Unsustainable, unecological, and unnecessary cultivation in energy-hog greenhouses

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Real Seed Co

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Ecologically destructive practices and mistaken views about climate change are rife among the Cannabis tribe, and frankly that’s on all our heads.

Ceaseless preaching about the virtues of hemp has meant too little awareness that most commercial pot production right now is apocalyptic in its destruction of our children’s futures.

Hemp is not a fig leaf with which to cover the fact that the pot industry is complicit in rendering the planet a living hell for future generations.

Crucial reading for everyone involved in the Cannabis industry is Ernest Small’s paper Marijuana – unsustainable, unecological and unnecessary cultivation in energy-hog greenhouses.

The new era of legalization needs to start out on the right foot. That means good people need to start taking action.

If we want to see a world defined by common sense and basic decency, we need to start creating it.

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jaguarlax

Tactical Gardener
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Ecologically destructive practices and mistaken views about climate change are rife among the Cannabis tribe, and frankly that’s on all our heads.

Ceaseless preaching about the virtues of hemp has meant too little awareness that most commercial pot production right now is apocalyptic in its destruction of our children’s futures.

Hemp is not a fig leaf with which to cover the fact that the pot industry is complicit in rendering the planet a living hell for future generations.

Crucial reading for everyone involved in the Cannabis industry is Ernest Small’s paper Marijuana – unsustainable, unecological and unnecessary cultivation in energy-hog greenhouses.

The new era of legalization needs to start out on the right foot. That means good people need to start taking action.

If we want to see a world defined by common sense and basic decency, we need to start creating it.

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I tend to agree with the sentiment here, I was hoping to see him expand more on a solution though.
 

Willie

🍓Crush Genetics🍓
I absolutely agree with the sentiment that asks us to guard our environment. However, Real Seed Co. effectively says nothing here and I'll assume the purpose was to get us to read Mr. Ernest Smalls 18 page paper. Same sentiment in the paper, and I agree with it, but I felt that we, as growers, were getting chucked under the bus a bit. Most of us use electricity :)

I agree sentiment wise but think that there should be some association made with the fact that it's illegal to grow and that illegality's effect on ecological practices. Seems his greenhouse and guerilla grow examples, don't take into account that there's a legal pressure to not get arrested.

I think we should be as ecological as practical.
 

Jim Dandy

In Bloom
Ecologically destructive practices and mistaken views about climate change are rife among the Cannabis tribe, and frankly that’s on all our heads.

Ceaseless preaching about the virtues of hemp has meant too little awareness that most commercial pot production right now is apocalyptic in its destruction of our children’s futures.

Hemp is not a fig leaf with which to cover the fact that the pot industry is complicit in rendering the planet a living hell for future generations.

Crucial reading for everyone involved in the Cannabis industry is Ernest Small’s paper Marijuana – unsustainable, unecological and unnecessary cultivation in energy-hog greenhouses.

The new era of legalization needs to start out on the right foot. That means good people need to start taking action.

If we want to see a world defined by common sense and basic decency, we need to start creating it.

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Decimalization at the National and Global level would be helpful to all.
Wouldn't it be great if Cannabis was treated exactly like tomatoes?
 
Hemp is not a fig leaf with which to cover the fact that the pot industry is complicit in rendering the planet a living hell for future generations.

LMAO! Drama queen much?

No we have mining, bauxite production, insane chemicals spilling into estuaries and rivers, the oil and gas industry shooting Benzene and Xylene and Toluene down-hole to fracture wells getting it into the water table, production industries barfing pollutants into our atmosphere, massive cattle farms farting us into oblivion.....but hey.....watchout for those greenhouse growers....of a weed that sucks up CO2 like it's going out of style.

Gimme a break.
 
From the article:

"Considerable stolen electricity is used to
power lighting, ventilation, and irrigation systems.Considerable stolen electricity is used to
power lighting, ventilation, and irrigation systems."


Who? Even the damn electrical-grids are high tech now. They can pinpoint someone within a very short time. Smart meters are another block. Considering its becoming legal and more and more growers are able to produce their own shit, who the fuck is going to ruin that by stealing power? Sure, there are always idiots. But "considerable stolen energy"? I can safely say that's a load of shit. Someone take this guy's fucking thesaurus away from him lmao!


Who is this guy? The Elon Musk of the cannabis world? "Stop tweeting"
 
I want to apologize to anyone who may think of me as confrontational, or verbally.....defunct haha!

I just read these articles or studies, and it seems to me the worst enemies of actual "the weed has finally been freed" legalization are people that you might think on "this side" of the issue.

I mean, griping about greenhouses in the grand scheme of things. I get it, we should do what we can as an 'industry' to minimize environmental impact. I get it, truly I do. But this borders on nagging, persistent griping.

The wind effects of greenhouses? Sure, a greenhouse structure built on a field is going to disrupt the natural flow of air, sure, I can agree, especially if your comparison is to structure free, open fields. Of course.

But how about the 3 or 4 other buildings on the same property, the farmer's house, his barn, his worksop etc.

How about the city 8.5 miles down the road that has skyscrapers and a couple hundred thousand other structures?

How about the city's 2035 mile² of asphalt highways and streets and cement parkade structures that are diverting the natural flow of water, and thus, the means and location of natural evaporation. These cities can create massive up drafts of warm air. These things fundamentally change the weather patterns. Now add thousands of cities across the globe.

How about other crops that use CO2? Cannabis isn't the only one by any means.
And while we're on it, maybe we should ban paintball. Or even better, how about the food produce industry? Or laboratories, ban them from using it.
You ever seen the piles of dry ice that end up laying around in the large food supermarkets? Do you know how much CO2 a block of dry ice can expand into once it starts to evaporate? Huuuuuuuuge amounts. Enough to cause health issues like hypercapnia, if there isn't sufficient ventilation.

Then the article also has to point out the messes left by outdoor growers in national parks. Yeah. Bust those dickheads. Nail 'em to the wall. Those are mostly cartels doing clandestine guerilla grows. I thought we were fucking talking about greenhouses! So why are you also showing images of I door grows, HID lighting conveniently on display? Greenhouses, god damn it, this study is supposed to be about greenhouses! Lol

Energy hogs? You mean supplemental lighting that may run for a few hours here or there to extend light hrs? Every greenhouse I've been in has largely been very efficient. That's the whole point of them. Most I've seen have roll up, or sliding doors to open for ventilation. A fan coming on every once in a while to clear the air? Massive energy hogs? Whaaaaat? Where are these power hungry greenhouses, never seen them. I shop at a massive greenhouse in town here, there's not a whole lotta infrastructure, or mechanics that would in any way indicate "energy hogs". Not in the least.


Like jeeeeeesh!!!......in the grand scheme of things, should we be doing studies like this? Is it really necessary? Is it beneficial to the movement as a whole to make us seem like these massive criminal, thieving polluting low-lives? I might argue it borders on right wing, 'Reefer Madness' hyperbole.
 
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