In the last weeks, the Houston, TX area is designed by chemical fires resulting in the demise of an individual and the hospitalization of others. Another petrochemical facility was caught on fire. A few weeks ago, containing around 10 storage tanks. Distributing toxic materials emitting in the air and the Houston spin channel. While the initial fire, smoke rising from the petrochemical facility creating the dark cloud stretching around 25 miles in the City of Houston.
Several types of incidents play a pall on the petrochemical industry. Strengthen the insistence of getting more human-friendly and environmentally friendly solutions. However, the dependency on petrochemicals has confirmed hard to overcome. Extensively as these materials are as multipurpose as they are flexible. From various fuel to textiles to packaging to paper to construction materials to housework supplies. Where petroleum-based products are complex to the industrial organization and lifestyle.
As there are various researchers and companies following to use synthetic biology to outdate. The petro-industrial complex, as much of the research, is wide for commercialization. Fascinatingly, there is an increasingly popular and naturally occurring material that can produce various products. That making the petroleum-derived materials and have heard of it.
Industrial hemp, to be disorganized with marijuana removed from Federal Government’s schedule of controlled substances in the Farm Bill of the year 2018. The crop utilizes in making everything from biodegradable plastic to the construction materials accordingly. Such as drywall, siding, flooring, and protection to clothing to soap to paper to biofuels got from hemp stalks and seeds. Porsche is using the hemp-based material in the body of 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport track car in reducing the weight for maintaining safety and rigidity.
Until now, despite the astonishing amount of materials where industrial hemp can serve as the substitute for petrochemical. A collection of infrastructural difficulties preventing hemp from fetching the viable challenger to the petroleum-based industries.
Initially, hemp was extensively growing around the country up till the century where equipment, facilities, and knowledge needs to distribute, process and cultivate hemp. The infrastructural vacuum has produced many challenges amongst everything from planting to seed.
Professor of Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science and the researcher commented: “Other crops have a long history of breeding programs”. “But there’s still no gene bank for hemp. There needs to be an investment in research.” There’s a significant shortage of processing capacity. Smart claims that “One of the biggest problems is balancing production with the processing capacity”. “Growers will not plant it unless someone will buy it.”
Urban of HIGH Seed claims that “Seed suppliers must work to have as little variance as possible” pointing out there is around USD 20 Mn in Oregon on seeds that are not performing as promoted. Urban records the strains that “We’ve been able to achieve consistency. And keep THC levels down throughout the duration of the harvest”. Conveying on the promises, said it is dynamic to building trust in the separate industry and suppliers.