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How regenerative farming can help cannabis growers boost sustainability

(This is the ninth and final installment in a series examining sustainability in cannabis cultivation. Read Part 8 here.)

Cannabis growers looking to take their cultivation sustainability methods to the next level are adopting the tenets of regenerative farming.

The core principle of regenerative farming is “closing the loop,” or trying to reuse or recycle resources in as many stages of the cannabis plant’s life cycle as possible.

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The upfront cost of starting such a system can be steep, but proponents say the benefits are worth it in the long run.

For outdoor and indoor cultivators, that includes:

Using living soil that doesn’t require added nutrients. Capturing wastewater for reuse. Reducing energy consumption through the use of cooler, outside air to lower the temperature in an indoor grow or greenhouse. Incorporating an integrated pest-management system through the use of certain insects, mites and organisms. Using eco-friendly packaging.

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