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How Regenerative Agriculture Can Save Your Bacon!


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Presented at the GoOrganic! Seminar in Kentucky, this presentation includes slides on hemp production and invaluable information on regenerative agriculture.

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How Regenerative Agriculture Can Save Your Bacon!

  1. 1. The Solution Under Our Feet: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save Your Bacon John W. Roulac, Founder & CEO
  2. 2. Nutiva’s Hemp Offering 2
  3. 3. New Hemp Foods 3
  4. 4. Nutiva Organic Hemp 65.8% 33.5% 52.8% 48.3% 19.5% 33.6% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Hemp Oil Hempseed Hemp Protein Nutiva's Share of Organic Market Nutiva's Share of Total Market (Organic & Non-Organic) Nutiva’s hemp is always organic – no pesticides or chemical fertilizers used in the growing process Nutiva helped pioneered the hemp food industry in the US and is a leader in legalizing the farming of industrial hemp. Source: SPINS Scan Natural Period Ending 2/22/15
  5. 5. Nutiva Gives Back 1% 100s of Organizations Funded GMO Inside Rodale Institute EcoFarm Vote Hemp Over $3 Million Donated to: Sustainable Farming Food & Environmental Activism Trees & Gardens Healthy Communities
  6. 6. Nutiva Donating 750 Chestnut Seedlings to Farmers & Ranchers
  7. 7. US Organic food sales exceed $45 billion in 2015 * *United States Organic Foods Market Forecast & Opportunities 2020 by Research & Markets 2015 $32.3B 2013 $35B 2014 $45B 2015
  8. 8. Divergence Between Supply & Demand of Organics in the US 4% 96% Food Sales Organic Food Sales Non- organic food sales 0.7% 99.3% Organic US Acreage Organic Acres Non- organic Acres
  9. 9. Hemp: America’s Homegrown Superfood
  10. 10. The Search for Omegas Organic Hemp is nature’s ideal balance of omega-3 & omega- 6 fatty acids – loaded with magnesium, zinc, & iron 4 out of 10 consumers are looking for an alternative to fish oil
  11. 11. Certified Organic Hemp – Earth’s Premier Renewable Resource
  12. 12. Hemp Construction Low carbon Easy to process & build Replaces energy intensive & toxic ti- vec installation & glass “Hempcrete” housing
  13. 13. Wright’s 1918 article “Wisconsin’s Hemp Industry” "Hemp has been demonstrated to be the best smother crop for assisting in the eradication of quack grass and Canada thistles… At Waupon in 1911 the hemp was grown on land badly infested with quack grass, and in spite of an unfavorable season a yield of two thousand one hundred pounds of fiber to the acre was obtained and the quack grass was practically destroyed."
  14. 14. Canadian Hemp Licensed Acreage 1998-2014 0 20000 40000 60000 80000 100000 120000 Number(ac) Year 1135 License 768 Cultivation 11.5K ha CFX-2 13.6K ha Finola Health Canada 108,462 ac 43,912 ha 67% increase
  15. 15. Hemp Seed, Grain & Contract Pricing Canadian Dollar Sown at 20-30lb/ac Seed Cost $2.25-3.00/lb Avg. Grain Yield 20-30bu*/ac = 880-1320 lb/ac (49-74bu*/ha = 985-1478kg/ha) Contract Pricing Certified Organic $1.75+/lb Conventional $0.75+/lb *Bushel (bu) = 19.96kg/ha (44 lb/bu)
  16. 16. Growing Hemp General Observations Avoid wet cold soils Soil temperature: warm < 46.4° F Equipment – cracking seed Seeding rate 25-30 to 40lb/ac Plant shallow into moisture Requires quick emergence Weed competition No registered pesticides - food Needs Nitrogen- crop rotation, fertilizers Regulations Hemp- relatively modest for the amount of biomass Can absorb and preserve water for a long time
  17. 17. HEMP – an Ancient Plant with a Future
  18. 18. Agronomic Benefits Hemp naturally suppresses weeds and returns nitrogen back to the soil. Adding new crops to a rotation helps break disease cycles. Preliminary research shows that hemp in rotations may decrease soybean nematodes cyst populations. Hemp requires low to zero chemical inputs of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. Frost and drought tolerant but it cannot handle standing water as seedlings. Hemp can be seeded later than other crops and it can be re-seeded if required. The crop is day length sensitive thus it flowers about the same time each year. Reference: Hermann, Anndrea 2008. Appendix D. Canadian National Industrial Hemp Strategy (NIHS) pp. 284-344, – Literature Review of the Agronomics of Industrial Hemp: Seeding and Harvesting Literature Review Agronomics: Industrial Hemp Seeding and Harvesting. Slide credit: Hermann, A and Owen, A. Image: Owen, Manitoba, Canada 2011 Q uality - Integrity - Knowledg e
  19. 19. Primary Production Harvesting, Drying & Storage Intact hull and the ‘nut’ should be creamy white color Harvest at 18% moisture or less but no more than 25% Immediate drying under aeration to 9-8% moisture content Prevent heating & crusting in bin by turning 2 year storage under proper conditions Continually monitoring the grain as it can become unstable. Hopper bottom bins Grain from Combine A. Hermann A. Hermann
  20. 20. Shifting Story of Climate Change New story – oceans are becoming acidic, destroying our oxygen supply Solution: new app to drawdown carbon via regenerative & pasture systems Current story argues the planet is getter hotter Solar & wind is the answer
  21. 21. Greenhouse Gas Emissions ~30% emitted via agriculture Largely attributable to animals & Nitrogen Fertilizers 92.5% of farmland is devoted to animal production • emits by far the most GHGs
  22. 22. Rodale Institute: Down-to-Earth Solution to Climate Change “Regenerative Organic Agriculture” Maximize carbon fixation, minimize loss of carbon once returned to soil Reverse the Greenhouse Effect Organically managed soils can convert carbon CO2 from a greenhouse gas into  a food- producing asset
  23. 23. A Monster Algae Bloom Takes Over the Pacific Ocean
  24. 24. Health & Safety Glyphosate/RoundUp® Found in human & animal urine, animal tissues – contradicts regulatory assumptions & industry assuances Antimicrobial effect on animals’ gut flora. Linked to birth defects in rabbits & rats – evidence contradicts regulatory conclusions. Evidence of endocrine disruption in rat testicular cells. RoundUp® found to be 125 times more toxic than glyphosate – contradicts regulatory assumptions & industry assurances Glyphosate residues in animal feed linked to low trace minerals in cattle body tissues
  25. 25. 5 Principles of Soil Health from Natural Resources Conservation Service Compost & Cover Soil Plant Cover Crops Minimize Soil Disturbance Maximize Diversity Integrate Livestock on Land
  26. 26. Imagine healthy soils & a healthy future…