The Year of Hemp: Why we Need you to Spread the Word in 2019

People keep asking us what our new year’s resolution is here at Good Hemp. The truth is that we don’t have one – we’ve never believed in setting goals that last as long as it takes to say “pass the chocolate”.  What we do have, however, is a longstanding mission to make hemp a kitchen staple across the world. And looking back at 2018, we hit a few milestones that we’re pretty proud of – like launching a brand new community platform to engage with our loyal customers, and developing our very first chilled milk. But we’ve still got a long way to go…

So in 2019 you’ll be hearing more from us our hemp community than ever before. Why? Because we think hemp is nothing short of a miracle plant, and we believe in its power to change the planet for the good. There’s also the fact that many of hemp’s properties – like being sustainable, vegan friendly and pesticide-free – are getting a serious amount of air time. After all, it was only last year that the UN declared we have just 12 years to reverse environmental damage, with many experts saying that following a vegan diet is the most impactful change individuals can make to help.

So if you’re not already using hemp, then make it this year’s mission (we’ve got hemp oil, hemp drink, hemp seeds and hemp protein to get you on your way). All that’s left to say is welcome 2019, the year of hemp. You heard it here first.

We need to lower our carbon footprint

At the end of 2018, a UN agency released a report which stated that carbon emissions rose in 2017 for the first time in four years. Carbon dioxide is a heat-trapping gas, and largely responsible for rising global temperatures according to overwhelming body of scientific evidence (ahem, Trump). This means that in order to stave off the effects of climate change we need to reduce our carbon footprint, and switching to hemp may help achieve this on an individual level. That’s because plant is an excellent sequester of CO2, and absorbs four times more gas than the same area of trees. Read more about hemp and the environment here. 

We need to use less water

Every year, farmers and agricultural workers around the world struggle with shortages of water and punishing seasons (see point above about rising global temperatures). But hemp is a crop that can grow on about half as much water as corn can, and which also tolerates a wide variety of soils and temperatures. If hemp eventually replaces other crops on a widespread scale it could help to free up precious water supplies for other uses. Seems like a no-brainer?

More people are going vegan than ever

How do you know if someone’s a vegan? (No, it’s not because they’ll tell you – we’ve heard that joke before). It’s because they’re probably sitting next to you. That’s right, veganism has skyrocketed in recent years, with 7% of the UK’s population committing themselves to a life less meaty. Hardly surprising when researchers at the University of Oxford found that becoming vegan is “the single biggest thing” you can do to do reduce your environmental impact. Still not ready to make the leap? We’ve put together this guide on the things you might miss – and how to replace them.

And people are switching to Flexitarian

As much as 2018 was a good year for vegans, it was also a great one for flexitarians – those not quite ready to give up meat altogether, but steadily committing to reducing it from their diet. In general, this way of eating features no more than one portion of red meat a week, “modest” amounts of animal-based proteins like poultry, fish, milk and eggs, and around 100g of plant-based protein per day. Need some more convincing? We’ve got a tonne of tasty vegan recipes to make the jump easier.

People are more foodie than ever

You’ve heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’. Well, never has that rung truer than in today’s world, where eating has become a cultural pastime and our meal choices a marker of who we are. Food is prepared in front of TV screens, at live events and – of course – on social media (see some of our own creations at @goodhemp). With all this wealth of information at your fingertips why not have some fun with hemp? Experiment with flavours, find out what you like to eat – then share it with the world. It’s a new superfood that people aren’t bored of (sorry avocado). 

There are so many plant-based milks out there

Over the last six years, sales of plant-based milks have doubled worldwide. Why is that? Because the dairy industry emits a high level of greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. There are also a number of health benefits associated with reducing dairy intake (such a lowered cholesterol). Finally, it helps reduce animal suffering. Within the plant-based milk world, we think hemp is best. It’s the only one that contains omega oils and its environmental creds are impressive (it returns more nutrients to the soil than it takes out, and uses less water to grow). But don’t just listen to us…we asked why hemp? to our community here. 

People are starting to use CBD 

In the New York Times article ’11 Ways to be a Better Person in 2019′, they counted CBD as number 4. That must mean something right? CBD is a chemical compound found in the marijuana plant used to treat a number of ailments including cancer, epilepsy, depression and anxiety. And a N.Y.U researched called it “the most promising drug that has come out for neuropsychiatric diseases in the last 50 years.” With more people waking up to the power of hemp, why wouldn’t they try all hemp has to offer? (Including our hemp milk, hemp oil and hemp seeds.) We wrote a blog post about the differences between CBD and Hemp Oil here. 

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