Derek Smith, Resource Innovation Institute:

“We need more data to understand the environmental impact of cannabis cultivation”

“A lot of claims are rooted in unsubstantiated or very few data points. We need more data to be able to understand how much energy and water cannabis growers are actually consuming and what their carbon footprint is,” says Derek Smith, Executive Director and Board Member of Resource Innovation Institute.…

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"Initial cannabis challenges outweighed environmental impact, that's now changing"

Cannabis plants use up around twice as much water as maize, soybeans, wheat, and wine grapes, according to a 2021 study in the Journal of Cannabis Research. Additionally, growing indoors requires extensive lighting and climate control, making it particularly energy intensive. Morningstar estimates that…

The future of growing without gas

Jon Swain and Mike Bond embarked on a UK tour and two overseas site visits for the Innovate Waste Heat To Fruit & Veg project, also closely linked to AHDB GrowSave activity. They were looking at the future of growing without gas, and alternative sources for the necessary heat and CO2, writes Mike Bond,…

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US: Embracing environmentally conscious cannabis cultivation

Thirty-six states have legalized cannabis. Demand for the product has skyrocketed as a result. But so has the debate over whether indoor cannabis growing uses excessive amounts of electricity and water, harming the planet. Recent studies and media reports have spotlighted the issue. But according to…

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The intersection of data science and cannabis: creating a sustainable future

Baseball has been around for about 150 years with little change to pitching techniques. The cello made its debut in the 16th century and yet students are still taught the same bow hold as Boccherini. The concept of sewing with a needle dates back as far as 60,000 years, and today the general idea remains…

NFU answers frequently asked question

UK suppliers stop contract prices, posing new challenges for growers

"As the war in Ukraine deepens, our thoughts are with those living with its devastating effects. Here in the UK, we face a different kind of crisis with the ripple effects of what’s happening being felt in our energy market, and throughout the rest of Europe. Our farmers and growers are particularly…


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