I know it is a bit obvious these articles appear around earth day, but at least it is a start.
Personally we’d like to see the topic discussed everyday and some pretty strict regulations especially for those producing cannabis on an industrial scale.
This story first appeared at Marijuana Business Daily.
Whether operating indoors, outdoors or in greenhouses, cannabis cultivators have developed a reputation for not being as green as the plants they grow.
From pesticides to energy use, there are a myriad of ways growers can cut back on their carbon footprint. Some require a little investment, while others are relatively inexpensive.
Regardless, consumers are increasingly demanding products that are produced with minimal impact on the planet, and cannabis cultivators are taking note.
“Fundamentally, one of the really cool things about agriculture and cannabis agriculture is they have aligned goals, not opposed goals,” said Graham Farrar, president and chief cannabis officer at California-based Glass House Group.
“Running a good cannabis operation is by definition a sustainable one. Sustainable agriculture is also good business.”
Marijuana growers can reduce their carbon footprints by:
- Reducing the amount of disposable products they use — try reusable hairnets and beard nets that can be washed.
- Using stronger pots that can be washed and reused many times.
- Using LED lighting — not only are the bulbs more energy efficient, they put off less heat, which allows you to use a smaller HVAC system and reduce electrical use.
- Giving plants what they need — including fertilizer and water — no more and no less, which can be captured, sterilized and reintroduced.
- Replacing chemical pesticides with sustainable biocontrols wherever possible.