In this interview I’m joined by Mandi Kerr of ‘The Global Hemp Association’ for a discussion about making big leaps towards a circular economy and less dependency on fossil fuels through establishing new uses for the hemp plant. Hemp is incredibly versatile and can be used within all manner of applications from insulation and construction materials, to textiles, food and even tyres!
Mandi recognised a huge opportunity here and created her non-profit organisation, The Global Hemp Association to connect together all manner of people; from researchers, farmers, manufacturers, government, haulage, educators etc. to increase the pace of product development and new supply chains through discussions and collaboration.
Note: Hemp is related to the marijuana plant howeverit doesn't contain enough THC to cause intoxication.Despite this the relation causes legal complications when growing or using the hemp plant, which has historically been utilised for its fibre rather than its intoxicating compounds.
Use the time stamps below to get a sense of what’s included:
00:00 – Intro
02:44 – Start of Interview
04:14 – Why Hemp?
05:13 – The Varied Uses of Hemp
06:12 – The Parts of the Plant
07:04 – Moving Past Legal Barriers?
09:10 – A Great Crop For Carbon Storage
10:33 – Where Can It Grow?
11:53 – Bringing People Together
15:07 – Evolving Through Communication
21:27 – Progress Around Sustainability?
24:32 – ‘The We Are Carbon’ Project!
26:12 – Winning Through Collaborating
28:32 – Recurring Concerns
30:53 – Evolving Through Technology
36:37 – Benefits to Farm Land
37:43 – Get Involved!
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