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Can farming hemp help fight climate change?

A small farm in upstate New York is working to revolutionize the organic farming industry, starting with supporting their local ecosystem while growing, among a variety of grains, hemp — the plant behind the multi-million dollar CBD industry.

Hemp, a species of cannabis that does not create a cannabis-like high, has an ancient history with usage dating back centuries.

Ben Banks-Dobson, who runs Stone House Farm's 2,600-acre operation, is hoping to help the Earth while promoting the unique plant and its variety of uses.

"Hudson Hemp was born out of a transition from conventional to organic farming," he told CBS News' Michelle Miller. "Our corn and soybeans only goes into chicken and hog feed for local farms selling their meat locally."

He also expressed hope for the small plant's ability to aid the climate change fight. "Our climate problem is that we have too much CO2  in the atmosphere and not enough carbon in our soils, trees and wetlands," Banks-Dobson said. "If what we do were to be adopted on a wider scale, the planet does have the space for more regenerative agriculture forests, wetlands rebuilding to sequester a lot of our excess CO2."

Read more at cbsnews.com


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