption in North America? This is necessary to ensure that the cooling systems and the high-intensity lamps are all working perfectly. Other than that, at least 4,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide is released into the environment for each kilogram of cannabis that’s cultivated indoors.
Discussions in the global cannabis community about sustainability often center around proposals to make the growth process of cannabis sustainable for the environment and move away from the use of methods that exert a toll on the environment as it is at the moment.
Many proposals have been considered with regard to sustainability, and they include the following:
- Reducing the power consumption for grower lights
- Optimizing the air flow all through the operation
- Initiating recycling procedures to avoid wasting water
- Producing organic pesticides instead of buying industrial pesticides
- Producing organic soil
- Benchmarking from greenhouses
These are recommendations that have proven to be effective on trial runs in small farms, and if they were to be adopted on a wide scale, they could show promising results for a sustainable future in cannabis growth.
Success in sustainability also comes down to the techniques that the grower uses for cultivation. The techniques used usually have a direct impact on the environment. It’s advisable, therefore, that growers work hand in hand with scientists and research experts on cannabis, to find suitable growth and cultivation patterns that are safe for the environment. This is easily applicable in small farms.