U.K. Farmers Union Issues Call For Eco-Friendly Hemp Switch In Latest Report

In a new report the U.K.’s National Farming Union (NFU) encourages British farmers to plant hemp – and other bio-based alternatives – for building materials, as its aims to make the agricultural sector carbon neutral within 20 years.

Entitled; ‘Achieving Net Zero: Farming’s 2040 Goal’ it says the hemp hurd – or shiv –  is an ideal material for the construction sector. The report highlights how shiv not only absorbs carbon dioxide when growing, it continues the absorption process when used in hempcrete.


Bio-based materials in construction and industry could deliver GHG savings of 0.5 MtCO2e/year. This will also require the implementation of the Government’s Bioeconomy Strategy, as well as support from the Home Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for novel building and insulation materials like hemp …

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