Discussion subjects addressed throughout this occasion will embody: How Sun+Earth’s core pillars of Earth Care and Cultivation, Human Empowerment, and Community Engagement, current a mannequin for ecological resiliency in the hashish trade; the announcement of new scholarship applications for certification accessible to Farmers of Color; how regenerative natural agriculture practices assist sequester carbon in soil, shield water and land ecosystems, and yield increased high quality finish merchandise; new knowledge on the big carbon footprint and extreme vitality consumption of indoor hashish rising operations; and extra.
What: Earth Day Press Conference with Sun+Earth: The Cannabis & Climate Connection
Who: Andrew Black, Sun+Earth Executive Director
Tina Gordon, Founder of Moon Made Farms and Sun+Earth board member
Chrystal Ortiz, Founder of High Water Farm, which makes use of progressive dry farming methods
When: Earth Day – Thursday, April 22 at 9am Pacific
Register for the digital press convention right here: http://bit.ly/Earth-Day-Press-Conference
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Sun+Earth Certified was based two years in the past on Earth Day by hashish trade leaders, specialists, and advocates with a typical dedication to regenerative natural agriculture, farmer and farmworker protections, and group engagement. “The multi-billion dollar cannabis industry has an important obligation to shift away from high levels of energy consumption and chemical-intensive farming practices, and Sun+Earth has the blueprint for how to do that,” stated Sun+Earth Executive Director Andrew Black.
Citing little-to-no laws on greenhouse fuel (GHG) emissions from rising hashish, researchers at Colorado State University clarify in a brand new academic study revealed final month that shifting the plant from indoor services to outside farms would dramatically shrink the trade’s carbon footprint. In Colorado alone, researchers say a shift to outside cultivation might cut back GHG emissions in the hashish sector by 96 p.c, thereby slicing the state’s complete emissions by 1.three p.c.
Reinforcing this newest analysis, a 2012 academic report from UC Berkeley discovered that every one hashish grown in the US makes use of a minimum of one p.c of all electrical energy consumed in the nation at a price of $6 billion per yr. Cannabis cultivation generates GHG emissions equal to three million vehicles, researchers say. Another report from New Frontier Data discovered that indoor cultivation in the US produces 2.6 million tons of carbon dioxide or one pound of carbon emissions for every gram of harvested flower. The identical report discovered that rising indoors makes use of 18 instances extra electrical energy and produces practically 25 instances extra carbon than outside farms.
The Sun+Earth seal units itself aside from different natural applications by guaranteeing that licensed companies domesticate and manufacture merchandise utilizing hashish grown underneath the solar with regenerative natural farming practices. The rigorous requirements set by Sun+Earth encourage the planting of hashish alongside meals crops, and the strategic use of cowl crops, composting, and diminished soil tillage. Such practices assist sequester carbon from the environment, additional lowering a farm’s carbon footprint. No chemical fertilizers or poisonous pesticides are used to develop hashish licensed by Sun+Earth, whose requirements transcend USDA Organic to set further standards that profit household farmers and farmworkers.
In the two years because it was based, Sun+Earth has licensed 42 hashish farms in six states—California, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin—whose merchandise are offered at a whole bunch of shops throughout the nation. This fast enlargement factors to a substantial demand for cleaner, more healthy, and extra ethically-grown hashish.
Amid the pressure on international provides of meals and drugs made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sun+Earth helps to spotlight the advantages and resiliency of native provide chains. Just days earlier than International Workers Day, and at a time when employee struggles have reached a crescendo in the US and round the world, Sun+Earth has allied with labor and social justice actions by insisting on truthful wages for farmworkers.