Based on a focus panel survey among agriculture specialists conducted by the EC (European Commission), the bio-energy and fibre industries represent the ideal opportunities for Europe’s industrial crops. 42% of the interviewees identified fibre production as the most likely application of industrial plants while thirty-two per cent said bio-energy has the highest potential.
The responses were obtained from EC’s Focus Group in Europe’s Sustainable Industrial Crops. The group is a member of the EIP-AGRI (European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture) initiative. Professionals in farming, research, consulting and other sectors participated in the poll that ventures into the point of view on non-food crops.
Hemp receives wide-scope treatment in the report’s section that examines the comparative potential of fifteen plants for economic development, social and environmental impacts. A sturdy role in economic growth is demonstrated by hemp’s match with other categories such as food supplements, pharmaceuticals, textiles, energy, cosmetics, bio-composites and construction materials.
The 121-page report mentions hemp 121 times; a figure that’s higher than other analyzed crops such as castor bean, cardoon, cordgrass, giant reed, miscanthus, Virginia mallow, sorghum, switchgrass, sugar beet, kenaf and so on.
Hana Gabrielova, Hempoint’s CEO that’s based in Czech, said that it’s clear that the analysis indicates hemp as the most potential industrial crop in Europe. He added that hemp is the most compatible fit in the European Union’s agriculture vision and it complies with the Great Deal regulation. Hemp offers several applications in its ability to clean heavy metals.
Gabrielova’s company is a product developer, producer and food grower. He said that the best part about Hemp than other industrial plants is that it doesn’t compete with food crops.
Based on the report, industrial plants offer multiple merits such as fossil fuel displacement, carbon sequestration, boosting farmer’s income and promoting the utilization of contaminated and marginal land.
The authors wrote that the utility of industrial crops as raw materials for conventional petroleum-based commodities will enhance a shift to more sustainable resource consumption.