Hemp is drought resistant and doesn’t require large amounts of water like other crops do (eg cotton, rice), and because it’s naturally resilient to disease and insects, it doesn’t need pesticides or herbicides like other crops do. It can be planted densely and can be grown year after year without adverse effects like soil nutrient depletion. In fact, the root system of the hemp plant is deep and strong, helping to keep the soil loose for crops planted after it, while the parts of the plant not used decompose, revitalising the soil. Hemp’s also excellent at absorbing CO2, making it an ideal plant to help combat increasing emissions, even if you didn’t end up using the plant itself for anything! Hemp is fast growing and low maintenance, making it the ultimate low-impact crop – exactly what the world needs in the age of climate change.