Production costs of Canada versus the USA.
Canadians have been growing hemp for decades. They have a mature production system, which was originally targeting the hemp seed (whole seed and processed into hemp oil) and fiber. How that the Canadian government has legalized the harvesting and processing of the flower, the entire plant is utilized in Canada.
Canada has perfected mechanized farming and production of hemp.
Hemp is grown with male and female seeds. After the males polinate the female seeds, they die out. This reduces hands-on cultivation, and lends to a perfected mechanized farming method, which allows them to grow thousands of acres of crops each year for a single farmer (or group).
It is important to start with organic ground. Hemp plants pull out heavy metals from the ground, and will end up in the hemp flower. Hemp plants are great for soil remediation, since they pull out contaminants from the earth, hence why it’s important to start with good quality soil. As a side note, they use hemp plants at contaminated soil sites, such as Chernobyl to clean up nuclear toxic waste, since the plant is such a good consolidator. “…phytoremediation, the general term for using phyto (plants) to remediate (clean up) polluted sites. Phytoremediation can be used to remove radioactive elements from soil and water at former weapons producing facilaties. It can also be used to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and toxins leaching from landfills.” (1) While the soil remediated contaminants show up in the flower, the seeds can still be harvested to make biofuel oil.
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Cost of production in Canada versus the USA:
Cost of production per acre in Canada of hemp: $400
Cost of production per acre in USA of hemp: $10,000
Why the difference ? Canadians use mechanized production and seeds, while in the USA, we use only feminized seeds or expensive clones.